Role details

Financial Controller - Legal Firm

Bristol   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Part of Senior Management team
  • Mixture of Financial Control and Commercial responsibilities

About Our Client

My client provides practical, high quality and commercially relevant legal advice to public, private and third sector organisations. This includes working with clients across central and local government, NHS commissioning and provider organisations, 40 housing associations and over 100 private sector companies.

Job Description

Reporting to the Finance Director, the Financial Controller will form a key part of the Firm's Central Management Team, along with the Sales & Marketing team, HR team, and Risk and Best Practice. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Management of the Firm's external advisers, auditors, bankers and other key external suppliers
  • Management and development of the Finance team
  • Responsibility for the budgetary process, including coaching the Department Heads in the production of business plans and budgets
  • Responsibility for cash flow / working capital management and forecasting
  • Regular on-going assessment of profitability across all Departments and Market Development Groups, proposing strategies for improvement in the firm's chosen markets
  • Responsibility for ensuring the Firm's compliance with regulatory obligations including but not limited to the Solicitors Accounts Rules, HMRC Regulations, VAT Regulations, and with the Director of Risk & MLRO Money Laundering regulations
  • Monitoring and advising on market trends and financial developments across the legal services sector
  • Responsibility for providing advice and recommendations on the tax strategy for the firm and the equity Partners
  • Analysis of the firm's balance sheet and future funding requirements
  • Developing cost efficiencies
  • Developing methodologies for scoping and pricing for winning new work
  • Delivery of the firm's management accounts
  • Preparation of the firm's Year End Accounts and management of the audit process
  • Providing financial analysis and recommendations in respect of any mergers or acquisitions
  • With 4 good sized offices the Financial Controller will need to travel between Bristol, London and Birmingham and Leeds, and any other offices the firm may open in the UK in the coming years.
  • The role will involve liaison and communication with a broad range of stakeholders including, partners, support departments, external parties, banks, auditors, etc.

The Successful Applicant

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • A proven finance professional, operating at senior level and be able to demonstrate success in operational finance functions.
  • Experienced in leading a finance function in a medium sized, multi-location firm and/or fee earning businesses (advantageous rather than critical)
  • Excellent Excel Skills
  • Driven and tenacious
  • Energising
  • Strong intellect
  • Persuasive with ability to influence the Board and Partner
  • Entirely credible
  • Strong communication and presentation skills - verbal, written and face-to-face
  • Organised and a completer finisher - a good "project manager"

What's on Offer

This role will pay a competitive basic salary plus package

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