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Financial Controller

Permanent Financial Controller position in an amazing international law firm is now available. The Financial Controller is a key role in the Finance management team, supporting the Firm's senior management and legal divisions and overseeing the financial accounting function.

In this Financial Controller role some of your responsibilities will include -

  • Day-to-day managerial responsibility of the London finance team including their recruitment, training, development, goal-setting and performance measurement.
  • Support the finance functions in overseas offices in Europe, liaising as appropriate with the APAC and US finance teams.
  • Administration and control of the global banking facilities (revolving credit facilities, overseas office funding requirements and the preparation and submission to our bank of monthly management information and quarterly covenant information) and cash flow management, including forecasts and monthly FX Swaps.
  • Review of the EU monthly management profit and loss account and balance sheet including variance analysis and full commentary are delivered within the month end close timeline.
  • Ownership and responsibility for the integrity of the general ledger ensuring that appropriate reconciliations are performed for the balance sheet including control accounts.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders including ensuring that budget holder meetings are effective, timely and ensuring that costs are as expected and appropriately accounted.
  • Ensure all regulatory and compliance requirements are met in line with the Solicitors Accounts Rules, including review of static client balances.
  • Oversee production of the Annual Report and Financial Statements
  • Oversee the SAR and LLP audits.
  • Play an active part in the preparation of the annual budget and of forecasts during the financial year.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the budgeted cash flow and analysis of the resultant covenant results.
  • Assist in the Firm's commercial decision-making, strategy and business planning.
  • Oversee the reconciliation and maintenance of partner reserves within the general ledger (profit, drawings, and capital accounts), including the payment of monthly drawings and quarterly distributions and preparation and review of partner leaving statements.
  • Oversee the preparation of quarterly commission calculations in respect of consultancy agreements.
  • Contribute to the change agenda as it impacts financial reporting and control including improvement of reporting through changes to working practices and better use of technology.
  • Develop content and deliver Finance training to new partners, fee earners and business services employees in conjunction with an external trainer.
  • Review of reports circulated to the EU Credit Committee and chairing the monthly meetings with the Regional Divisional Leaders and Revenue Control Manager.

To be successful in this Financial Controller position you must be -

  • Professionally qualified (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) accountant with minimum 5 years' PQE.
  • Experience in the legal or professional services sector and working in an international environment.
  • Managing a high volume of competing deliverables
  • Proven experience in a management position with strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate a team.
  • Knowledge of UK GAAP/Reporting Standards and SAR.
  • Experience of working in an international and multi-currency business.
  • Highly PC literate with experience of financial modelling and analysis
  • Excellent people management skills and a team working ethos.
  • Ability to win the confidence and respect of Partners.
  • The energy and enthusiasm to manage new initiatives, challenge the norm and strive towards excellence and innovation.

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