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Credit Controller (6 Month FTC)


Linklaters
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Accounts Jobs
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Purpose:

This role is to provide a comprehensive and commercially focused credit control service as well as to ensure effective matter management working practices are adopted.

The role is a direct interface with the Practice Groups - the front line of Finance and the main route into Finance across a range of queries.

If the role did not exist, the onus would be on the Partners to chase debts and resolve any outstanding issues. There would be no coordinated provision of the various and increasingly supportive information requested by clients as well as statements and chasers sent by this role which would lead to a reduction in the client service/ relationship.

People in these roles are highly regarded by the Practice Groups and are encouraged to integrate with them by invitations to various Practice Groups meetings.

Key Dimensions:

* Works as part of team.
* This role works closely with the Divisional Heads, Group Leaders, Finance Partners, Partners, Business Managers as well as all the Finance functions to manage the debt profile of the company.
* The exchange & sharing of information as to what is in the “cash inflow pipeline” is required to enable the Senior Credit Controller to predict cash inflow patterns over the short & medium term.
* The role has a direct impact on the supply of client information, compliance with Policies and Procedures as well as the impression of Finance as a whole.
* The role works closely with colleagues in offices outside of London.
* The role is in frequent contact with all Partners, fee earners & secretaries in various selected practice groups and influences the overall client relationship by way of a supporting / advisory service.

Key responsibilities and challenges:

Objects, actions and required results of areas listed below all relate to service provision and meeting SLA’s to influence the overall client relationship

* Provide support to the Senior Credit Controller & Practice Groups by chasing debts for payment in accordance with payment terms.
* Be accountable for the management of debtor balances on matter files.
* Influence fee earners to achieve cash targets by conducting regular (minimum monthly) individual meetings to review debtor lists & cash pledge information.
* Monitor comments coming out of the Partner meetings and ensure they are recorded on the COLLECT system and agreed actions (e.g. a commitment to speak to a client on a debt by a fee earner by a certain date) are carried out and/ or followed up in a timely fashion.
* Identify potential problem areas to the Senior Credit Controller. Review electronic invoices (eBills) in broker systems, identify & escalate issues where required.
* Participate in meetings with internal and external clients to advise on debtor balances and provision of information.
* Manage expectations of cash inflow patterns by way of daily/ weekly update to the Senior Credit Controller.
* Conduct direct communication with Clients on debtor balances.
* Financial Information
* Management of report requests from Practice Groups at periodic intervals or on an adhoc basis
* Managing deadlines for periodic reporting.
* Liaison with users to determine business need of information and format required.
* Meeting with clients in a Partner supporting role to interpret reports provided
* Advise the Senior Credit Controller on the Bad Debt Provision exercise for Practice Groups - all within the deadlines set by Central Finance.

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required:

Location

London

Character

Financial & business acumen

Excellent communication skills

Ability to influence senior members of the firm’s management structure

Confident in dealing directly with clients

Assertive in a professional manner

Ability to build own network of contacts within and outside of the firm / across departments

Education/Qualifications

Minimum 5 GCSE/ ‘O’ level grades

Higher education degree or studying for an accountancy of other qualification (desirable)

Languages

English

Practical Experience

Essential:

Minimum of two years’ experience within a Professional Services environment within the credit control function.

Desirable:

Minimum of two years’ Credit Control experience within a law firm.

Knowledge of bill and ebill process within law firms

Knowledge of Solicitors Accounts Rules.

Knowledge of VAT for law firms billing.

Office Skills

Extremely organised – ability to prioritise and manage workload

Excellent eye for detail and presentation

Ability to manage user expectations

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Work in a team environment

IT Skills

Strong Excel

General IT Skills

MS products

General understanding of IT and finance systems

Commercial Skills

Take an interest in the market place especially clients of the firm, press releases, today’s deals. This enhances influencing skills in dealing with Partners and clients alike.

#LI-RS

This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Job Offer Scams

Be alert to fictitious job opportunity posts and offers of employment which claim to be in the name of Linklaters. We have been made aware of various recruitment-related scams which ask for upfront payments, for example, for office equipment and promise start up bonuses and reimbursement in return for such payments. These scams often involve the use of email addresses similar to a genuine domain name. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”. We will never ask you to make payments for office equipment or otherwise as part of our recruitment process. If you are in doubt about a job opportunity that appears to relate to our firm, please get in touch with us.

Pre-joiner screening

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers. Your offer will be subject to the successful completion of these checks which will be initiated following your consent.

Equal Opportunities

As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We know that diversity makes us a better law firm and helps us attract the best talent, drive innovation with diversity of thought, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. We recruit on the basis of merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process. Selection criteria and, where appropriate, technical skills tests are in place to measure an individual’s ability for the safe and effective performance of a job. Those involved in recruitment and selection decisions and processes are also provided with guidance on diversity issues. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance. Specific experience requirements advertised on a role do not intend to preclude applications from candidates who may have more or less experience. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to the necessary skills for the role as described.
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Purpose:

This role is to provide a comprehensive and commercially focused credit control service as well as to ensure effective matter management working practices are adopted.

