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Flint Bishop is a top 200 leading law firm with headquarters in Derby city centre.

We represent leading UK organisations including government agencies, public sector bodies and PLCs, providing pragmatic and solution-orientated advice, which is nationally recognised by both the legal and business community.

As part of our recruitment drive to support the firm’s ambitious growth plans, the Finance department is currently recruiting a Finance Director.

The Finance Director is responsible for the financial and risk management operations of the business, to include the development of a financial strategy with the CFO and CEO, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to protect and enhance business assets and report accurate financial results.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a strong candidate to play a significant role in supporting the firm during a period of planned growth and beyond.

The role is full time and permanent.

Roles & responsibilities include:

  • Leadership, accountability, and responsibility for all aspects of the finance function to include:
    • Financial strategy and planning
    • Monitoring
    • Management and reporting
    • Management and development of policies, systems, processes, and personnel
  • Reporting and accounting in accordance with legal and fiscal requirements
  • Maintaining primary day-to-day relationships with our bank and auditors
  • Plan, manage and control support function costs within budget
  • Co-ordinating of the following:
    • Financial elements of strategic plan for the business covering a rolling period of 3 years
    • Business-wide budgetary and reforecasting procedures
    • Financial management information including developing financial measures which support the business’ strategic direction
    • Working capital/funding requirement monitoring and forecasting to always ensure adequate headroom in funding
    • Debt and other relevant financing such as partner capital as well as investing free funds to maximise safe returns
  • Prepare monthly management pack with commentaries for CFO/CEO
  • Recruitment, management, motivation, training, and advancement of the Finance team members
  • Overseeing the business’ transaction processing systems and developing efficient approaches to recording, client delivery and stewardship of both the business and clients’ assets
  • Overseeing financial risk management for the business including:
    • Undertaking the responsibilities of the Compliance Officer – Finance & Administration (COFA)
    • Understanding and mitigating key elements of the business’ financial and legal risk profile
    • Monitoring all open financial issues involving the business and financial issues affecting the industry
    • Constructing and monitoring reliable control systems within the finance and related functions, including client accounting and payments
    • Maintaining appropriate insurance coverage to protect the financial position of the business (with the COLP – ensure appropriate professional indemnity insurance)
    • Helping to ensure that the business complies with relevant financial and regulatory requirements
    • Ensuring that record keeping meets the requirements of the auditors, government agencies and regulators
    • Reporting financial risk issues to the CFO/CEO
    • Maintaining relations with external auditors, investigate their findings and recommendations, providing rectification where necessary
  • Reviewing the financial implications of significant contracts to be entered into by the business
  • Co-ordinating of financial elements of acquisitions and disposals (e.g., dealing with banks, liaising with accountants and advisors etc)

Skills & experience:

  • An accounting qualification – ACA/ACCA
  • Previous experience of managing a large team in a law firm
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and strong IT skills
  • Ability to build good relationships with colleagues at all levels
  • Be highly self-motivated and comfortable with making changes
  • Experience of leading year-end financial and SRA audits
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
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