Description

Location: Belfast

Workplace: Hybrid

The opportunity:

Our collections team is growing again and we are looking for a motivated professional to join this high performing, supportive and friendly team.

You will be joining a team who are responsible for collecting payments in accordance with agreed terms; working closely with Partners and staff in offices around the globe to ensure that collections activities are coordinated and escalated as necessary.

Working at Baker McKenzie Belfast:

Baker McKenzie is the world’s leading law firm with offices all over the world. Our Belfast Centre is home to over 400 teammates in both legal and professional services such as finance, IT, marketing and business support.

We offer one of the best workplace benefits packages in the business with comprehensive private health cover, income protection, life assurance and a full employee assistance plan. These and a host of other benefits make us one of the most desirable companies to work for in Belfast.

We are committed to promoting inclusion, diversity and equity for all and are confident we can provide a career as individual and as exceptional as you.

Responsibilities:

As part of this role, the successful candidate will:

  • Liaise with In-Market Finance staff, partners, management and other staff as appropriate to ensure that all receivables are followed up in a timely manner in accordance with the Firm's standardized best practice, including discussing current and future issues that may delay or prevent payment of invoices
  • Minimize risks surrounding long outstanding debts with the aim of avoiding write-downs, write-offs and bad debts
  • Liaise with Client Support teams responsible for Global Key Client relationships and provide support for any collection matters
  • Carry out approved credit adjustments, write-downs and write-offs
  • Liaise with the cash management team with regard to the allocation of cash against invoices and outstanding suspense receipts
  • Produce and publish all standard and ad-hoc collections reports, and ensure all interested parties are kept up to date with relevant and timely collections information
  • With limited supervision, work independently to complete assigned tasks and work responsibilities in order to meet agreed objectives
  • Consider the impact of recommendations when making decisions or resolving problems

Experience Required

Essential Criteria:

About you:

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Some experience within a similar position
  • Previous experience of working in a professional services environment
  • General understanding of accounting or finance principles as well as the specific law firm or professional service accounting structure, environment and requirements
  • Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Advanced technological proficiencies, inclusive of Microsoft Windows, Excel and Word
  • Keen attention to detail and effective organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks to meet deadlines
  • Ability to perform at high levels in a fast paced ever-changing work environment and successfully adapt to changing priorities and work demands, including learning new skills when required
  • Ability to exchange ideas and information effectively in a concise and logical way, and be sensitive to audience diversity
  • Exercise required degree of tact and diplomacy when dealing with others and in handling sensitive issues
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Flexibility to work a reasonable shifting schedule is required