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5 months ago
Linklaters
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Accounts Jobs
Purpose

As part of the London Central Finance team these roles act as the finance representatives supporting the Business Teams. This requires the financial knowledge and expertise to provide financial advice and support to senior managers within those Business Teams.

The roles also requires a detailed understanding of the Business Teams to ensure that the financial aspects of any developments/discussions are appropriately considered and also that the month end accounts are accurately prepared.

In addition, they are responsible for providing support to the Business Teams throughout the business planning and budgeting processes.

The roles also have direct responsibility for the shared supervision of two trainee assistant accountants and in addition will have responsibility for Fixed Asset accounting, including monthly depreciation calculations, budgeting depreciation calculations and maintenance of the FAR, Project accounting and reporting, P&L and balance sheet reviews and reporting, including supervision and review of balance sheet reconciliations, cashflow maintenance and reporting, Fee Deal Accounting, ONS returns, as well as assisting in variance analysis and other ad hoc reporting and exercises in respect of the London Office as a whole.

Key responsibilities and challenges

Accountable for the accurate and timely recording of transactions relating to specific Business Teams. This involves calculating and posting into SAP the relevant month end entries, as part of the London and Global Head Office monthly accounts process. This requires working closely with senior managers, managers and budget holders in those Business Teams to gain a thorough understanding of the cost base, and also to be made aware of any developments that may affect the accounts.

Advise the Business Teams of their financial position on a regular basis. This involves the preparation of detailed monthly expenditure analysis and commentaries, requesting explanations of variances where necessary. This includes reconciling and analysing General Ledger accounts and also carrying out headcount analysis.

As the main point of contact within Finance for one or more Business Teams, the roles are responsible for providing the Business Teams with all aspects of accounting support. This will involve providing technical financial advice, which may involve financial modelling, advising on the firm’s policies and procedures, as well as resolving any specific issues they may have.

Advise on appropriate accounting treatment and make recommendations.

Provision of support to the relevant Business Teams during the planning, budgeting and reforecasting processes. This involves explaining the process and timetable to them, working with them to resolve any issues, providing advice, assisting in calculations, inputting into the budget model and helping them complete the processes in a timely manner, as well as reviewing all inputs for completeness and accuracy.

Prepare variance analysis and obtain explanations from the function as to the reasons for significant movements. Discuss issues with the London Finance Manager and assist in challenging budget submissions.

Prepare any additional analysis as required and prepare the senior management teams within the functions for their moderation meetings with the COO/CFO.

Shared responsibility for the supervision, training and development of two trainee accountants in the team. In addition the roles will have responsibility for supervision of and involvement in one or more of the following : Fixed Asset accounting, including monthly depreciation calculations, budgeting depreciation calculations and maintenance of the FAR, Project accounting and reporting, P&L and balance sheet reviews and reporting, including supervision and review of balance sheet reconciliations, Projects analysis, cashflow maintenance and reporting, Fee Deal Accounting, Claims provisioning, ONS returns, as well as assisting in variance analysis and other ad hoc exercises in respect of the London Office as a whole.

Please note this role will be open from 08 February 2018 to 10 March 2018. A competitive remuneration package will be offered.



Location

Located in or near London

Character

Confident and self-assured manner.
Robust in the face of challenge. Diplomatic.
Highly motivated and capable of working on own initiative.
Able to work well under pressure
Ability to work within a team

Education / Qualification

Graduate

Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) – up to 2 years PQE

Languages

None

Practical experience

Audit experience preferable

To have an understanding of statutory accounting procedures

To have experience of month end procedures, management accounting and reporting and budgeting preferable

Ability to write and explain complex, numerical issues in a clear and concise way to non-finance experts

Office skills

Strong working skills of MS office

Extremely organised – able to prioritise and manage workload

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Excellent eye for detail and presentation

High degree of proficiency in Excel / Good data manipulation skills

Highly numerate

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