Dublin - Finance Manager, Finance

Employer
Dentons
Location
Dublin (County), Leinster (IE)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
15 Jan 2023

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Vacancy Type
Finance, Generalist
Contract Type
Permanent
Experience Level
Manager
Role Classification
Other Professional
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Job Details

Purpose of role

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as Finance Manager for the rapidly growing Dentons Ireland Office, responsible for the management and statutory reporting for two legal entities – Dentons Ireland LLP and Dentons Ireland Legal Services Ltd. The role holder will be responsible for managing the financial and management reporting, VAT and other tax reporting, as well as working closely with the key business services stakeholders to ensure that Dublin continues to build on its hugely successful start.  The role will be responsible for ensuring that the audit is delivered on time and ensure that the business adheres to Irish Law Society client money rules and that regulatory reporting requirements are met.  The role will work closely with the UK finance team to implement appropriate best-in-class processes to ensure a high quality of service is provided to our business in the course of its implementation of its strategic growth plans.

This is a key role in a rapidly growing business which will proactively manage the entities' regulatory and internal reporting, deal with partner payments, provide assistance to the management team in relation to future strategy and provide the liaison between the Dublin office and the finance support teams based in the UK and Poland. 

Responsibilities

In addition to managing the day-to-day workload and service provided by their supporting team and our external advisors, the main duties and responsibilities for the role are as follows:

  • Preparation of annual financial accounts for both local tax and the firm's reporting purposes in accordance with agreed timetables
  • To prepare monthly reconciliations to support the financial records held in Elite/3E
  • To be responsible for ensuring that there are appropriate internal controls in place to protect the assets of the firm
  • To prepare the monthly management accounts of the office including pre month end journals and post month end reporting
  • To work with the Office Managing partner and Finance Consultant to prepare the annual budgets for the office
  • To provide support to the office Managing Partner / Head of Finance (UK&I) / Finance Consultant re ad hoc initiatives and projects
  • To review all bank reconciliations (office and client) on a monthly basis
  • To ensure that Irish Law Society client money rules are followed and work with the UK & Ireland Cashiers Manager to ensure reporting deadlines are met and residual balances are returned
  • Preparation of the annual and semi-annual accounts required under the Solicitors’ Regulations, including resolution of any queries or issues
  • To liase with the firm's auditors and provide information and support as required
  • To provide information to and work closely with the UK management accounts team to assist as necessary with the financial management of the firm
  • To prepare rolling cash flow forecasts, investigating variances in actual cash flow as compared to forecast
  • To prepare and agree inter-office bills or recharges to/from UK and other UKIME offices
  • To work with the Revenue Manager (UK&I) and Credit Control Manager (UK&I) to ensure timely time recording, processing of client invoices and issuing of bills and collection of cash
  • Monitoring WIP and Debtor Lock-Up levels and working with Partners to understand and resolve any sub-optimal performance or adverse trends
  • Building partnerships and strong relationships within the Business and Practice Groups providing proactive support to financial management and commercial decision making
  • To work with the AP team to ensure timely processing of supplier invoices and disbursement invoices and assist with queries from suppliers
  • To work with the Office Manager and UKIME procurement team to review key contracts and ensure the office is receiving value for money from its key suppliers
  • To prepare the Group VAT return for the two Irish entities and ensure timely payment of VAT and completion of related sales listings
  • To assist the tax team with transfer pricing analysis
  • Payment on account of tax, social and labour charges as required by Irish tax authorities
  • Assisting with the provision of information as required by partners and fee earners for their personal income tax returns
  • To work with the UKIME in-house tax team and external advisors to agree tax computations and tax filings
  • To work with the UK Financial accounts team to ensure payment of partner drawings, partner distributions, director's salaries and director's pension contributions
  • To manage, appraise and develop other accounting team personnel (if and when the local team expands)
  • Continually review financial accounting and reporting processes and controls with a view to identifying and capturing any operational efficiency gains. 
  • Participate in finance and other ad hoc projects as assigned

Required experience, skills and attributes

  • Fully qualified ACA/ACCA
  • Excellent Excel skills (including charts and pivot tables)
  • Knowledge of Elite/3E would be an advantage
  • Sound working knowledge of databases and Word and Powerpoint
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Methodical approach to work with a strong focus on accuracy 
  • Can clearly explain problems and issues to others and contribute to their resolution
  • Able to prioritise and multi-task particularly when working under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Collaborative with an ability to interact positively at all levels and a good team player
  • Able to demonstrate excellent customer facing skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances
  • Can demonstrate confidence and resilience to overcome obstacles to deliver what is required
  • Can demonstrate initiative and the ability to be proactive
  • Hardworking and enthusiastic approach to work; professional in outlook, attitude and appearance
  • Proactive with a "can-do" attitude in all areas, with a strong sense of self-motivation
  • Understands the need for documentation and well-defined procedures
  • Experience of dealing with partners and senior management
  • Experience of working in a law firm or a professional services environment
  • Knowledge of Irish Solicitors' Accounts Rules and client monies rules

How we work

This is a Hybrid role – your place of work is one of our offices, however there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days you must work from this office. We give you the freedom to decide with your team how efficiently and effectively you can deliver the best service to our clients, work with your colleagues, and progress your own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. We encourage you to discuss this with our recruitment team and your interviewers to see how the team you are interviewing with are working. You will have an allowance to create a workspace in your own home, as well the kit to utilise the desks at any of our offices.

