Description

Role purpose

To manage a client revenue function in the London office. The client revenue function will coordinate assignments, budgeting, billing, e-billing, collecting, and reporting for local office and non-local offices' clients.

Main responsibilities

  • Influence Billing Partners/Matter Management Attorneys and local billing teams across all offices via regular communication to achieve agreed billing cycle deadlines
  • Ensure with assistance from the Pricing Team, compliance with agreed billing processes and procedures throughout the local and global billing community
  • Ensure matters fully reflect client requirements / maintain our clients' data in SAP
  • Ensure all WIP balances are addressed. Monthly WIP unless it is a project matter should be no older than 30 - 60 days
  • Communicate to the local billing community via regular meetings on client change and how this impacts them in their day-to-day roles
  • Ensure compliance with the relevant client fee deals and terms of engagement
  • Deliver decisive analysis and advice on billings, WIP, AR, and Client accounts as the finance expert for key client relationships
  • Keep schedules/WIP Tracker Reports up to date, to report on status as and when required
  • Attend regular internal meetings/calls with local and overseas billing teams (where necessary) to discuss lock-up and recommendations for action
  • Work closely with Revenue Team Leader and Revenue Manager to ensure the appropriate escalation of issues takes place
  • Spot-check invoices for accuracy and work closely with the Matter Management, Pricing Analyst, and eBilling Team on identifying and addressing the causes of inaccuracy
  • Work closely with other CSR with the same clients, to ensure the service provided is seamless
  • Present options and recommendations to the client teams on requests received, based on general know-how of SAP and the most efficient processes
  • Attend regular internal team meetings, to discuss issues of concerns and resolution, and share resolutions to issues / positive changes to existing processes
  • Management/delivery of bespoke analysis requested by the client teams and local office Finance Management at periodic intervals or on an ad-hoc basis. Re-visit them to see if they can be automated
  • Lead client meetings/calls in the areas of lock-up, ensuring the billing cycle is efficiently coordinated between our clients and the Firm
  • Create a network both internally and externally linking in contacts to maximize efficiency around the billing cycle and collections management
  • Be the first point of contact for the practice, business, the clients on all financial issues in London
  • Be accountable for the management of both paper and electronic billing for our clients and keep track /records of bills sent directly to the client/or passed by Fee Earners
  • Versed HMRC, Solicitors Regulatory Authority, and Firms Guidelines, to ensure compliance and accounting and reconciliation

Travel Requirements

Limited if any travel

About the team

Function

The Finance function provides the following services to the Firm:

  • Supporting strategic decision-making from a financial and business perspective
  • Managing cash flow, including accounts payable, credit checks, billing, and collections
  • Ensuring Firm-wide purchasing excellence and efficiency
  • Providing financial reporting, budgets, and forecasts
  • Securing financing across the global Firm

This role will report to the Client Revenue Manager, Finance & Accounting

The key relationships of this role are with Internal Clients, Fee Earners Support Staff, and External Clients including Vendors

Technical skills, qualifications and experience

  • Significant knowledge of and experience with SAP, and especially the Firm's current implementation
  • Significant knowledge and experience of electronic billing systems
  • Significant business administrative experience 
  • Experience with the ability to advise senior leadership on key issues and make appropriate decisions to support Firm needs 
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • An energetic, forward-thinking, and creative individual with high ethical standards
  • An individual with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgement, and strong operational focus who is well organized and a team player
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to deal effectively at all levels
  • Ability to establish productive working relationships with Billing Partners, Client Managers, Business Development Leads, Matter Management Partners, Overseas Offices, and Global Shared Services Teams
  • Commercial pragmatic attitude and understanding of our client relationships
  • Ability to establish working relationships with a client's accounts payable and procurement teams
  • Ability to influence clients to refine current billing practices and resolve issues, both theirs and ours, without detriment to the overall client relationship
  • Delivers high-quality work
  • Maintains a courteous and professional manner
  • Able to present information concisely and professionally
  • Deals with sensitive information in an appropriate manner
  • Is positive, polite, and attentive in all situations, responding promptly to requests
  • Demonstrates a positive approach to working as part of a team and is a reliable and effective team member
  • Is aware of the impact of own actions and modifies behaviours accordingly
  • Willing to assist team members even when busy
  • Works effectively with others outside formal lines of authority to accomplish organizational goals
  • Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social, and academic backgrounds found in the Firm

