22 January 2013
According to market research conducted by The Execu|Search Group, the accounting and finance sector is expected to make positive strides for hiring in 2013. Our recruiting specialists are seeing a tremendous uptick in demand for mid-level accounting professionals within the Real Estate, Healthcare, Retail, Service, Pharmaceutical, Technology and Digital Media industries. Specifically, CPAs with 3-10 years of experience who began their careers in public accounting firms and moved into private industry are in highest demand. From our clients at The Execu|Search Group, the demand for these mid-level accounting professionals has increased 22% year over year, with corresponding salary growth as well. Gary Grossman, Partner at The Execu|Search Group, explains, “Another area in particular where we have seen a significant hiring increase from early 2012 is the Alternative Investment space. Data indicates that for Alternative Investments – Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Asset Management Firms – 2013 is going to be a strong year for the marketable candidate.” When looking for more experienced hires, Randy Borkenstein, Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Perry Capital, a major alternative investment firm, expects to see evidence of performance and dedication that goes above and beyond the basic requirements of their previous position. He further explains, “Technical skills are critical, but confidence is valuable to me as well. I particularly value those employees who not only do quality work as assigned, but also have the confidence and judgment to know which decisions are OK to make on their own.” To take advantage of our many accounting/finance opportunities, check out our job search page, here.
22 January 2013
Over the past decade, in the aftermath of many corporate governance failures, tightened regulations associated with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Dodd-Frank Act have raised the importance of, and need for, Compliance Officers. Stephanie Tancredi, an Executive Recruiter at The Execu|Search Group who works within our Financial Services division and specializes in compliance, explains, “With the re-election of President Obama and his new term beginning, most financial services firms understand that Dodd-Frank and other new regulatory initiatives are here to stay, so compliance has been a hot area. We are seeing a lot of hiring, and even a return to guarantees and sign-on bonuses which have been rare the past few years.” The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a compliance officer growth rate of 15% between 2010 and 2020. This translates to 32,400 new jobs and 26,200 replacement jobs! “Perception is incredibly important in the investment advisory space,” Tancredi explains. “Many of our clients realize that allocating ample resources to their compliance program is not only important to the SEC, but also to their potential investors, who have been bombarded recently with news about alleged insider trading activity and other regulatory investigations at hedge funds.” As the position of the compliance professional has evolved into a well-respected, high-level, and necessary role, a surge of certification and continuing education courses have been developed in response. These programs enable both compliance professionals and those aspiring to move into a compliance career to network with likeminded professionals, while developing their skills, increasing their expertise and understanding of specific regulations in their industries, and expanding their knowledge on how to spot risk and compliance issues. The following list includes a small sample of the available certification programs that can help you position yourself as an expert in compliance. The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) The SCCE is a nonprofit, member-based organization for compliance professionals that offers an exam-optional “Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional Program”. The SCCE offers a variety of these 4 day programs across the country throughout the year. This seminar, taught by experienced compliance professionals developed its curriculum around the parameters of the seven elements of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. These elements have been designed to “provide the actions, policies and incentives for organizations to design and maintain the mechanisms for preventing, detecting and reporting criminal conduct at their firms”. This means that an SCCE Compliance Education course is an excellent choice for a professional looking for a general course on how to identify and report compliance issues. The SCCE attracts compliance professionals from a broad range of industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and utilities. Those who pass the optional exam at the end of the 4 day program are awarded the Certified Compliance Ethics Professional (CCEP) designation. National Regulatory Services (NRS) The National Regulatory Services developed a certification program in 2005 as a response to the SEC’s Compliance Program Rule that mandates all investment advisory firms need a Chief Compliance Officer that communicates regularly with firm leadership. Sponsored by the Investment Advisor Association, the NRS helps compliance professionals at investment advisory firms become prepared for this high-level role by offering them the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in e-learning, core coursework, and a certification program. Through these programs, the NRS aims to give professionals the tools they need to find the rule, when to apply it and how to keep up with changes that affect their business. The Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) The ECOA is another organization that aims to train compliance officers across different industries. The ECOA offers its “Advanced Practitioner in Ethics & Compliance,” or “APEX” program through New York University’s continuing education and professional studies department. This rigorous 18 month program teaches students from various industries about how they can establish the internal controls and code of ethics necessary to maintain best practices. This is an excellent program for compliance professionals who are interested in taking their compliance training across industries. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Wharton Program The FINRA Institute is a 6-day intensive industry specific class offered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority through the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. These classes, taught by industry professionals as well as UPENN law school and business professors, are focused on educating financial service professionals about the regulations and laws that impact broker-dealers or broker-dealer/investment adviser hybrid firms. Upon the completion of the final examination, students are officially designated a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP). The FINRA Institute at Wharton is a prestigious program that can help financial service professionals competitively position themselves as an industry expert.