Finance Assistant

Location: United Kingdom
Office: Birmingham
Discipline: Finance
Contact name: Ben Porter

Contact email: ben.porter@mills-reeve.com
Contact phone: 07587481088
Vacancy reference: 019550
Closing date: 01 March 2023
Startdate: 27 January 2023 - 27 January 2023

A full-time temporary role, with hybrid working up to 50% from home

The role

This is an exciting operational role to undertake general cashiering tasks and assist in the processing of client and office transactions in accordance with the Solicitors Regulations Authority Accounts Rules.  The role will report into the Finance Team Leader and be part of the wider finance operations team which are based across our offices.

The person

This role requires someone who ideally has experience of working in the legal industry or professional services firm and has a financial background, with a proven track record of delivering excellent internal/external client service.

It is likely that your background and experience will include the following areas of expertise:

  • Solid educational background with at least 6 GCSEs at grade 4 and above, or equivalent

  • Hold or be working towards an accounting qualification

  • Experience of working in a high volume transactional finance related office environment, preferably in legal or professional services sector

  • Have strong Excel and Microsoft office skills

  • Have excellent attention to detail

  • Have excellent written as well as verbal communication skills and be confident working with all levels

  • Be organised and methodical in how you approach your work

  • Be self-managed, pro-active and confident in setting and prioritising your own work agenda

  • Be a team player, comfortable working with your local team and remotely with your finance colleagues in other locations

The activities

  • Processing of Client and Office account transactions in line with SRA compliance and best practice

  • Conduct inter-account transfers

  • Assisting with Purchase Ledger invoices and payments

  • Liaising with external clients on the firm’s credit card line

  • Assisting the team with various Month End procedures

  • Input and maintain correct accounting data on the computing system, observing current procedures for authorisation

  • Advise fee earners and executive assistants in correct accounting procedures, and provide assistance and information in financial areas to enable fee earners to perform their client work in a timely and accurate manner

  • Assist in the completion of regular bank reconciliations and the posting of necessary corrections

  • Answer queries from clients, banks and other work related institutions

  • Supply information required by auditors and assist them in their audit where necessary

  • Carry out any other reasonable tasks delegated by the team leaders and managers as appropriate

  • Suggest ways in which the finance team can improve efficiency through the better use of technology or change to working practices

  • To assist with the successful implementation of new systems and working practices on a consistent firm-wide basis

  • Establish good working relationships with fee earners and executive assistants

  • To work with other members of the finance team in respect of billing and credit control support for fee earning teams and generally assist in managing working capital

  • Produce reports as required from the accounting system

  • Ensure that fee earners and executive assistants are aware of financial best practice and how the implementation of that can benefit the firm

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of the role, we will conduct pre-transfer screening that includes a disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and a self-declaration to access your character and suitability.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

The Mills & Reeve Business Services career structure

We have a firm wide Business Services career structure and a published career progression framework.  Within the firm wide career structure there are five career levels.  For the purposes of the framework, this role is at an Assistant level and the role profile that details the outcomes and activities expected of across the firm is included with this job description.  Further information on the firm’s Business Services career structure is available from the HR team.

The package

As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits.  The firm’s standard benefits are detailed in the following link:

https://www.mills-reeve.com/careers/benefits

The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement.

Why not find out more about what it’s like to work at Mills & Reeve by taking two minutes to watch our video?

https://player.vimeo.com/video/157575542

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. 

Please click the link below to find further information regarding our diversity policy.

https://www.mills-reeve.com/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion

If you want to find out more information about Mills & Reeve, you can visit our website   http://www.mills-reeve.com