The Newly Qualified Accountant will support the senior management team in delivering business performance through analysis, insight and business partnering with key stakeholders.

Baker McKenzie is modernizing its professional and business services functions (PBS) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of how it delivers services to clients.


  • Proactively support Function Leaders, Global Process Owners, Service Owners and their respective Project Managers in delivering their financial objectives, highlighting significant variances against plan and working with all stakeholders to agree compensatory measures. Provide timely and accurate information on all aspects of finance to help Functions stay on track against budget and provide meaningful analysis of actual results
  • Provide ongoing support to the Finance leaders within our Service Centres, local offices and regional Finance leadership as required, regarding PBS Program costs and their allocation, ensuring transparency and fairness. Provide timely responses to internal and external inquiries
  • Take responsibility for accurate annual budget setting, quarterly forecasting and regular monthly reporting for the assigned PBS function as well as providing cover for the rest of the team on other PBS functions
  • The exact scope of the role is constantly expanding and changing, the role requires a flexible, can do, thinking beyond the box attitude

Skills and Experience:

  • Relevant undergraduate degree (2:1 classification or above preferred)
  • Newly Qualified accountant (ACCA, ACA, CIMA or equivalent)
  • Some experience within a finance role
  • Expert knowledge of general accounting principles
  • Knowledge and experience of financial systems (SAP preferred), advanced Excel skills
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills with the ability to present to senior management and personable, friendly approach is very important
  • Flexible, well organised and able to deal with various stakeholders confidently
  • Meticulous attention to detail with the ability to understand and interpret data
  • Demonstrable ability to develop relations across different parts of the business
  • Willingness to learn new things and an ability and desire to drive initiatives forward
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • An analytical mind, comfortable with numbers
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Good team player