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Management Accountant (12m FTC)

We are currently recruiting for a Management Accountant (12 month FTC) to join our team in London!

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About Withersworldwide

A law firm focused on people and collaboration. For the past 125 years, Withers has supported some of the world's most remarkable people and organisations at defining moments in their lives. We are the only international law firm focused on successful individuals and private capital, working closely with founders, investors and family offices. We also advise governments, charities, global brands and start-ups of all shapes and sizes. Many of our clients are shaping the future and creating solutions to tackle many of the world's problems.  It makes for a fascinating and challenging practice. Our role is to get to know each individual client, find out where they want to be, and help them to get there – whether they are building a business, looking after their family, involved in a complex dispute or protecting their finances for the future. To meet their unique needs we are exceptionally collaborative, working together across teams and time zones. We are agile, focusing on strategy rather than rigid ideas and traditional hierarchy. It is a truly flexible working culture that puts people first. Join us to be part of a team that is always looking to the future. Where initiative, big ideas and bold moves are always encouraged. Where you can truly be yourself.

What are we looking for?

A qualified accountant to support the Assistant Financial Controllers 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 master files 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
  • 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

  • 12 month fixed term contract
  • 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


Information for Recruitment Agencies

Withersworldwide endeavours to recruit and fill vacancies directly. However, when we do need to engage with agencies, Withersworldwide operates a preferred supplier list and will not be accepting unsolicited applications from non-PSL agencies for this role.

Equal Opportunities Employment Statement

It is the policy of Withersworldwide 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 age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation).

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