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Financial Controller - Professional Services ACA/ACCA/CIMA

  • Job reference: 923719
  • Location: Uxbridge, Middlesex
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Finance, Financial Controller
  • Date posted: 03/02/2019

A highly ranked leading law firm representing clients in complex legal matters across a number of areas i.e. commercial, charities, employment, family, private, community, real estate etc.

The Financial Controller/Head of Finance will report directly to the Finance Director and will be responsible for the financial support to the practice's fee earners.

The successful candidate will support the Finance Director in directing and controlling the financial management of the practice including strategy; to ensure compliance with the solicitor's accounts rules and budgetary limits. The role will also require the deputising for the FD as and when required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build annual budgets, 3 year strategy in line with business plans
  • Produce monthly management accounts packs and statistics including performance management analysis
  • Ensure systems and procedures comply with the Solicitors Accounts Rules
  • Produce rolling re-forecasts to ensure an accurate assessment of business performance
  • To assist in the monitoring and control of expenditure
  • Project work as and when required
  • Annual audit i.e. to ensure compliance under the solicitor's accounts rules and to assist in the compilation of the Partnership's annual accounts for distribution to the Partners
  • Prepare year-end Partnership accounts
  • Assist with debt and cash collection by: -
    • Supervising cash flow weekly
    • Assisting the Credit Controller to produce regular reports to monitor progress against cash collection targets
    • Monitoring overhead expenditure against budget
  • Balance sheet reconciliations
  • Review VAT returns ensuring compliance with all VAT regulations and requirements and provide advice and guidance as required
  • Preparation and reconciliation of monthly payroll through liaison with HR and in conjunction with outsourced payroll provider
  • Ensure timely and accurate payment of staff, supervision of HMRC year-end returns, P11Ds, P60s, etc. as prepared by the payroll provider.
  • To process/authorise incoming and outgoing CHAPS and BACS payments daily using online banking systems
  • Liaison with auditors, HMRC, companies, Government agencies and banks; and assisting the Finance direct with projects
  • Deal with ad-hoc requests e.g. Reporting and providing management information to Partners daily
  • Liaison with other Business Support Groups e.g. marketing, to provide profitability analysis and key account management (KAM) analysis. At times liaising with IT to gather raw data which can then be manipulated as required
  • To develop and maintain a good working relationships
  • Deliver finance training as and when necessary

Experience and knowledge

  • Qualified Accountant - ACA, ACCA, CIMA
  • Experience needs to be gained from a Professional service background (Partnership/Legal background distinct advantage)
  • IT Literate - advanced Excel skills (e.g. Pivot and look-up tables); Outlook, MS Word and knowledge of Financial reporting systems.
  • Previous supervisory experience essential and management experience advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.