Financial Systems Assistant

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Finance
Location: Basingstoke
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, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 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 able to assist in the development and implementation of new, innovative and efficient financial systems and reporting for the firm; working with the Financial Systems Accountant and Financial Reporting Analyst to deliver financial technology projects in-house.

Main Responsibilities

  • To assist with devising new financial reporting methods to enable efficient management reporting across the firm.
  • To assist with reporting from various sources, including Elite Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
  • To assist with month-end routines where requested.
  • To assist with making technical improvements or changes to make reporting quicker, more efficient and easy to use.
  • To assist with reviewing and documenting financial system processes and procedures and those of the firm.
  • To assist with identifying and implementing improvements to business processes.
  • Attending departmental meetings when required and making recommendations.
  • To assist within the department or any other duties as reasonably required.
  • To undertake any specific training when required to do so and overall having a responsibility towards self-development.
Essential and desirable criteria
  • IT literate with excellent knowledge of Excel and T-SQL/SQL Server Management Studio. 
  • Proven accuracy and used to paying attention to detail.
  • Able to work under pressure and prioritise accordingly to meet the deadlines and reporting needs of the firm.
  • A good telephone manner and the ability to liaise with staff across different departments.