Financial Accountant

Bristol (City Centre), Bristol
08 Jun 2021
07 Aug 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type

We have a great opportunity for an experienced Financial Accountant to join our Finance Team. This is a full-time, permanent position, usually based out of our Bristol office, although we are happy to consider some home working on occasion for this position too, but at present due to the UK Government guidelines, this position will be working remotely.

About us

Osborne Clarke is an international legal practice with over 270 Partners and more than 900 talented lawyers in 26 locations*. Our sector-based approach enables us to help our clients tackle the issues they are facing today, and prepare for the ones that they will face tomorrow. Advising them both comprehensively and commercially. We love working closely with our clients on new deals, products and solutions which will transform their businesses, markets and even sectors. And our unique approachable culture is not an added extra, it's fundamental to our success.

The role

The main purpose of this role is to assist in the maintenance of the firm's accounting records, financial controls and the provision of financial analysis, reports and insights.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist in the preparation of the monthly P&L, balance sheet, cash flow, associated variance reports to budget holders for the UK and where appropriate, take primary responsibility for certain cost centres
  • Support the annual audit of the financial accounts including liaising with external auditors
  • Prepare monthly financial accounts; including journal postings, accruals, prepayments and monthly cash flow analysis for our international offices where UK finance has the lead
  • Analyse and report on key performance areas in Business Services functions
  • Research and fact find on payroll and tax related queries
  • Back up for the preparation of VAT and other tax returns for the firm and it's "subsidiary" companies
  • Support the preparation and completion of the annual overhead budgets from UK Business Service budget holders and where applicable, International offices
  • Contribute to improvements in key processes within the financial accounting remit where necessary to deliver efficiencies and improved accuracy
  • Take an active role in the transition from the firm's current Practice Management System to a new platform
  • Assist with the development of a consistent GL accounting structure across the UK and international offices, including local statutory reporting requirements. This will include cleansing the current GL structure ahead of the transition to the new PMS and develop a process for future changes/amendments with ongoing responsibility and maintenance
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the PMS system set up/masking e.g. disbursement codes, ledger codes, VAT codes, setting up new entities etc
  • Provide ad-hoc support to projects and other initiatives, as required
  • Actively manage own personal training and development, identifying any suitable development opportunities

You will be

We are looking for an experienced Financial Accountant who is CIMA/ACCA qualified. You'll need to have experience of change management and ideally come from a professional services environment, but this is not essential for this role. Additionally you'll also demonstrate:

  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills, with the ability to work using your own initiative as well as within a team
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Be self-motivated and proactive
  • Work in a collaborative and professional manner, with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience using Elite and working internationally is desirable but not essential

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

We would very much welcome your application using the link provided. Should you have any questions about the role, or would like to find out more about the firm, please contact Chloe Tidcombe in the recruitment team on

No agencies please.

*Services in India are provided by a relationship firm

Please note that although we include closing dates for our roles as a guide, we review and progress applications on a rolling basis.


At Osborne Clarke we value difference and encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual or romantic orientations. We want everyone to feel that OC is a place where you can be yourself and where you belong, and our range of interest groups and diversity networks - not to mention our great teams - are a part of making that a reality.

We support working families via a range of family and caring friendly policies and will accommodate flexible working where we can. We value the health and wellbeing of our people: for example, we're signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, have an active network of mental health champions and offer free initiatives and flexible benefits to all our people.

Being an inclusive employer is important to us. We have made a number of external commitments such as the Race Fairness Commitment and Women in Law Pledge, and are working with organisations like Stonewall to become a more inclusive employer.

Osborne Clarke is a Living Wage Employer, so we're committed to paying everybody in our business enough to live on and to enable them to save for the future.

We want you to be able to show us your best during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to be made during the application, interview process or when working with us, please let us know.