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Job Title Revenue Controller
Department Finance
Role Business Services
Job Location London

The role:

The role is primarily responsible for the day to day management of the work-in-progress for designated practice groups covering the firm's UK offices. This is a proactive role, supporting and working alongside other Revenue Controllers in seeking to achieve and maintain an optimum lock-up cycle and act as a focal point for matter partners and matter fee earners within those designated practice groups.

What will you do:

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 monthly review meetings to ensure that focus is maintained on timely billing to meet agreed targets and billing timetables.
  • Ensuring that regular billing patterns, and where possible monthly billing cycles, are established taking care that any special billing arrangements are observed.

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

  • Providing commercial and legislative advice as appropriate.
  • Obtaining relevant feedback 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 WIP and 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 WIP on a periodic basis
  • Pro-active involvement and co-ordination in the firms audit and taking ownership of the relevant work streams assigned.

Preparation of key management reports, applying advanced excel functionality as necessary, to provide the practice with timely and relevant information:

  • Issuing aged WIP, debt and draft bill reports to designated practice groups on a weekly basis and meeting with them regularly to plan the achievement of targets.
  • In the run in to month ends, send daily billing updates to those practice groups to keep them informed of where they are against monthly and year to date budgets.
  • Reporting to the Head of UK Finance and London Finance Managers on progress against monthly billing targets.

What we are looking for:

  • Excellent academics.
  • Commercially driven.
  • Experience in a Law firm environment with experience of billing processes.
  • Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and inclusive team.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours on occasion as required.

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.

  • 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) 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.

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