One of the world’s largest law firms is recruiting a Finance Business Manager in its London office. This is a high profile business partnering role and an excellent opportunity for a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) with an ability to drive change in a collaborative way. Reporting into one of the firm’s Finance Business Partners, the role requires someone who has a consulting approach and strong strategic skills as well as operational/implementation ability. The role is very hands on and requires extensive interaction with stakeholders across the global business, including partners and business support teams. Excellent people management skills are essential to be successful in this role.

The roles responsibilities include (but are not limited to) providing first line support to the practice group, ensuring that the strategy, plans and structures are in place and aligned to the firm’s strategic goals; supporting the annual budgeting and forecasting activities within the practice group; providing in-depth analytical support on financial performance at practice group and team level; be the business advisor to the practice group and helping the group effectively manage their financial performance; providing training for groups of partners and lawyers, recommending improvements in efficiencies and practices; working with partners, heads of department and others to encourage best practice in relation to accounting and profitability, pricing and matter management; being the finance representative, working closely and collaboratively with business services teams; and developing a best practice approach within the practice and improving the efficiency of processes. It also involves identifying business trends and making recommendations to improve business performance; supporting the practice group in building business cases for required initiatives such as lateral hires; working proactively with the practice group's leadership team and partners to provide financial expertise and support; and monitoring working capital balances, making recommendations to improve lock up and escalating issues as and when appropriate.

Applicants should be qualified accountants (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) with extensive financial business partnering experience in either a law firm or similar type of professional services business (accountancy practice, management consultancy). Excellent verbal, written and presentational communication skills are a must as is the self-confidence to interact with stakeholders of all levels up to and including senior Partners. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who enjoys the challenge of presenting financial information and concepts to non-accounting colleagues in a sensible, digestible format to allow them to make the best commercial decisions for the firm.


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Job Details

Job Ref: 893712
Hours: Full Time
Location: UK – London
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: £Competitive


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