The overarching purpose of this role is to support the Local Managing Partner and the senior management team in the running of the Dublin business, covering the full life cycle of business planning, and budgeting as well as performance management and process improvement. This role is also critical to supporting commercial decision making on projects and initiatives such as office moves, lateral hires, new client acquisition and pricing.
Key responsibilities include:
- Providing analysis and support to senior stakeholders and various others within the Firm
- Advising and challenging, where appropriate, in order to add value in terms of the analysis and commentary produced
- Communicating and translating complex financial ideas.
- Overseeing and supporting the local finance team to ensure appropriate accounting for both business as usual and individual projects.
- Interaction with key stakeholders, including Heads of Business Service Lines, the Chief Operating Officer, International Development Director and other senior members of the Finance Management Team
- Work with Project Managers on preparation and review of Business Cases (e.g. for lateral hires, office moves etc.)
- Understand the business needs for individual projects and pitches in order to support appropriate costing
Financial Management, Budgeting and Forecast Management
- Provide support for and input to annual budgeting and reforecasting processes, working in conjunction with the Cluster Head, Team or Practice Leaders and Finance Business Partner
- Working directly with the Local Partners and Business Services Heads on each of the Budget areas
- Supporting the Local Partnership in the day to day running of operational aspects of the Firm (e.g. setting fee earner targets, identifying and allocating resources, procuring appropriate services from Business Services, providing input as required to pitches and tenders)
- Working with the Local Managing Partner and International Finance Business Partner to assist monitoring and managing ongoing performance against a range of operational KPIs in line with budget (e.g. utilisation and realisation, lock up management, billing, revenue generation and cost management), providing and commissioning regular and ad hoc reporting as required
- Working with HR Business Partners and Finance Business Partners to provide input for business as usual activities and processes including salary review, bonus submissions, promotions, recruitment and integration, performance reviews
- Identifying areas where business performance within the Cluster(s) could be improved and work with the Local Managing Partner and business services to compile business cases for change projects and process improvements. Ongoing support with the overarching firm’s target of reducing the current lock-up days.
- Acting as local firm sponsor as required for process improvement projects, ensuring that the appropriate skills are deployed in order to bring about the required improvement in processes, technology and/or working practices.
The Ideal Candidate
- Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA or ACCA) with 4+ years PQE.
- Strong finance and analytical skills, including experience of providing monthly management accounts and value adding commentary.
- Strong experience of working with complex Excel models, manipulating large amounts of data and preparing summaries for wider use.
- Strong and confident communication skills, both orally and in writing, with the ability to interact with senior members of the business and build strong working relationships with stakeholders
- Organised and able to handle multiple demands and deadlines simultaneously
- Ability to convey complex financial and accounting concepts in a clear and straightforward manner
- The ability to work collaboratively with the business and challenge where appropriate
- Experience in budgeting and forecasting discussions with senior business managers (experience of Finance Business Partnering gained in a professional services environment within a large finance function would be a strong advantage)
What's in it for me?
- The opportunity to work directly with a dynamic leadership team united in a common purpose as we take our firm to the next level
- Exposure to a truly international law firm with a diverse client base
- The chance to work in a flexible, supportive and inclusive culture which enables everyone to realise their full potential
- 24 days annual leave (increasing with service)
- Personal Retirement Savings Account
- Private Medical Insurance
- Group Life Assurance Scheme
- Income Protection Insurance
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Flexible Benefits
- Bike to Work
- Dublin Tax Saver Commuter Scheme
- Flu Vaccination
About The Company
We are a leading international legal business with over 2,400 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. We also have associations/alliances with firms in Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Peru, Central America, Argentina, the USA, Australia and Germany.
Our vision is to be leading business advisers, recognised for our insight and our outstanding commitment to clients, and for being the place where talented people want to work. For further details on our work and our culture, please visit www.dacbeachcroft.com.
DAC Beachcroft is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. We also welcome direct applications. If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV. Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
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