Corporate Research Analyst

Grant Thornton - Chicago, Illinois
7/6/2018 6:41:58 PM

About Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL)

Grant Thornton has set its sights on creating the next generation professional services organisation. The purpose of GTIL as set out by our global CEO, Peter Bodin, is to shape the future of the network through collaboration and innovation and to continuously bring an external, forward looking and global perspective to the network and its leadership.

Overall role purpose

The Risk management and independence function within Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL) sets out to safeguard the Grant Thornton brand and reputation through systems and processes that identify and mitigate key business risks including compliance with applicable professional standards and regulation. The GTIL Corporate research analyst will play an important role in advancing this ambition by facilitating the international relationship checking process and providing support to other team functions and projects as available and necessary.

Per GTIL policy and global regulations, GTIL member firms are required to maintain objectivity and independence with new and existing engagements and business relationships throughout the global network. The GTIL Corporate research analyst will support the international relationship checking process for GTIL member firms by researching the corporate family trees for prospective engagements and business relationships, processing identified entities via the Global Relationship System (GRS), and providing additional research support for risk based projects. The research analyst role will help member firm engagements remain in compliance with the prescribed policy. The main disciplines comprising this role include:

Internal customer support and communications
System support

Main responsibilities

Compile corporate family trees and facilitate the International Relationship Checking (IRC) process
Research and compile corporate family trees per policy requirements using business databases and online sources such as SEC filings, annual reports, etc.
Utilize critical thinking skills to piece together information in order to identify accurate and complete corporate family tree structures for prospective clients
Apply understanding of corporate ownership structure and terminology (parent, subsidiary, brother/sister, etc.) to correctly identify prospective client relationships
Employ good judgement as to when an IRC must be returned for more information from the requesting member firm due to a lack of publically available family tree information
Attain comprehensive knowledge of the IRC policy to ensure the appropriate related entities are included in IRCs submitted by member firms
Communicate research notes professionally, thoroughly, and timely with member firm IRC contacts and engagement teams, who possess a diverse range of English language fluency and policy understanding
Apply effective time management skills to manage this time sensitive process (standard daily volumes include 120 IRCs per day with an SLA of 24 hours for the team to research and process)
Collaborate with a global research team based in Chicago, IL and Gurgaon, India to understand research best practices and IRC processing guidelines
Understand the workflow and technical functions of the Global Relationship System (GRS), an online tool designed to automate IRC distribution and information gathering processes between GTIL and its member firms
Utilize advanced Excel data skills to clean, structure, and format family tree data for upload into the GRS system
Provide member firm clients with support to satisfy user requests, questions, in a professional, courteous and timely manner
Operate in an international setting with occasional meetings and calls occurring outside of normal business hours to accommodate member firm needs

Support other GTIL Risk management and independence team processes and projects as necessary and capacity allows

Support daily administration activities including user account creation & maintenance, user support queries, developing policy communications, etc.
Assist in the preparing and delivery of training to member firms regarding the international relationship checking process
Understand the various processes supported and tools maintained by the broader team in order to provide assistance during periods of high volume activity, team member absences or system upgrades
Assist in various ongoing and ad hoc team projects as needed

Demonstrate the values and behaviours expected of GTIL Risk management and independence professionals

Maintain a collaborative working relationship with team members and internal clients
Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict confidentiality in matters that require discretion, and exhibit our global CLEARR values, of collaboration, leadership, excellence, agility, respect and responsibility
Take ownership of personal development by regularly seeking and responding to feedback, participating in professional development and training opportunities as available and identifying and acting upon learning and development needs






Bachelor’s degree in Business, History, Library & Information Science or a related degree with a research intensive focus

Recent graduate or up to one year of experience as an associate or staff level consultant in public accounting or audit, supporting financial or risk systems, or in a similar practice or function


· Robust research skills and dexterity in utilizing internet search engines

· Solid critical thinking and analytical skills

· Strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

· Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

· Experience communicating with professionals with a wide range of English language fluency

· Ability to collaborate with a global team operating from both Chicago, IL and Gurgaon, India

· Adheres to established schedules, work plans, and deadlines

· Flexible team player who embraces challenges and works proactively

· High level of professionalism and integrity

· Positive & can-do attitude, high energy with an inquisitive nature

· Previous experience of working within a global professional services environment and with international stakeholders

· Experience with the Bureau van Dijk Hyper Ownership Viewer database

· Fluency in Spanish or French

· Exposure to working with a global organization with an awareness of and keen interest in cultural aspects impacting day to day activities

· Ability to comprehend and apply policy content to business process scenarios


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Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and operates 58 offices across the U.S., with more than 565 partners and 8,000+ employees.

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Requisition ID: 040640

Chicago, IL
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