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Conversion Accountant - 12 month FTC

Business Services
21000553 Requisition #

Are you looking for your next role in accounting within progressive legal firm?

About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.

About the Role

To support the group finance function in transitioning to a new finance platform. The role principally involves balance sheet data readiness project work and other ad hoc tasks.

Reporting to the Group Financial Accountant, you will: 

•    Supporting on various balance sheet projects as part of a major software implementation.
•    Working with group and local finance teams to resolve historic issues and substantiate legacy general ledger balances for legal entities particularly relating to intercompany.
•    Supporting the team as required on BAU tasks post mid-year systems transition.
•    Majorly contribute as required towards revamping working papers, balance sheet controls, processes, and existing financial models around the new software.
•    Liaising with global finance teams to ensure timely coordination of tasks.
•    Actively contribute towards the timely achievement of wider finance team deliverables and continuous improvement of internal processes.
•    Supporting the team as required, providing cover for team members in times of absence.
•    Gaining a full understanding of all procedures and systems in place – “roll sleeves up” and help the team when necessary.
•    Maintaining good relationships with other departments within the business.


About You


•    Prior experience in a group accounting role / balance sheet controls (essential)
•    Strong analytical and MS Excel skills (essential)
•    Good practical knowledge of FRS102 (essential)
•    Experience of Elite Enterprise / Elite 3E and SAP Business Objects (desirable)
•    Qualified Accountant – ICAS, ACA, ACCA, CIMA or Equivalent (essential)
•    Have a relevant degree in finance and accounting (2.1 preferred)

Key Competencies    
•    Good planning and organisational skills with the ability to operate independently.
•    Able to discuss and present issues in a confident, professional and appropriate way.
•    Good understanding of financial controls and practical application of policies.
•    Self-motivated with a flexible approach to workload, persevering to get the job done.
•    Disciplined working under pressure, a team player diligent and reliable in nature.
•    Hands-on and proactive with a positive “can do” approach.
•    Pride in producing high quality, accurate and timely information.
•    Well organised with determination to meet agreed deadlines.
•    Good communication skills and the ability to deal with non-finance related personnel.


Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.


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