The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

Dentons Ireland Profile

Dentons Ireland was established in 2020 and since then has grown rapidly under the dynamic and astute leadership of Managing Partner, Eavan Saunders. Dentons Ireland now has 11 partners with 2 more joining by year end. Dentons Ireland will grow by 50%+ this financial year and the strategic business growth plan envisages the business trebling over the following 3 years. Dentons Ireland will move into its new Dublin HQ on 20 Kildare Street in January 2023. Incredibly, within 2 years of operation Dentons Ireland has been shortlisted for "Irish Law Firm of the year".

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com – Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CVs sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.

Company

Looking for a firm where you can realise your potential and build a rewarding career? Then apply yourself at Dentons.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, with more than 12,000 lawyers and professionals. It is a force for innovation and change in the commercial legal market today.

The legal profession is changing rapidly and Dentons is leading the way in advancing change for the benefit of clients. We are driven to challenge the status quo, delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value to our clients in new and innovative ways.

Global and local market forces are rapidly changing the practice of law. Clients expect high-quality, seamless service delivered faster, cheaper and better everywhere. Globalisation and the corresponding desire to protect cultural identity are creating challenges and opportunities for law firms around the world. By joining Dentons, you can help us meet these challenges.

Our vision is to be the law firm of the future, right now. Our strategy is to grow, integrate and reinvent our business. You have the opportunity to help build the law firm of the future and be a part of the strategy that gets us there.

Who do we hire?

One of the things that makes Dentons unique is our polycentric approach: we have no one global headquarters and no dominant national culture. That means that, here in the UK and Ireland, we have colleagues performing all functions of the Firm. We not only hire qualified lawyers and other fee earners, but also the full suite of business support professionals.

Our UK and Ireland core values are important to us – "Always Human", "Stronger Together", "Here to Win". This helps to shape our culture and how we work with each other, our clients and our communities.

At Dentons, we believe that inclusion and diversity are essential to the success and strength of the Firm and the quality of our advice to, and representation of, our clients. We are committed to providing a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, faith, religion or spiritual beliefs, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, abilities, social perspective and other characteristics, we create a dynamic and inclusive work environment that is critical to our success. You can read more about what we are doing to achieve this on our Inclusion & Diversity pages.

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively. If you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

We are a truly global law firm and, as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Why should you join the Firm?

We provide innovative solutions to our clients by attracting, retaining and developing the best talent. At Dentons, you will develop your skills and knowledge in an open and supportive environment. You will be both stretched and challenged. You will experience an international network that fosters a collegiality unmatched at other firms.

We are proud of the achievements of our Firm members, both professionally and within our wider communities.

Helping our clients prosper and grow is what Dentons is all about. We focus on meeting the evolving needs of our clients in virtually every sector. We care about the long-term success of each one of our clients and strive to build a trust-based partnership.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to develop their potential fully and, therefore, provide support, training and encouragement to members of staff at all levels. Our award-winning Talent & Development team has access to a wealth of resources to support you throughout your career at Dentons. With these, and our formal developmental packages, we will help you to achieve your career goals.

What benefits and support are available?

Dentons understands the need to retain quality employees, which is why the Firm offers a huge range of employee benefits. From health insurance and critical illness cover, to gym membership and income protection, employees and their loved ones are well looked after at Dentons. Dentons has an in-house counsellor and fully trained mental health first aiders.

In light of the increasing numbers of working parents with dependent children, and other caring responsibilities, Dentons provides support for loved ones through a Parents & Carers network and resources such as My Family Care and Cityparents.

Where in the UK and Ireland are we based?

We have offices across the UK: London, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and Glasgow and Aberdeen and also in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, a growing number of our roles are for remote workers based anywhere in the UK. The description of each position details where the successful hire can be based.

The way we work

At Dentons the way we work is built on trust, empowerment and all round flexibility. With diversity at our core, our approaches to work are as varied as we are. We support our staff to be their best selves, helping them make the right choices in where and how we work in order to deliver the very highest level of service to our clients, ensuring we are able to carry out our roles in their widest sense to support our teams, our personal development and our own preferences.

We have worked with, and listened to, all of our employees and now have three recognized ways of working. These categories are as follows;

Office based - Office based workers are those who need to be in the office every day as their physical presence is intrinsically linked to their specific role, this applies to a small proportion of our workforce/teams.

Virtual workers – Our virtual workers have no need to attend an office and as such, are fully remote. We have successfully implemented this model across both our Legal Delivery Centre and ARC real estate teams. Members of these teams are provided with all necessary equipment and an allowance to create a workspace in their own home and won't be expected to come to an office. At the moment all virtual workers must be in the based in UK.

Hybrid workers – For the majority of our workforce we have implemented a hybrid model whereby there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days they must work from an office location. Instead we give them the freedom to decide with their team how efficiently and effectively they can deliver the best service to our clients, work with our colleagues and progress their own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. Each hybrid worker is given an allowance to create a workspace in their own home.

At Dentons, we are always open to improvement and challenging ourselves so should you have a current way of working that is different to our model then please let us know at the application stage and we would love to discuss it with you!

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Location
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London
EC4M 7RA
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