Financial Accountant

DLA Piper
Dublin, Leinster (IE)
17 Sep 2020
16 Nov 2020
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type


We redefine the possible.

At DLA Piper, innovation and challenging the status quo are the vital spark to how we think and what we do. Together, we create exceptional experiences, outcomes and growth for our clients and people.

DLA Piper's regional headquarters in Dublin, Ireland is embarking upon an expansion journey just shortly after it's 1st birthday. The regional finance function is looking to hire a well versed financial accountant, who will support the Head of Finance in Ireland in building the finance centre of excellence for Ireland and establish the function across the regional business. 

The ideal candidate will be a certified accountant, experienced in senior stakeholder relationship management, adaptable, agile and able to work in an transforming environment. The role comes with an exciting personal and professional growth opportunity for the right candidate, as the Ireland branch is the newest regional branch within broader DLA Piper International and is showcasing significant and dynamic growth, which comes with a great spectrum of varied accountabilities and opportunities.


Under the supervision of the Head of Finance and while being autonomous in your work your tasks cover but are not restricted to:


  • Providing financial support for the local management team, which will include assistance with monitoring of the annual budget and provision of variance updates
  • Interpreting centrally provided financial data on KPIs including around billing and cash
  • Working with local teams to ensure cost control and accurate accounting of costs
  • Working with local management and central credit control for debt management
  • Interpreting centrally provided financial data on KPIs including around billing and cash

Accounting, Control & Compliance

  • Maintaining the local accounting records, processing month end journals, providing monthly analysis on figures and preparing the annual consolidation package for the two entities in Ireland
  • Partner accounting – ensuring that Capital, Interest, and partner drawings are accurately reflected in the Partnership accounts
  • Assisting to establish an adequate system of internal control and compliance with Group accounting policies on a range of issues
  • Processing of monthly payroll and recording in accounting records
  • Assisiting to comply with Law Society of Irelands accounting rules or equivalent company requirements around client money management
  • Submitting local tax and regulatory reporting, VAT, VIES and annual returns 

Risk management

  • Assisting in the maintenance of the local business and financial Risk Logs


  • Involvement in various internationally driven projects, such as the implementation of a new global ERP system

The above list is not exhaustive and there will be opportunity to develop your skills depending on your abilities.


  • You will possess a minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant experience and appropriate professional accounting qualification
  • Experience in a professional services environment is an advantage
  • You have excellent knowledge of Excel
  • You have gained experience in a finance function of an International organisation
  • You have a strong knowledge of local accounting rules, VAT legislation and preferably of International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Has a strong knowledge of local statutory reporting requirements
  • Experience with SAP Concur will be an advantage
  • You have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and are fluent in English
  • You are a self-starter, who is able to work on their own initiative as well as being part of a team, and you have a strong client service orientation
  • You feel comfortable operating in sometimes ambiguous situations, demonstrating a flexible and collaborative personal working style
  • You feel comfortable multi-tasking and working to conflicting timescales on multiple priorities in a robust and fast-paced environment
  • You possess the interpersonal skills and experience to work with colleagues throughout the International firm


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent. Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best.

If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations, should they be required.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.