Financial Accountant

Competitive Salary
20 Jun 2019
19 Jul 2019
Role purpose

To lead the compliance reporting for the London office; including financial statements, VAT, PAYE settlement and partnership tax returns.

Main responsibilities
  • Responsible for the preparation of the annual LLP financial statements partnering with Global and Regional Finance
  • Responsible for the preparation of quarterly VAT returns in relation to all local entities.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the Partnership Tax return
  • Managing the preparation of the annual financial statements of the service companies partnering with Global and Regional Finance
  • Managing the preparation of corporation tax returns for the service companies
  • Maintain general ledger and balance sheet accuracy in conjunction with in-market accounting resources
  • Oversee all GL to sub-ledger reconciliations, fixed assets, VAT filing support, Tax payment calculations and inter-firm reconciliation
  • Monitor ledger finalisation, journal entry adjustments, and balance sheet re-classifications
  • Provide local management reporting for the office in relation to compliance issues.
  • Coordinate year-end audit for LLP and Service Company entities
  • Provide support for internal/external audits as necessary.
  • Provide assistance in relation to P11Ds and expatriate tax and NI
  • Responsible for advising on relevant developments in accounting, tax and VAT legislation and implementing any necessary changes.
  • Define and implement operational guidelines to ensure compliance to local tax and accounting regulations
  • Assist with the developments of financial procedures and processes throughout the firm.
  • Responsible for the management and supervision of the Reporting Accountant.

About the team

The Finance function provides the following services to the Firm:
  • Supporting strategic decision-making from a financial and business perspective
  • Managing cashflow, including accounts payable, credit checks, billing and collections
  • Ensuring firm-wide purchasing excellent and efficiency
  • Financial reporting, budgets and forecasts
  • Securing financing across the global firm

You will report to the In-Market Finance Lead and your direct report will be the Reporting Accountant FP&A Business Partner.

Key relationships
  • Q2C & P2P teams at location
  • In-Market Business Teams
  • In-Market lawyers and management

Technical skills, qualifications and experience required
  • Qualified Accountant ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualification
  • Significant relevant Finance experience.
  • Experience in Finance Compliance in a professional services organization is preferred.
  • Proven ability to influence, interact and consult with senior leaders regarding finance processes, guidelines and compliances.
  • Demonstrated expertise in operational efficiency and financial accounting. Strong in project management and systemic thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess risk and take decisive, appropriate actions, especially in the case of exception requests.
  • Ability to network and collaborate with teams both regional and global, while acknowledging their cultural, social and academic diversity.
  • Working proficiency in using MS Office ( experience in excel macros preferable but not essential) and other Productivity Tool

Personal qualities

These personal qualities represent the shared characteristics of high performers across Baker McKenzie, regardless of job level and location.

Know how
  • Keeps across key developments in all relevant areas and demonstrates the ability to develop substantive authority in relation to the Firm's specialist fields
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify the real issue, and to anticipate requirements and potential consequences; distils a range of possibilities by thinking in a considered, prudent manner
  • Able to move through a variety of tasks requiring different approaches, knowledge, and expertise, with agility of mind and capacity for analysis and synthesis

  • Driven by a strong personal sense of integrity and upholds exemplary quality standards
  • Prepares thoroughly, takes responsibility, uses initiative and is self reliant to ensure work progresses to the fullest extent possible
  • Hardworking and diligent with a keen understanding of client demands
  • Demonstrates composure when dealing with difficult situations

Personal Impact
  • Creates a positive impression at all times; develops relationships through collaboration and reciprocity
  • Negotiates to achieve outcomes that are mutually satisfactory; shows good judgement on when to stand strong and when to compromise
  • Invests in, nurtures and builds a network of productive relationships

  • Respectful to others, regardless of their position, and earns the respect of others by being transparent
  • Has care and concern for others and a genuine interest in others as people
  • Treats delicate or confidential issues with grace and discretion.

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