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Business Unit Controller

Business Unit Controller

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# of Openings 
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US-NY-New York
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Retail Companies

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Colony NorthStar, Inc. (NYSE: CLNS) is a leading global real estate and investment management firm that creates long-term value through investing in real estate and real estate-related assets. With $58B AUM and over 500 employees in 17 locations, CLNS is one of the world’s largest real estate investors, owners, and operators with a diversified portfolio that spans across multiple asset classes, including industrial, healthcare, hospitality and opportunistic equity and debt.



Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reporting and accounting operations for investment companies with a feeder/mater fund structure and an interval fund that invests in real estate and real estate related securities
  • Oversee the preparation of and review all SEC Filings (N-CSRs/N-Qs/N-SARs) and the related GAAP/SEC checklists;
  • Review the management reports and related work papers that support the SEC Filings;
  • Provide oversight and direction to Fund Administrator and internal staff
  • Coordinate/oversee the semi-annual review and annual audit performed by External Auditors;
  • Oversee the operational process including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Tracking/dual record keeping to fund administrator reports;
    • Manage liquidity and cash flow projections;
    • Pay monthly dividends;
    • Approve the daily NAV;
    • Budget/forecast expense accruals;
    • RIC compliance
  • Preparation of packages for valuation committee meetings, audit committee/board meetings and related ad hoc analysis;
  • Oversee the implementation of N-PORT and N-CEN filings to ensure a smooth transition;
  • Support/Assist the internal Legal Team with SEC registration statements for new funds, updates to current Registration statements (N-2 filings), SEC comment letter responses and quarterly tender offers;
  • Support/Assist the NorthStar Securities Team with quarterly due diligence requests;
  • Build key relationships with the internal Legal, Accounting Policy, Tax, Investment, Operations and Marketing teams;
  • Support/Assist the Internal Audit Team to ensure that process narratives reflect current procedures and that controls are implemented and executed;
  • Support/Assist the Asset Management and Investment teams as necessary;
  • Ad-hoc projects


  • 8-10 years of experience in public accounting or a combination of public accounting and corporate accounting required. 
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); and
  • Working knowledge of MRI or Yardi (preferred, not required)
  • Bachelor’s degree (Accounting or Finance);
  • Direct hands-on experience with investment companies (1940 Act Fund structures);
  • Excellent knowledge of investment company accounting and SEC rules and regulations;
  • Strong technical accounting skills;
  • Strong research, analytical, quantitative and problem solving skills;
  • Highly proficient in reviewing investment company financials statements and SEC documents, such as N-2s/ N-CSRs/N-Qs/N-SARs;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated commitment to teamwork;
  • Ability to communicate effectively across multiple levels, functions and locations;
  • Desire to identify and implement process improvement opportunities;
  • Ability to properly manage and prioritize resources, people and projects with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Effectively work and communicate with members of the team to ensure established deadlines are being met in an efficient, accurate, thorough and neat manner; and
  • A self-starter who views the business through the eyes of an owner.