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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
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
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.
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.