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The role is responsible for the
provision of financial analysis and support to the International
Practice group Heads (IPGHs) in respect of their International
Practice Groups. However, the depth of analysis provided will be
greater for the UK National Practice Groups (NPGs) and will involve
close liaison with the International Finance Managers in respect of
the NPGs outside UK. The role involves working closely with the group
heads and other partners and senior associates to ensure that the key
business drivers are clearly understood. This includes month end
analysis and review, preparation of budgets and reforecast, as well as
ad-hoc queries and general financial analysis.
What will you do:
Financial Performance analysis To produce analysis to help maximise profitability across the UK
groups. In particular, detailed analysis around realisation, fee
earner utilisation and working capital (lock-up) cycles as well as
practice costs review and analysis. The role requires a good
understanding of the business and the business needs so that
information is responsive and proactive to the ever changing
environment and demands.
Business Planning and Budgeting The role will assist partners define and develop the necessary
strategic plans and operational budgets for the business groups.
The role will be actively involved in
the production of such plans, including financial projections and
budgets, and will be responsible for ensuring that all planning
activities are completed to the specified deadlines through
appropriate co-ordination of actions between the partners in each
business group and the central Finance, Human Resources and Marketing teams.
Business Case proposals The role will assist group heads in the preparation of business
cases to be used to support the election of new partners or the hire
of lateral partners within each business group. The role will also be
responsible for providing all necessary information to allow
independent post-event review of the actual returns arising from such changes.
Operational Support The role is responsible for co-ordinating the provision of the
necessary information, analysis, explanation and support to the
partners to allow them to manage their business groups.
What we are looking for:
Education / qualifications / experience: • Qualified with a recognised professional accounting
qualification. • Relevant University degree or equivalent (2.1 or
above) • Previous management accounting experience of budgeting,
planning and financial modelling required. • Previous relevant
experience within professional services or legal environment would be
Knowledge and technical skills: • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills • Competent Financial
modelling and planning • Confident manipulating large data sets
to identify trends and present findings • Competent use of
General Ledger and reporting systems (use of Dynamics AX is an
advantage). • A willingness to learn and understand new
systems • Strong technical accounting knowledge - maintains
awareness of changes to GAAP and understands the consequences of such changes.
Here at Simmons & Simmons:
We believe our people define us. Our
working environment is genuinely collegiate with a supportive
atmosphere and team ethos - we have a reputation for being a friendly
culture which we are very proud of. An inclusive and diverse culture,
our innovative approach and being truly international are just a few
more things that make us, us.
Below are a few more reasons to
consider Simmons & Simmons for your next career move:
• Competitive Offer Package including
bonus's dependant on role/level, private medical insurance &
pension contribution to name a few. • Dress 'for your day' Code.
• Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the
office with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands. •
A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai;
Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore. • All offices
have their own artwork collections - with a Damien Hurst and a Tracey
Emin in the London office. We have a long standing history in
supporting the art community especially up and coming artists. •
The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing together
the best legal advice from our established legal teams with
non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate
the Simmons offering. • We were ranked as a Times Top 50
Employer for Women and Top 30 Employer for Working Families in 2020.
• We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas &
Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
• We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including
LGBT+, Emerge (Race & Ethnicity Network) and The Number One Club
(Women's network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.
If you are interested in finding out more about this position then
please contact the Recruitment Team with any questions. To apply for
the role please click on the link at the bottom of the page/visit
the career pages on our website, where there is also a detailed job description.