The role is a direct interface with the Practice Groups - the front line of Finance and the main route into Finance across a range of queries.

If the role did not exist, the onus would be on the Partners to chase debts and resolve any outstanding issues. There would be no coordinated provision of the various and increasingly supportive information requested by clients as well as statements and chasers sent by this role which would lead to a reduction in the client service/ relationship.

People in these roles are highly regarded by the Practice Groups and are encouraged to integrate with them by invitations to various Practice Groups meetings.

Key Dimensions:

* Works as part of team.
* This role works closely with the Divisional Heads, Group Leaders, Finance Partners, Partners, Business Managers as well as all the Finance functions to manage the debt profile of the company.
* The exchange & sharing of information as to what is in the “cash inflow pipeline” is required to enable the Senior Credit Controller to predict cash inflow patterns over the short & medium term.
* The role has a direct impact on the supply of client information, compliance with Policies and Procedures as well as the impression of Finance as a whole.
* The role works closely with colleagues in offices outside of London.
* The role is in frequent contact with all Partners, fee earners & secretaries in various selected practice groups and influences the overall client relationship by way of a supporting / advisory service.

Key responsibilities and challenges:

Objects, actions and required results of areas listed below all relate to service provision and meeting SLA’s to influence the overall client relationship

* Provide support to the Senior Credit Controller & Practice Groups by chasing debts for payment in accordance with payment terms.
* Be accountable for the management of debtor balances on matter files.
* Influence fee earners to achieve cash targets by conducting regular (minimum monthly) individual meetings to review debtor lists & cash pledge information.
* Monitor comments coming out of the Partner meetings and ensure they are recorded on the COLLECT system and agreed actions (e.g. a commitment to speak to a client on a debt by a fee earner by a certain date) are carried out and/ or followed up in a timely fashion.
* Identify potential problem areas to the Senior Credit Controller. Review electronic invoices (eBills) in broker systems, identify & escalate issues where required.
* Participate in meetings with internal and external clients to advise on debtor balances and provision of information.
* Manage expectations of cash inflow patterns by way of daily/ weekly update to the Senior Credit Controller.
* Conduct direct communication with Clients on debtor balances.
* Financial Information
* Management of report requests from Practice Groups at periodic intervals or on an adhoc basis
* Managing deadlines for periodic reporting.
* Liaison with users to determine business need of information and format required.
* Meeting with clients in a Partner supporting role to interpret reports provided
* Advise the Senior Credit Controller on the Bad Debt Provision exercise for Practice Groups - all within the deadlines set by Central Finance.

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required:

Location

London

Character

Financial & business acumen

Excellent communication skills

Ability to influence senior members of the firm’s management structure

Confident in dealing directly with clients

Assertive in a professional manner

Ability to build own network of contacts within and outside of the firm / across departments

Education/Qualifications

Minimum 5 GCSE/ ‘O’ level grades

Higher education degree or studying for an accountancy of other qualification (desirable)

Languages

English

Practical Experience

Essential:

Minimum of two years’ experience within a Professional Services environment within the credit control function.

Desirable:

Minimum of two years’ Credit Control experience within a law firm.

Knowledge of bill and ebill process within law firms

Knowledge of Solicitors Accounts Rules.

Knowledge of VAT for law firms billing.

Office Skills

Extremely organised – ability to prioritise and manage workload

Excellent eye for detail and presentation

Ability to manage user expectations

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Work in a team environment

IT Skills

Strong Excel

General IT Skills

MS products

General understanding of IT and finance systems

Commercial Skills

Take an interest in the market place especially clients of the firm, press releases, today’s deals. This enhances influencing skills in dealing with Partners and clients alike.

#LI-RS

This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Job Offer Scams

Be alert to fictitious job opportunity posts and offers of employment which claim to be in the name of Linklaters. We have been made aware of various recruitment-related scams which ask for upfront payments, for example, for office equipment and promise start up bonuses and reimbursement in return for such payments. These scams often involve the use of email addresses similar to a genuine domain name. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”. We will never ask you to make payments for office equipment or otherwise as part of our recruitment process. If you are in doubt about a job opportunity that appears to relate to our firm, please get in touch with us.

Pre-joiner screening

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers. Your offer will be subject to the successful completion of these checks which will be initiated following your consent.

Equal Opportunities

As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We know that diversity makes us a better law firm and helps us attract the best talent, drive innovation with diversity of thought, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. We recruit on the basis of merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process. Selection criteria and, where appropriate, technical skills tests are in place to measure an individual’s ability for the safe and effective performance of a job. Those involved in recruitment and selection decisions and processes are also provided with guidance on diversity issues. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance. Specific experience requirements advertised on a role do not intend to preclude applications from candidates who may have more or less experience. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to the necessary skills for the role as described.
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