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.
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.
The Freshfields Global Europe Centre provides both business and legal services to the firm. Our services are delivered in a way which supports the global nature of our firm and our clients, enables our fee earners to deliver exceptional service to our clients and to do that in a way which is efficient and effective.
Our Europe Centre is the first site to be established in the emerging Freshfields Global operating model. Our aspiration is to establish further sites in the US and Asia-Pacific in the coming years.
The Finance Support function in Manchester provides centralised global support to the firm across its network of offices.
Teams currently include Billing, Procurement and Management Accounting.The Billing team 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.
The Global Procurement team, located in Manchester and Frankfurt, is responsible for leading sourcing initiatives, developing and implementing category strategies within the firm.
In addition, the team provides support and guidance to the rest of the business with regard to supplier relationship management, spend analytics, procurement compliance and training.
The Group Management Accounts team works alongside the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, senior management partners and global support heads to provide the financial information required to run the business.
In addition to the prompt provision of financial data and analytics, the team is expected to manage, develop and control the production of management data across the firm’s local finance functions, providing them with support and guidance through continual review and development.
Working within the systems area of the finance support department, you will be part of a team providing technical support to all of the global and London based finance support IT systems.
The team’s main focus is the firm’s practice management system (PMS), related fee earner tools and reporting systems for which it operates a helpdesk supporting a mixture of back office operational users through to fee earners on a worldwide basis, offering advice, support and solutions to queries.
Key Responsibilities and Deliverables
Task Management & Presentation Skills
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.
Please note that, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate can fill the position.
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 (e.
g. 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.