Senior Finance Systems Accountant
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Manchester, United Kingdom
5d ago

Job Description

Senior Finance Systems Accountant - 12M FTC-(20000035)


Overview of the Function

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 Systems Support team is responsible for supporting teams using the core finance systems throughout the Firm, from billing and reporting through to development of the ebilling system.


Role summary / purpose of job

Working within the systems area of the finance support department. You will be part of a team supporting all of the firm’s global finance systems including the firm’s practice management system (PMS) in addition to other ancillary systems.

The main purpose of the role is to provide functional assistance to all of the global finance support community ensuring that the finance systems continue to meet global management and local statutory compliance requirements whilst offering advice, support and solutions to queries.

Key responsibilities and deliverables

Provide support through their expertise and knowledge to the global finance community for all the finance systems that the team supports include 3e, Chrome River, SAP BPC, Lawyer Experience etc.

Act as an SME for the users, answering queries and investigating their issues on the systems; providing a professional and timely response.

Act as an intermediary between the global finance support function and external vendors to ensure resolution of issues in a timely manner, minimising business impact

Manage global month end processes, closing periods and running foreign exchange revaluation processes

Liaise with local office accounting experts to ensure that 3E meeting local requirements for statutory and tax reporting

Ensure system integrity is maintained by performing sub ledger to general ledger reconciliations on a periodic basis

Ensure adherence to global policy and processes are maintained

Work with the Business Analyst and other team members to deliver change to the organisation either through changing processes or systems.

Respond to requests for new system master data by liaising with central data governance to ensure that a consistent global chart of account is maintained

Proactively develop the system processes to respond to the changing needs of the business and provide and evolve best practice solutions in a fluid environment

Ensure that systems upstream and downstream feeds are operating correctly, assisting in triaging and resolving integration issues

Aid in the implementation of new upgrades, functionality and system wide changes

Work closely with the development teams and third party providers, feeding back issues and defects discovered through testing and coordinating their resolution

Assisting in tail cutting activities (client / supplier)

Assisting in triaging and resolution of both inbound and outbound integrations

Contributing to, and participating in, the build and release management process with development teams

Aiding in the design, testing and rollout of new reports, systems and interfaces

Involvement in other related projects that the wider team are undertaking

Key requirements (Communication / skills / experience)


Qualified accountant (ACA or equivalent) with experience in a systems accountant role

  • Financial skills including;
  • Experience of financial systems within a professional services environment, ideally from a legal background.

    Understanding end to end finance processes

    Record to report

    Previous experience of management information systems

    Ability to investigate and explain the causality of figures reported

  • Systems skills including
  • Extremely Computer literate

    Advanced level Excel (pivot tables, vlookups, complex formulae)

    Experience of 3e or Elite Enterprise Practice Management Systems

    Task Management & Presentation Skills

    Self-motivated with the ability, and resilience, to drive projects to their completion.

    Ability to operate autonomously throughout the project life cycle through to delivery

    Enthusiastic and focused.

    Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines

    Ability to multi task and manage multiple projects.

    Confident, able to lead meetings and projects

    Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)with confidence and ability to deal with partners, senior lawyers and staff at all levels.

    The ability to simplify explanations and inspire confidence.

    Proven organisational skills and attention to detail.

    A flexible attitude to tasks and to clients.

    Strong numerical skills.

    Experience of working in a legal or professional services firm

    Positive can-do attitude

    Team player reliable, flexible and willing to help

    Strong analytical capability able to rapidly understand the root cause of issues in order to resolve

  • Management Skills
  • Ability to coach individual team members and deliver and delegate work through others when required.
  • Desirable

    Experience with different accounting approaches (accrual accounting and modified cash accounting).


    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

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