Financial Accountant

Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing date
2 Sep 2022

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We are looking for a Financial Accountant to support the group finance function in controlling the Firm's balance sheet, delivering annual statutory reporting and audit compliance, co-ordinating month end postings and other ad hoc tasks as required.

About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm. With 79 offices in 45 countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.

About the Role

Key role responsibilities:

* Responsible for controlling UK and Group balance sheet reconciliations as part of the financial accounting subteam, ensuring all deliverables are consistently met.
* Preparing, coordinating, and challenging legal entity balance sheet reconciliations.
* Preparation and validation of monthly group foreign exchange revaluations.
* Ensuring all balance sheet accounts and inter-company balances are routinely reconciled and fully substantiated.
* Supporting on various balance sheet projects following a major software implementation.
* Majorly contribute as required towards revamping working papers, balance sheet controls, processes, and existing financial models around the new software.
* Working with group and local finance teams to resolve historic issues and substantiate legacy general ledger balances for legal entities particularly relating to intercompany.
* Preparation of group balance sheet reporting and commentary.
* Routine reconciliation of sub-ledger control account balances to the general ledger.
* Preparing month end journals in conjunction with the wider group accounting team.
* Preparing annual financial statements and applicable notes in accordance with FRS102.
* Supporting the Group Statutory & Financial Accountant to co-ordinate and prepare consolidated statutory financial statements for the Group and UK LLP.
* Taking a lead role on the statutory audit ensuring all deliverables and deadlines are met.
* Co-ordination and delivery of interim and final work-in-progress valuation exercises.
* Liaising with global finance teams to ensure timely coordination and completion of tasks.
* Actively contribute towards the achievement of wider finance team deliverables and continuous improvement of internal processes.
* Supporting the team as required, providing cover for team members in times of absence.
* Have a full understanding of all procedures and systems in place - "roll sleeves up" and help the team when necessary.
* Maintaining good relationships with other departments in the business

About You

Desired experience:

* Prior experience in a group accounting / financial control role (essential)
* Good analytical and MS Excel skills (essential)
* Good practical knowledge of UK GAAP / FRS102 (essential)
* Experience of Elite 3E and SAP Business Objects (desirable)

Key competencies:

* Good planning and organisational skills with the ability to operate independently.
* Able to discuss and present issues in a confident, professional and appropriate way.
* Good understanding of financial controls and practical application of policies.
* Self-motivated with a flexible approach to workload, persevering to get the job done.
* Disciplined working under pressure, a team player diligent and reliable in nature.
* Hands-on and proactive with a positive "can do" approach.
* Pride in producing high quality, accurate and timely information.
* Well organised with determination to meet agreed deadlines.
* Good communication skills and the ability to deal with non-finance related personnel.


* Qualified Accountant - ICAS, ACA, ACCA or Equivalent (essential)
* Have a relevant degree in finance and accounting (2.1 preferred)

Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.



CMS is a future facing international law firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, and home to business services colleagues across everything from Information Technology, Human Resources and Innovation to Finance, Diversity & Inclusion and Communications.  The firm’s core purpose is to build rewarding futures for its clients, people and communities.

In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, every team at CMS is empowered to operate and innovate in ways that best meet clients’ needs. We encourage ideas from every corner of our business. We are also committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs.

We strive to spend more time looking at our clients’ world than inwards at ours.  That’s what makes our approach different. Being able to see things from our clients’ perspective means our people are approachable and accessible. And this means we have a genuinely supportive, open culture you won’t find everywhere. 

We take the same approach with our colleagues: we pride ourselves on fostering a workplace where everyone is encouraged to speak up, share ideas, seek advice and where ability and commitment is recognised by rapid progression. 

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do.  We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.  

Whatever your specialism, and whether you’re a lawyer or a business services professional, a career at CMS gives you huge scope to carve out a brilliant career as you help us, and our clients, to face the future with confidence.

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+44 (0) 20 7367 3000
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
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