Finance Manager

Finance Manager - £57,750 – £72,060 DOE – Hybrid role

I am recruiting for a qualified and experienced Finance Manager to join for our prestigious client to head the finance department. They have 3 sites which are Huntingdon, Northampton, and Sheffield. This Is a Hybrid role with 2 days based on either of the previously mentioned sites, and 3 days at home. There will be occasional travel to either of the sites for board meetings. The perfect candidate for the Finance Manager role will lead the Finance function of our client, delivering all aspects of financial support to the firm, inclusive of People management (8 direct repartees)

Responsibilities:

  • To lead and develop Finance Team to ensure it provides an excellent, innovative, and highly focused service and support to the fee-earning elements of the business and providing a stable financial platform for the firm.
  • Lead on the delivery of robust financial management arrangements ensuring regular and accurate monitoring and reporting on financial performance during the financial year.
  • Ensure billing is prompt and fully reconciled and arrangements are in place to ensure monies are received on a timely basis.
  • Ensure financial systems are robust and support the statutory accounts, working effectively with internal and external auditing regimes to provide the necessary assurances.
  • Ensure the financial arrangements comply with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
  • Produce the statutory accounts in line with the requirements of the Companies Act with the full engagement of the external auditor.
  • To provide financial information to LSLT and the Executive Director to enable information to be presented to the Board of Directors and Shareholder Representatives on a regular basis.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to set budgets and report on performance against budget on a monthly basis.
  • To be the finance lead on firm wide projects and business growth appraisals.
  • Assist in the preparation of tenders and other business development activities.
  • Working with the Finance Manager to manage the activities of the team to include performance, managing workloads and productivity, development and training, recruitment and selection and supervisions and appraisals.
  • Identify training needs within the firm and ensure best practice, practical skills and key business information is shared across the firm
  • To work with the Compliance Officer Finance & Administration and Finance Manager to ensure that the firm is fully compliant with the SAR, SRA and Lexcel requirements.
  • Support the LSLT by complying with all Legal Services’ practice management requirements including billing, Lexcel and other accreditation schemes, and compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Support the Executive Director and other colleagues by contributing to the overall management of the firm including staff performance, service and business planning, financial and practice management. This includes ensuring the effective use of the ICT systems and working in accordance with the standards set out in the firm’s Lexcel manual.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is taken for the health and safety of the team, including compliance with health and safety policy and procedure and to maintain good employment relations within your team.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of equal opportunities, other people’s behaviour and their physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Carry out other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of the job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.

Experience and skills:

Essential:

  • Experience of working in a private sector, or ABS, legal practice within the finance team
  • In depth knowledge of the Solicitors Accounts rules (SAR), management financial reporting, Companies Act (financial elements) and VAT requirements.
  • Experience of working in an environment that processes multiple transactions from various sources.
  • Experience of leading, managing or supervising a legal finance team or a similar function
  • Experience of planning and prioritising work.
  • Ability to develop client relationships and identify areas for expansion of work.
  • Experience of working with finance function of a legal case management system

Desirable:

  • At least five years’ experience of working in an inhouse finance team or experience of working in a Local Authority or public sector setting
  • Experience of producing financial and productivity analysis reports for use by managers and Board of Directors
  • A demonstrated understanding of the local government finance rules and knowledge of purchase order and accounting systems.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legal framework and operation of Local Government

Benefits:

  • Local Government Pensions Scheme – considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates.
  • Flexible working arrangements – we offer flexible hours and hybrid working which allows for remote working, but we also require regular office attendance with the aim to give everyone a balanced work/life ratio.
  • Family Friendly policies including excellent Maternity, Paternity and Adoption entitlements.
  • An exceptional Employee Assistance Program which helps supports employees with workplace changes as well as other work, family, and personal issues.
  • A generous minimum annual leave entitlement of 26 days, rising on 5 and 10 years’ service, plus public holidays. With the option to purchase more annual leave.

Working hours and pay:

  • Contract Type – Permanent – Full Time (37 hours)
  • Hybrid – 2 days in the office and 3 days at home.
  • Open to Flexi time
  • £57,750 – £72,060 DOE

 

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