Financial Accountant


Permanent - Full Time



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Job title: Financial Accountant

Reports to: Assistant Financial Controller


What are we looking for?

A qualified accountant to support the European Assistant Financial Controller with all aspects of financial accounting for the firm. To act as an interface between the Finance department and other members of the Firm, especially budget holders.


Areas of focus and responsibilities

  • Completion of monthly general ledger (trial balance) reconciliations (e.g. accruals, prepayments)
  • Managing the distribution of "Responsible Party" reports each month and the review of the Balance Sheet reconciliations received
  • Monthly preparation of the Profit and Loss Account                                            
  • Meeting with budget holders to discuss cost variances and report thereon                                          
  • Oversee production of fixed asset registers                                                                                       
  • Preparation of VAT returns                                                                                                   
  • Review monthly, quarterly and annual National Statistics returns and other annual returns
  • Assisting in the annual budgeting process. Preparation of Finance budget and review of other departmental budgets
  • Assisting in the preparation of the Firm’s statutory accounts, including the production of extended trial balances
  • Perform ad-hoc duties within the accounting department (e.g. set up on-line payments, deal with car purchases/disposals etc)
  • Overseeing the day-to-day running and development of the expense management system – Chrome River.
  • Maintenance of key masterfiles in the Elite accounting system
  • Other ad hoc projects and reports as required
  • Dealing with the annual audit including preparation of an audit file and providing requested information
  • Preparation of partners distribution schedule and supporting communications
  • Preparation of EU partner leaving statements
  • Control and reconciliation of partners accounts
  • Involvement on the 3E project including cleaning up balances relating to closed offices
  • Assisting in the development of the department's intranet content, including policies and procedures.
  • Preparation of biannual payment practices report
  • Preparation of PWC and other surveys


This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for the performance of this job, and as such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

Technical skills and experience

  • Professionally qualified (ACA, ACCA) accountant with minimum 2 year PQE
  • Knowledge of UK GAAP/Reporting Standards (FRS102 knowledge is preferable) and SAR
  • Highly PC literate
  • Previous experience with Elite desirable
  • Commercial aptitude with a modern, pro-active approach


Interpersonal skills

  • First class written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Ability to win the confidence and respect of Partners
  • The energy and enthusiasm to manage new initiatives, challenge the norm and strive towards excellence and innovation
  • The ability to stay calm and work under pressure whilst maintaining a high level of attention to detail and a sense of urgency
  • The ability to deliver a complete solution
  • A flexible approach to work with the ability to use your initiative
  • An organised approach to work which allows you to manage conflicting deadlines and priorities






The Essentials

  • 9.30am to 5.30pm but flexibility is a must, particularly during reporting cycles
  • 12 week probation period
  • 12 week notice period
  • Flexible benefits package including pension, season ticket loan, subsidised gym memberships, lifestyle discount scheme, on site café plus more


About Withers Worldwide

Withersworldwide has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on the full range of their business, personal and philanthropic legal needs, both at home and abroad. With offices in the key financial centres of Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Caribbean, we provide coverage and services that other law firms focussed on the needs of the individual cannot. We have represented 70% of the Top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the Forbes 400 List, 35% of the Hong Kong Forbes Rich List, and 35% of Forbes Asia's Richest Families list.


Equal Opportunities Employment Statement

It is the policy of Withers Worldwide to provide equal opportunities for all employees in relation to recruitment, training and promotion. Decisions in these areas will be made only by reference to the requirements of the job and shall not be influenced by any consideration of ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability.

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