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Finance Business Partner

DLA Piper
Leeds, Manchester or Sheffield
Closing date
9 Apr 2024

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Vacancy Type
Finance, Generalist
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional

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The role

Our Platform, Your Opportunity

In times, when the world has faced some great challenges, we’ve shown our values are not only phrases but the true ethos of who we are.  We’ve shown that being supportive, collaborative, exceptional and most of all bold had given us the opportunity to become stronger, continue evolving and invest in change. DLA Piper is a global law firm on its transitional journey, both locally and internationally.

If you are an experienced finance professional this is the right moment for you to join us as we are recruiting a Finance Business Partner to support the team whilst we transform our business. You will ideally be a qualified accountant with a high degree of commercial acumen, and excellent problem-solving skills. You’ll be  key financial interface between the international practice group management and the Finance department.

Join us on the journey, apply!


Business Partnering

  • Serving as the key financial interface between the international practice group management and the Finance department
  • Proactively working with International Practice Group Heads, their leadership teams and partners to provide financial expertise and support, e.g. effective and regular presentations at partner meetings, identifying and leading initiatives to improve financial performance relating to profitability, working capital and financial efficiency
  • Working with colleagues across the Finance function in leading the delivery of the finance curriculum agenda for the lawyers, including mentoring and training to newly promoted partners / laterals / promotion candidates / new firm joiners and presenting at firmwide learning academies for fee earners at all levels from trainee through to partner.

Financial Planning

  • Manage the annual planning and budgeting process for the practice group and support the delivery and maintenance of group led strategic plans
  • Manage the budgeting process for the service areas to challenge expenditure plans and successfully present their cost budget  

Financial Analysis

  • Enabling the practice group to achieve its objectives, make decisions and plan appropriately through the effective understanding and use of financial analysis
  • Interpretation of monthly finance MI into insightful commentary, analysis, and articulation of required management actions 
  • Monitoring performance against long-term strategic and short-term operational plans and assisting the partners formulate the necessary actions to be taken to achieve agreed financial targets


  • ACCA / ACA / CIMA qualified with proven PQE experience.
  • Finance Business Partnering experience with senior stakeholders (ideally within a professional services business, but would consider similar experience in other sectors)
  • A high degree of commercial acumen with exceptional analysis and financial modelling skills and evidence of applied strategic thinking/planning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and has strength of personality to ensure the Finance view is clearly communicated. 
  • Capable and confident in presenting to large audiences face to face or via technology

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals 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 are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding 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 recognise 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 and where relevant, 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 work-related references.


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, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

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+44 (0)20 7349 0296
160 Aldersgate Street

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