Description

Role Purpose

To provide In-Market Record-to-Report (R2R) expertise; be responsible for management reporting; ensure financial integrity of local accounting records; facilitate In-Market financial support to Lawyers and Professional & Business Services (PBS).

 

Main Responsibilities

  • Coordinate reporting, and analysis, of local Firm financial results
  • Periodic follow up of the financial performance of the different units (practice groups and business service units)
  • Analysis of key metrics and levers to manage, and improve, performance
  • Assist preparation of follow-ups and financial communications with key stakeholders
  • Provide detailed analysis and information needed to explain and drive financial initiatives and priorities
  • Coordinate and manage the execution finance related projects and initiatives including preparation of the London office budget
  • Support PBS21 initiatives and help ensure they are implemented in alignment with strategy and guidelines set by Specialist Functions and Global Process Owners; identify opportunities for continuous improvements within the financial operations
  • Provide analysis for the calculation of annual associate bonuses
  • Ensure the integrity of the financial transactions of all London entities and liase with the service centres regarding standard monthly and recode journals  
  • Provide financial support to lawyers and business services, actively collaborating with them to increase profitability 
  • Assist the statutory team with the preparation of the statutory accounts of the London entities in compliance with FRS102 as required and with the external audit of those accounts
  • Completion of periodic surveys on the Firm's performance

Travel Requirements

Minimal 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 cashflow, including accounts payable, credit checks, billing and collections
  • Ensuring Firm-wide purchasing excellence and efficiency
  • Financial reporting, budgets and forecasts
  • Securing financing across the global Firm

This role will be reporting to the Associate Director - Business Reporting, Finance & Accounting.

This role will have key relationships with the following:

  • R2R, Q2C & P2P teams at HQ and centres
  • In-Market Business Teams
  • In Market business managers
  • In Market EMEA+ Finance
  • In Market lawyers and management

 

About The Candidate

Technical skills, qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree desirable
  • Qualified with an appropriate recognised accounting body
  • Significant relevant Finance experience
  • Experience in a global professional services organisation is a plus
  • Proven ability to influence, interact and consult with senior leaders regarding finance processes, guidelines and compliances
  • Working proficiency in using MS Office and other Productivity Tools. SAP experience desirable.
  • Strong in project management and systemic thinking
  • Ability to network and collaborate with teams both regional and global, while acknowledging their cultural, social and academic diversity

Personal Qualities

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

Know how, e.g.,

  • 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

Dedication, e.g.,

  • 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, e.g.,

  • 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

Humanity, e.g.,

  • 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. 

 

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 78 offices in 46 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 an 950 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, yet friendly and supportive.

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

  • Acritas’ Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 2010- 2019 - ranked 1st
  • The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17: currently ranked 66th
  • The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018: currently ranked 65th
  • Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2015-18
  • Thomson Reuters ranked the Firm No. 1 for cross-border deals for the last 12 years. More than 70% of our deals are cross-border.
  • For the 14th consecutive year, the Firm was ranked first for deals with emerging market involvement, by both number of announced and completed deals.
  • Law360 ranked the Firm as the leading global law firm in its annual survey.
  • Acritas recognized the Firm as the world’s strongest legal brand for the ninth year in a row.
  • Identified as one of the best law firms for women by Working Mother magazine, Law360 and Euromoney.
  • The Firm was honoured to be one of Stonewall's 2019 Top Global Employers and the top Global LGBT+ Network of the Year, as well as one of only 10 employers to feature in the 'Top Trans Employer' listing for a second consecutive year.
  • Social Mobility Employer Index, 2019 - ranked 5th

 

To Apply

Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role. We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 020 7919 1000 or Recruitment.London@bakermckenzie.com

For more information about this position or to discuss any adjustments you may require during the process please contact in confidence, Vanessa Renforth, Senior Recruitment Officer, on 020 7072 5731 or Vanessa.Renforth@bakermckenzie.com

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Baker McKenzie has a culture of diversity and inclusion in its DNA – since our beginning, the differences of our people have helped us to work fluently across borders, cultures and practices. This is intrinsic to everything we do and underpins Baker McKenzie's vision to be the global law firm of choice. We understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and points of view are brought together. We also know people perform at their best when they can be themselves at work. Baker McKenzie is committed to serving our clients with innovative solutions brought about by a diverse talent pool and an inclusive community.

The London office mirrors the wider firm in encouraging the best people, regardless of race, culture, religion or belief (if any), gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us so as to create an exciting and diverse legal environment.

Baker McKenzie London has been accredited by Disability Confident, joining over 18,000 organisations that have signed up to help change behaviours and cultures in businesses, networks and communities and reap the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices