Revenue Controller (12 month FTC)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
London, United Kingdom
2d ago

Freshfields Overview

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a major international law firm, providing business law advice of the highest quality. We want to be the law firm that clients turn to for legal advice where it most matters, wherever in the world that may be.

The Firm has over 2,400 lawyers in 28 offices around the world, providing a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.

Our people make our firm - we are a people business and want to create a welcoming and supportive environment where all can flourish.

We see diversity as a strength which creates fresh perspectives and generates new ideas. We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job.

We deliver best when working in teams. Our culture is a product of the combined mindsets and behaviours of our people which is through the Being Freshfields principles, outlined below :

  • we show respect to everyone
  • we are there for one another
  • we are open with each other
  • we are positive role models
  • We think and work globally - we don’t just say we are one firm; we act like one firm right across the world. We work wherever our clients need us.

    This is how we define ourselves, not by reference to where we have offices. Cross-border work isn’t just what we do, it is what we excel at.

    We understand what it really takes to work across different legal systems and commercial environments and to bridge language and cultural gaps.

    We aim to add value in everything we do - we are passionate about helping our clients succeed. We use our experience and creativity to help clients make judgements and achieve their goals.

    In everything we do, we seek to make a real difference to the communities in which we operate.

    Freshfields is committed to promoting equality and diversity and to developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds make important and positive contributions to our business and how we service our clients.

    Location overview

    Our London office is at the heart of our global network, in one of the most exciting world cities.

    London is arguably the world’s greatest financial centre : all of the world’s leading financial institutions have a significant presence here.

    It’s home to the headquarters of more than 100 of Europe’s largest companies.

    Our London team has a reputation that’s second to none.

    They’re the team the world’s leading businesses turn to for help with their most challenging problems. They work with colleagues around the world on complex, cross-border deals and disputes.

    Whether you join as a lawyer, a recent graduate or in a business services role, London is a great place to work.

    You will have the opportunity to work on challenging, engaging work that will give you the opportunity to make your mark and progress your career.

    We believe there is no better place to work.

    Function overview

    The revenue control is an essential part of the wider finance department of the Firm and is expected to deliver an exceptional service to our fee earners and clients.

    The billing function is extremely fast paced and our role is to assist fee earners across the network with all aspects of invoice review and processing.

    Role Purpose

    As part of our Finance Support Team, you will provide the first point of contact for all members of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ACT, DR, P&R and Tax Departments, and you will need to be confident dealing with a range of different people at all levels using an assertive yet tactful approach.

  • As a Revenue Controller, you will establish relationships to gain knowledge about clients; quickly follow up on billing matters;
  • ensure that clients are billed promptly; and subsequently secure swift payment of these invoices.

    This is a varied and rewarding role for someone with great customer service skills who is looking to develop their career within a leading law firm.

    Key Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Dealing with a large portfolio of prestigious clients and liaising with them on a daily basis regarding their debts, predominantly via telephone.
  • Supporting a team of partners, taking responsibility for their billing and credit control requirements, and closely monitoring billing and cash collection budgets and targets.
  • Attending and reporting on monthly work-in-progress meetings, and advising team members on outcomes.
  • Assisting line managers with the preparation of various financial reports on a regular basis, and advising fee earners on fee deals, tariffs and rates using your understanding of recoveries.
  • Overseeing the billing for a client, ensuring that bills are prepared and dispatched promptly and feeding back on progress.
  • Dealing with all aspects of client queries regarding invoiced fees and any detailed information that may be required.
  • Preparing debt reporting statements and liaising with cashier teams on cheque and bank transfers and payments lists.
  • Key Requirements

  • Excellent communication and persuasion skills to liaise effectively at all levels.
  • Good knowledge of Excel including setting up spreadsheets and adding simple formulas.
  • Confident working with numbers with the ability to reconcile accurately.
  • Demonstrated use of initiative when problem-solving, including providing innovative solutions to issues and their anticipated responses.
  • Previous experience within a partnership / fee earning environment (including sectors such as Law Firms Professional Services and Professional Consultancy Firms, Global Accountancy Firms, etc.).
  • Legal experience or knowledge of terminology would be beneficial.
  • Conscientious time-keeping showing flexibility when required.
  • Experience of Elite 3E (Thomson Reuters) would be an advantage.
  • The Individual

    With strong organisational skills, the ability to prioritise work effectively, and high levels of attention to detail and accuracy, as a Revenue Controller with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP you will need to be confident working to meet deadlines without close supervision.

    You will need to be comfortable working under pressure in a busy environment, and demonstrate an understanding of wider business issues and generating new ideas to add value.

    Inclusion

    Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background.

    All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having / securing the right to work in the UK and providing the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing.

    Freshfields is a Ban the Box employer. We ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions only when a conditional job offer is made.

    A conviction does not automatically lead to withdrawal of the offer : we make decisions on a case by case basis and take a number of factors into account (eg the role you are applying for and the circumstances of the offence).

    You would have the opportunity to discuss the matter with us before we make a decision.

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