Chief Cashier

Term: Permanent
Department: Accounts
Location: Manchester
The Firm

Fieldfisher is an ambitious and growing International law firm providing legal and commercial solutions across a range of industry sectors. Servicing an impressive client base that includes big name brands and international businesses, the firm has over 200 partners, 600 fee earners and 500 support staff across offices in the UK and Internationally.  The firm's revenue for 2019/20 was over £230 million.

The team are looking to add an experienced manager level role to our office cashiering team to drive forward process improvements and to adapt and equip the function to best support the continued growth of the business.  The role will be to lead and support the Office Cashiering and Accounts Payable teams, but will also provide ad-hoc support to the Client Cashier team and the Client Account Supervisor.

The role will sit within the Accounts Department in our Manchester office but will manage the Office Cashier and Accounts Payable teams in all of our UK locations.  

Responsibilities

The role will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Manage the Office Cashier and the Accounts Payable teams.
  • Manage team workloads liaising closely with the Office Account Supervisors
  • Manage team performance, appraisals, recruitment and training of new staff members
  • Deliver 'best practice' and efficiency improvements for the office cashiering and AP functions.
  • Work with the Business Transformation Team (that manages our Microsoft Dynamics 365 based accounting system) and provide input into the development and delivery of system enhancements that affect the cashiering functions.
  • Build strong working relationships with cashier teams in our International offices and provide assistance or guidance on best practices where appropriate.
  • Be "hands-on" and assist in processing of supplier invoices and employee expenses as required, particularly at busy times or during periods of staff absence.
  • Approve AP, Disbursement and Expenses payment runs
  • Be aware of key payments and key suppliers
  • Ensure the controls environment is maintained and adhered to at all times.
  • Review bank reconciliations and ensure reconciling items are investigated and cleared promptly.
  • Review and investigate aged creditor balances
  • Assist with Payment Approvals using on-line banking platforms (Lloyds and Barclays).
  • Manage and assist as necessary) in the resolution of supplier and business queries.
  • Manage company credit card accounts.
  • Ensure any unidentified cash receipts are investigated and checked for potential Money Laundering issues and report as appropriate
  • Manage the opening & closing of bank accounts
  • Ensure compliance with Solicitors Accounts Rules by the Office Account and AP teams and notify any breaches to the firm's COFA
  • Other ad-hoc duties, supporting International colleagues and liaising with other key functions of the finance department as required
Key Skills & Experience
  • Good written and spoken communication skills. Candidate is personable and approachable.
  • People management skills, including the giving of effective feedback, running appraisals, managing team performance
  • Process improvement and change management skills
  • Good team player – readily assists others to achieve team and individual objectives, particularly in busy periods
  • Numerate
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent planning and organising skills – able to handle multiple tasks
  • Able to prioritise team and own workload to meet deadlines
  • Previous experience in a similar role in a Legal firm would be useful but not essential

Other – attributes

  • Shows commitment to the role and team
  • Pro-active
  • Displays a willingness to learn and actively seeks new work and challenges
  • Takes responsibility for personal development
  • Professional in attitude and appearance
  • Prepared to work overtime during peak periods