Location:  Belfast

Workplace:  Hybrid

The Opportunity:

The Accountant will maintain the accounting and financial operations in the Belfast Service Center and support the Services Function.

Working at Baker McKenzie:

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.

About the role:

As part of this role, the successful candidate will:


  • Support the Center's financial operations, including, accounts payable, payroll, and interfirm invoicing/settlement 
  • Preparation of statutory/tax compliance, including VAT, payroll, and entity-level taxes
  • Coordinate and support local audits and ensure timely and accurate preparation of the audited financial statements
  • Preparation of the Center's financial reporting, including reporting to the local management board
  • Support the Services function with financial and operational information
  • Ensure accurate and timely recording of accounting transactions in management and statutory ledgers
  • Planning/budgeting using the Firm's tools, techniques, and due dates
  • Responsible for banking and cash flow management
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate billing of the Center’s services 
  • Responsible for the effective internal controls (including Balance Sheet reconciliations) and compliance with the Firm's policies, procedures, and best practice

Experience Required

Essential Criteria:

To be successful in this role you will need:

Skills and Experience:

  • Qualified Accountant, or part-qualified accountant with relevant Finance experience 
  • 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
  • Proven ability to assess risk and take decisive, appropriate actions, especially in the case of exceptional 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 (especially Excel) and other Productivity Tools