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Management and Financial Accountant

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The Vacancy

Due to the increased demand on the internal Finance team after a period of significant growth for the firm, there is an immediate requirement for a Newly Qualified Management Accountant to join our Accounting and Financial Reporting team. The main responsibilities will be assisting in the production of monthly management accounts, reconciliations of control accounts, regulatory financial requirements such as VAT returns and surveys, continued development of financial reporting and preparation of the firm's statutory accounts and supporting schedules ready for the annual audit. 

Inclusiveness and Diversity

At Fieldfisher we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. Our Inclusiveness and Diversity ("I&D") Strategy is firmly rooted in Fieldfisher's overall business strategy; we very much view I&D as being core to the business and we aim to integrate it into all our systems and processes.

Accessibility information for our Belfast Hub can be found on our website: https://www.fieldfisher.com/en/locations/united-kingdom/contact-us/offices/accessing-fieldfisher-belfast-hub

Please note Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.

What can you expect?

The role will sit within the accounts department in our Belfast office. The role will include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Assist with the monthly consolidated management accounts process liaising with UK and International accounting colleagues as appropriate
  • Prepare monthly Management Packs including P&L’s, cash-flow and balance sheets
  • Ensure all GL control accounts are reconciled
  • Ensure all accruals and prepayments are accurately recorded
  • Review all other journals processed
  • Intercompany reconciliations between all offices.
  • Completion of quarterly VAT returns.
  • Review Management Accounts and key variance reports
  • Ensure accurate distribution of Management Accounts
  • Assistance with year-end Statutory Financial Statements preparation
  • Prepare documentation for processes and internal controls, and ensure that they follow best practice and are continually improved, assisting the Finance Team Lead to plan and implement changes as appropriate. 
  • Implement key financial and reporting processes where necessary
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with Business Managers and Lead Partners
  • Assist with Budget and Forecast preparation
  • Handle and resolve management accounts queries.
  • Support the firm’s working capital team to supply client specific analysis on a timely basis
  • Working closely with the firm’s Finance Systems Team to enhance and improve the firm’s reporting
  • Other ad-hoc financial work
  • Liaise with firm’s auditors and with other key functions of the firm when required

A bit about you

  • Must be a qualified accountant either ACA, ACCA or CIMA
  • Legal/Professional services experience would be preferable but is not a pre-requisite
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Previous experience using IT finance systems is not essential, but must be willing and able to learn quickly
  • Good experience of seeking and implementing ways to improve on current practice
  • Must have a conscientious, accurate and methodical approach to work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, e.g. articulate when communicating to partners and key staff, and able to present financial results to the function and wider business
  • Can demonstrate strong relationship building skills with ability to deal with partners, fee earners and clients at all levels.
  • A team player with a flexible and pro-active approach to work with the ability to work autonomously

Desirable skills:

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent planning and organising skills – able to handle multiple tasks
  • Numerate
  • Shows commitment to the role and team
  • Pro-active mentality
  • Displays a willingness to learn and actively seeks new work and challenges
  • Takes personal responsibility for maintaining personal development
  • Professional and credible in attitude and appearance
  • Prepared to work overtime during peak periods

What can we offer you?

Our people are at the core of what we do.  Fieldfisher's benefits package is designed to enable all colleagues to thrive in an inclusive and supportive environment.  These benefits range from private health insurance, life assurance & income protection, flexi-gym discounts, season ticket loans, bike-to-work loans and much more. 

Fieldfisher Belfast is based in the vibrant and modern offices located in the iconic Titanic Quarter. You will be joining a new and exciting office environment which has seen rapid expansion since its opening in August 2018. We have recently celebrated our 3rd anniversary and just launched an inaugural graduate scheme, so it's fair to say that you will be a part of something big! And yes, we're all aboard the 'hot-desking' bandwagon but who isn’t in 2022!? There's nothing better than a modern, open plan workspace – friendly Office Manager included.

With a diverse team of 100 Fee Earning and Business Support staff, summer and Christmas parties and our Ministry of Fun (quiz nights, cake sales, group runs, sports teams etc), we really have nailed this collaborative & fun work environment thing. But please don't take our word for it, check out our website and social media accounts to see for yourself! 

Nº employees 1001-5000
Founding year 1835
Products / Services Advocacy, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Civil Litigation
Mission Fieldfisher is a European law firm built around its people. We are a full-service firm with market-leading practices in technology, financial services, energy and natural resources and life sciences. As an entrepreneurial, pragmatic and socially conscious firm, we embrace our purpose as a trusted, client-focused corporate citizen. We believe The Future is Human*, so we take a collaborative approach with our clients, shaping our services to their needs and integrating cutting-edge legal technologies where appropriate. Our European network is supported by our offices in the US and China and international partner firms, enabling us to advise clients around the world with seamless efficiency and dedication across time zones and disciplines. We work with many of the biggest organisations globally and are proud to support numerous charity partners and causes. When it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG), we lead from the front in our industry and make ourselves accountable to our clients and our people for our actions.
overview Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in technology, financial services, energy & natural resources and life sciences.

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