International Project Accountant

DLA Piper
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
10 Nov 2020
03 Dec 2020
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type


We redefine the possible.

DLA Piper, an international leading law firm, is on a transitional journey of becoming the law firm of the future, embracing change, investing in and driving modern initiatives.

Law& represents our enhanced legal offering and the tech solutions, advisory services and other new products which we nurture, grow and build.

As part of transformation and the establishment of the Law& initiative we are looking for an experienced finance professional to join our well established finance centre of excellence and step into this exciting newly created opportunity.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant, with project management experience as well as experience in dealing with the broad range of accounting issues that arise within an organisation. They would have the energy and knowledge to create solutions to technical and practical challenges, while having exceptional senior stakeholder management abilities. Group accounting experience would be an advantage.

This role is a permanent full time position.


  • Responsible for all accounting issues relating our Law& projects including the new group of subsidiary companies. We envisage this will be 80% of the role for the first 6 months. The issues range .i.e.

    • Ensuring regulatory requirements are met
    • Financial operations including billing are efficient
  • Group Accounting lead on key projects (currently confidential projects)

  • Act as the group accounts liaison on all firmwide projects, reviewing resource requirements and scheduling, managing change control process where appropriate

  • Report monthly on project progress to the Finance Project Board


  • Be a qualified accountant (CIMA/ACCA/ACA or equivalent) have project management experience

  • Have project management experience

  • Have a strong technical background and be confident technically

  • Be able to research technical accounting questions/issues where the answer isn’t necessarily readily available and be able to make recommendations/ provide advice on appropriate treatment

  • Be confident in using Excel

  • Be comfortable meeting and building up relationships with members of the other finance teams

  • Be able to challenge current practice and thinking and to be challenged

  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and be fluent in English

  • Be a self-starter, who is able to work on their own initiative as well as being part of a team, and has a strong client service orientation

  • Be comfortable operating in sometimes ambiguous situations, demonstrating a flexible and collaborative personal working style

  • Be comfortable multi-tasking and working to conflicting timescales on multiple priorities in a robust and fast-paced environment

  • Be willing to travel internationally


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, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

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 know 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.