International Management Accountant

Basingstoke, England, gb
Company: Penningtons Manches Cooper
Category: Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Published on 2021-08-02 18:04:55

Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our overseas network stretches from Asia to Europe through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris and Madrid. With 130 partners and over 880 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

Summary of role

To be part of Finance team responsible for book keeping and financial reporting activities of the Firm covering accounting, reporting and tax compliances for four international offices based in France, Spain, Greece and Singapore. Working closely with members of the Finance team, providing an excellent service to clients, contacts and staff. Take ownership of the month end close process of the Firm to ensure all deadlines are met.

Main Responsibilities

  • Production of accurate and timely monthly Management Accounts for international offices including all balance sheet reconciliations and profit and loss schedules including monthly KPI reporting.
  • Continuous management of Accruals, Prepayments, Intercompany, Bank and Fixed Assets for international offices
  • Working closely with 3rd party Accountants to ensure local reporting is submitted on time and is accurate, maintain the accuracy of entries posted into Elite, ensuring polices such as Fixed Asset classification are followed and overseeing timely and accurate submission of Trial Balances including back up reconciliations.
  • Accurate and timely postings to current accounts, drawings, taxation and capital accounts in Elite and maintenance of associated schedules.
  • Completion of year end audit files and year end liaison with external auditors
  • Ensuring that all local statutory, tax and reporting compliances are met.
  • Involvement in production of local VAT returns including the ESL submissions and dealing with adhoc VAT queries for the Firm
  • To undertake any specific training when required to do so and overall having a responsibility towards self-development
  • Assisting within the department or any other duties as reasonably required
  • Day to day management of an accounts assistant who predominantly works as an assistant to this role.
  • Essential and desirable criteria
  • ACCA/ACA qualified
  • Accurate, highly organised, hands on individual who is able to work with limited supervision
  • Experience in working with multinational/multicurrency systems
  • Good Team player who is able to communicate at all levels
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines
  • ‘Can do’ attitude
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience in working for a legal firm is beneficial
  • Experience in working with Elite is beneficial
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