Business Analyst - Finance (Officer/Advisor level)

Employer
Allen & Overy LLP
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
6 Apr 2024

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Vacancy Type
Finance, Financial analysis
Contract Type
Permanent
Experience Level
Officer / Analyst / Engineer / Executive / Coordinator
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

Job description

We are currently recruiting for a Business Analyst - Finance to join our London office.   As a position in the Group Finance team, this Officer/Advisor level role supports the implementation of technology solutions for global business objectives. This means working on projects from start to finish and translating ideas into tangible outcomes. Doing so involves:

  • delivering solutions to decision makers and Finance clients in keeping with internal or external accounting policies and business drivers
  • promoting A&O's on-going compliance with global fiscal and regulatory frameworks in current and future territories of operation
  • developing and implementing operational change across the Finance function whilst promoting best practices and maintaining internal controls
  • supporting the Finance leadership and Finance teams across the network in meeting objectives
  • sharing knowledge with internal and external clients through formal and informal means

The Business Analyst must either be an experienced BA with a transactional system background or a qualified accountant with an aptitude for finance systems

Role and responsibilities
The Business Analyst (BA) will act as a business partner with two major aims: delivering change and ensuring continuity. More specific details on these two areas are detailed below.

Change

  • Contribute to AOSS merger related activities assigned including involvement in process mapping, specification and implementation of merger-related system development changes and training and onboarding of new users to Elite 3e.
  • Contribute to or manage ad hoc Finance or Finance-affected projects outlined by business or Finance management, working from initial ideation through requirements gathering to proposal, design and delivery.
  • Partner with teams throughout the global Finance function and other support departments to understand business needs with aim of improving accuracy, efficiency and controls
  • Contribute to the opening/set up of new operations in the A&O network and restructuring of existing business units
  • Support & train finance and other personnel globally on specialist subjects.
  • Participate in practice management system upgrade projects, including testing, training and documentation.
  • Write software test plans, carry out methodical testing and document results
  • Work with Information Delivery team to guide the direction of internal and external reporting

Continuity

  • Develop in-depth functional and operational knowledge of Finance systems and policies to provide subject matter expertise to stakeholders across the business
  • Research and understand current and future accounting and tax requirements in jurisdictions around the world and be able to interpret these into practical procedures and system processes
  • Steward practice management system configurations, which determine how transactions post to general and sub ledgers and ensure integrity of data used for management reporting
  • Understand the budget, month-end & year-end management/financial accounts preparation process to be able to support the Group Reporting Team
  • Collaborate with and cover for other Business Analysts
  • Build and maintain relationships with Finance staff, to be able to assist with their education and to promote best practices and procedures in line with global finance policies

Key requirements

  • Problem-solving skills with focus on creative, yet pragmatic solutions
  • Flexibility to handle multiple projects simultaneously in an environment with shifting priorities
  • Aptitude for learning and using financial/management information systems
  • Grasp of the importance of process management and standardisation
  • Facility to adapt to and implement change, including interpreting requirements to deliver outcomes in line with the Firm’s policies
  • Accuracy, timeliness and consistency
  • Willingness to collaborate with others to achieve success as a team
  • Initiative and desire to get the job done, with commitment to a high standard
  • Experience of working closely with developers to create innovative solutions

Who we are looking for

  • Member of a recognised accounting body as a qualified accountant or an individual with extensive proven experience as a BA
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent)
  • Experience in working with finance transactional system as an administrative user
  • SQL skills an advantage
  • Previous work experience in a multinational Finance function is an advantage, as is a law firm or professional services background
  • Experience of the Thomson Reuters Elite 3E Finance system (beneficial)

Company

With over 5,600 people in over 40 offices, Allen & Overy is a business doing work of global significance.

Our success is built on the work of talented and motivated people who thrive in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients. We’re ambitious and forward-thinking, committed to growing our business and meeting the future head-on. We’re not afraid of change, and we believe in challenging the status quo.

What we do goes beyond delivering an outstanding service. We lead the market by creating new solutions for our clients’ most complex legal and business challenges, helping them grow, innovate and thrive. By thinking creatively and entrepreneurially, we challenge expectations, push boundaries and build for the future. We draw on a world-leading network of expertise and a unique platform – such as our Advanced Delivery services and our network of Peerpoint consultants, to set the highest standards for our industry.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our global resources and sector expertise to work on matters that cross international boundaries with our culturally and geographically diverse teams. For you, it means that wherever you work, you’ll find a culture of inclusion and support – feeling confident to bring your whole self to work every single day. We have developed a culture in which difference is positively valued, and our people are free to be themselves.  At A&O, you're not only valued for what you do, but for who you are. 

We are in every sense one global team; supportive and collaborative, but also ambitious and driven.  Our capacity to combine these qualities and provide a setting in which our people can thrive is what makes us different.

Company info
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Telephone
+44 (0) 20 3088 0000
Location
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD
GB

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