Accounting Manager

Property & Resources Management Group – Charlotte, NC, US

Req ID: 0412266



Full Time




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Job Description

Hancock Forest Management, Inc. (“HFM”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Natural Resource Group (“HNRG”), which is part of John Hancock Life Insurance Company and ultimately owned by Manulife Financial Corporation.  HFM is a property management company that serves global institutional investors through a related-party investment management group (Hancock Timber Resource Group) and third-party private investors.  HFM oversees the timber development and harvesting operations for approximately 3.2 million acres of timberland across the USA and Canada.  HFM represents the North American property management platform of HNRG. 

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) founded in 1985, is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock/Manulife Financial Corporation. HNRG is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is comprised of two core businesses; Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) which develops and manages timberland investments and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) which develops and manages farmland investments. HNRG develops and manages diversified agricultural and timberland portfolios for a global client base. As of September 30, 2020, HNRG managed $14.1 billion of timberland and farmland, comprising approximately 5.9 million acres located in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) creates value through the sustainable management of natural resource investments. Traditional HNRG timberland and agriculture investments have always emphasized good stewardship of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors as important contributors to achieving long-term market rates of return. As the impacts of climate change become clearer and the need for mitigation and adaptation from natural climate solutions become more pronounced, HNRG is determined to offer its clients opportunities to invest in forests and farms that prioritize environmental and social impact equal to or above financial returns.

Position Summary:

The Accounting Manager role is responsible for the integral participation and oversight of client property accounting for Hancock Forest Managements, Inc.’s Southern operations.  This position ensures the accounting group is providing timely and accurate reporting for all users of property accounting data including: Portfolio Managers, Client Accounting, Operations, third party clients, external auditors, and others.  The client timberland accounting activities managed include accounts payable, account receivable, month-end closing processes, general ledger maintenance, cash management, audit requests, and timber/property tax reporting and payment. The ideal candidate will be an experienced accounting manager with in-depth knowledge of U.S. GAAP, internal controls, log accounting and financial reporting systems, and possess strong analysis experience that can bring insights from the general ledger to the financial statements. This candidate will work as a key team member with peers, manage direct reports, and report directly to the Controller.


  • Perform and manage accounting duties such as recording and reviewing transactions to the general ledger, preparing complex reconciliations, generating financial reports, and preparing in-depth analyses as assigned.

  • Prepare and analyze the month-end closing and reporting processes, including journal entries and account reconciliations.

  • Maintain aspects of the general ledger accounts and business transactions while conforming to electronic filing platforms.

  • In conjunction with the Controller and Assistant Controllers, assist in the development, implementation and documentation of accounting controls, processes and procedures.

  • Execute or monitor master data maintenance (e.g. chart of accounts, vendors, and customers).

  • Recommend and implement approved changes in accounting methods, policies, and procedures to further workflow efficiencies.

  • Participate in and coordinate key projects.

  • Provide support to operational team members for ongoing activities as well as support during budget and reforecast preparations.

  • Develop and maintain internal and external relationships.

  • Monitor weekly exposure reports to validate all customer fall in compliance with credit limits as well as making sure collection efforts remain constant.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business/Finance/Accounting.

  • Minimum of 5 years of direct, relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and policies & procedures.

  • Possess a working knowledge of U.S. GAAP.

  • Experience with managing accounting processes and financial information through the use of strong analytical skills.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills with complex accounting issues over multiple entities.

  • Ability to learn and use multiple systems to derive answers to financial questions and guide staff on solutions.

  • Ability to recognize urgent/important tasks and prioritize them accordingly.

  • Self-motivated; strong commitment to get the job/task done well and on-time in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

  • Must be able to work independently, as a team player, and as a team builder with a focus on developing others.

  • Highly organized with a keen attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Demonstrates the highest integrity.

  • Possess the ability to prioritize task with competing deadlines.

  • Promote a positive office environment that promotes employee engagement.

  • Coachable personality that is willing to learn and grow.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Word, Power Point.


  • Previous experience in Big 4 public accounting.

  • Previous experience as an Accounting Manager on a corporate accounting team.

  • Previous experience supervising an accounting team.

  • CPA certification.

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.

  • Previous experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Prophix, Esker, SharePoint, and/or workflow automation tools that pertain to areas of accounting and contracts.

The role is expected to work with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of our organization.

This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by employees in this job. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job classification.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.  The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.


If you are ready to unleash your potential, it’s time to start your career with Manulife/John Hancock.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2019, we had more than 35,000 employees, over 98,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 30 million customers.
As of March 31, 2020, we had $1.2 trillion (US$0.8 trillion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $30.4 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 155 years. We trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.


Manulife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention and advancement and we administer all of our practices and programs based on qualification and performance and without discrimination on any protected ground.
It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request any accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.


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