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Job Title Credit Controller
Department Finance
Role Business Services
Job Location Bristol
Description

Simmons & Simmons are looking for a Credit Controller to join our growing Finance team in Bristol. The successful candidate will provide a comprehensive and commercially focussed Credit Control service for the UK offices. Working with Partners, Associates and PA’s throughout the practice to help the collection of outstanding debt, providing various supportive information requested by the business and clients. This is a proactive role seeking to improve and maintain/achieve optimum debtor days, ensure efficiency and effectiveness of collection procedures and be in a position to advise practice groups on acknowledged best practice.

Main duties and responsibilities

Building effective relationships and networks inside and outside of the firm to influence and improve the firm’s lock-up cycle:

  • Establishing strong working relationships with all matter partners through regular review meetings to ensure that focus is maintained on timely debt collection in order to meet agreed targets and timetables.
  • Ensuring that debt collection notes are accurate and kept up-to-date, ensuring that all follow-up items are actioned in a timely manner.
  • Reporting to the Credit Control Team Leader and Credit Control Manager on progress against target on a regular basis.
  • Accepting responsibility and taking ownership of operational issues, finding practical solutions and escalating problems where appropriate.

Applying commercial logic in order to advise the business on best practice in order to obtain the maximum financial benefit for the firm:

  • Providing commercial and compliance advice as appropriate.
  • Obtaining relevant feedback in order to advise on improvements to the processes of the team and actively promoting the finance function.

Providing a quality service and ensuring that the team processes and objectives align with business needs:

  • Consistently sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues
  • Ensuring that all processes are carried out accurately and in a timely manner, in line with agreed service levels.
  • Adhering to agreed best practices, policies and processes whilst adapting to local requirements as necessary.

Using technical expertise to provide detailed input into the accurate valuation of Debt and also ensuring compliance with the relevant Customs & Excise legislation, the provisions of the Solicitors Accounts Rules and Money Laundering regulations:

  • Provide and co-ordinate detailed input to the accurate valuation of Debt and Doubtful Debt on a periodic basis.
  • In line with the firms policies and procedures, co-ordinate write off thresholds through International Practice group heads and the IEC committee where appropriate.
  • Liaising with the cashiers team regarding the allocation of receipts, and with the billing and Ebilling teams regarding billing, credit notes and re-issued invoices, in order to confirm the accuracy of the information used in financial analysis and reporting.

Person Specification

Education / qualifications / experience

  • At least 5 GCSE grade C or above or equivalent qualifications.
  • To be able to demonstrate the application of best practice together with a commercial approach with regards to credit control and billing
  • To be able to demonstrate experience of building successful relationships and influencing.
  • Experience in a law firm or professional services environment beneficial but not essential.

Knowledge and technical skills

  • Ability to use a wide range of communication methods.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to advise the business on, and ensuring compliance with, billing VAT legislation and the provisions of the Solicitors Accounts Rules and Money Laundering requirements.
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