Personal qualities

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

Know-how

  • 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
  • Has a capacity to take on new ideas and develop knowledge and think holistically about business and address media, analyst, employee, and client audiences
  • Able to move through a variety of tasks requiring different approaches, knowledge, and expertise, with the agility of mind and capacity for analysis and synthesis 

Dedication

  • 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 fully progresses as much as possible
  • Hardworking and diligent with a keen understanding of client demands
  • Demonstrates composure when dealing with difficult situations

Personal Impact

  • Uses complex, coordinated influencing/negotiation strategies, adapted to people, organizations, and/or the situation, e.g. networks
  • Leverages direct reports to facilitate increased collaboration across the organization
  • Builds partnerships based on a common agreement that acknowledges individual differences but creates a new commonality beyond root belief large-scale
  • Continually creates a positive impression; develops relationships through collaboration and reciprocity.
  • Negotiates to achieve mutually satisfactory outcomes; shows good judgment on when to stand strong and when to compromise 
  • Invests in, nurtures, and builds a network of productive relationships

Humanity

  • 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 discretion

Why Join Us?

Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm. Founded in 1949, we advise many of the world's most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,200 people in 74 offices in 45 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard. Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.

In London you will be part of a 1,000 person office, which is also our largest office globally. Originally opened in 1961, Baker McKenzie London is well established in the UK as a leading international law firm and is regularly involved in some of the country's most high-profile legal matters. We can offer you the work, pride and experience of being part of a leading law firm but in a local office environment that is hardworking, friendly and supportive.

The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:

  • Thomson Reuters (formerly Acritas' Sharplegal) Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index, 2010- 2022 - ranked 1st
  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2021-2022: currently ranked 52nd
  • Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) ranked the Firm No. 1 for cross-border deals for the last 15 years. More than 70% of our deals are cross-border.
  • Law360 ranked the Firm as one of the 400 Largest US Law Firms in in its annual survey in 2022.
  • Identified as one of the Hall of Fame for best law firms for women by Working Mother magazine, 2011-2021.
  • Received a Gold Award on Stonewall's 2022 Global Workplace Equality Index of Top Global Employers for LGBTQ+ people
  • Ranked as one of the Top 10 Employers in the 2022 Social Mobility Employer Index.
  • Received Double Certification for earning top marks in the 2022 Corporate Equality Index and Equidad MX of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
  • Winner of the Europe Mentorship Programme - International Firm award in the Euromoney Women in Business Law Europe Awards 2021
  • In 2022, we won Career Development International Firm, Diverse Women Lawyers International Firm, Work-Life Balance International Firm,
  • Innovative International Firm of the Year and Women in Business International law firm (WIBL Asia).
  • Baker McKenzie has been awarded "Women in Business Law Firm of the Year" and "Career Development Firm of the Year" at the inaugural Euromoney Women in Business Law Global Awards 2022.

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As the first truly global law firm, diversity and inclusion are foundational to our culture and strategic vision. We are a Firm of individuals from across the globe with different backgrounds, ideas, and points of view who collegially work together to solve complex problems and design practical solutions for our clients. Our multiple perspectives come from many sources, including the diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, parental status, education, social background and life experience of our people.

Our global strategy is focused on our people, our culture, our clients and the communities where we operate. In 2019 we enacted ambitious new targets related to gender, racial and ethnic diversity at the Firm. These targets are viewed as a floor, not a ceiling, to advancing underrepresented groups, and they are backed by a variety of strategic initiatives aimed at achieving our goals. Our strategic vision is supported in London by six active employee led networks which champion diversity, lead on a number of internal campaigns and deliver a range of activity to celebrate differences in identity, inclusion, and key dates throughout the year including: LGBT+ History Month, International Women's Day, International Trans Day of Visibility, Mental Health Awareness Week, Pride, Black History Month, Social Mobility Week, International Day of Disabled Persons and many more!

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