Assistant Financial Reporting & Analysis Accountant

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Reports to: Financial Reporting & Analysis Accountant
Department: Practice Management & Finance
Location: Birmingham
About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow.

Main Purpose of the Job

 Assisting the Financial Reporting & Analysis Accountant with the preparation and delivery of the monthly Management Accounts, Profit and Loss account and Balance Sheet, alongside Budgeting and Forecasting, primarily using IBM Cognos and Aderant Expert.

Key relationships:

  • Internal: Finance
  • External: Auditors, Regulatory Bodies (as directed by the Financial Reporting & Analysis Accountant)
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assisting with the preparation and delivery of the monthly Management Accounts, Profit and Loss account and Balance Sheet using IBM Cognos and Aderant Expert.
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of improvements and updates to the financial reporting processes using IBM Cognos and any other systems as appropriate.
  • Supporting month end business reporting processes, including assisting in the development of new reports and liaising with Finance Systems and Commercial Finance as appropriate.
  • Assisting with the preparation of annual Group and Team business planning and budgeting processes on IBM Cognos.
  • Assisting with the preparation of annual Group and Team business forecasting processes on IBM Cognos.
  • Working with Financial Reporting & Analysis Accountant on development of outstanding project deliverables on IBM Cognos.
  • Responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of IBM Cognos models.
  • Responsibility for and completion of quarterly, annual and ad-hoc surveys and renewals.
  • Working alongside Financial Accounting team with audit requirements.
  • Assisting Financial Reporting & Analysis Accountant on all aspects of firm wide projects as required.
  • Dealing with any ad-hoc finance enquiries and analysis.
Key skills and experience

Essential requirements:

  • AAT qualified or ACCA/CIMA part qualified or equivalent
  • Strong financial and commercial acumen
  • An appreciation of finance systems capabilities generally
  • Excellent business analysis skills
  • Advanced Excel knowledge
  • Comfortable working in a full and varied accounting role

Desired requirements:

  • Previous experience of working in a law firm or professional services organisation
  • Previous experience of working with IBM Cognos and/or Aderant Expert
  • Multi-office, multi-currency environment
Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment,  sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.