Senior Finance Manager/ Controller

Job Title: Senior Finance Manager/ Controller
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hong Kong
Reference: AF/SFM/1000
Contact Name: Aily Foo
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 12, 2019 16:13

Job Description

  • International Law Firm
  • Strategy and Finance Leadership
  • Commercial finance role

Our client, an international law firm is looking for a Senior Manager to join their Finance team. The role will manage a team of controllers who are based in Hong Kong and China and report to the CFO.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide commercial advice and develop solutions for possible enhancements to reduce lock up days and improve matter and client profitability
  • Ownership of the monthly billing and collection forecasts prepared by the team
  • Oversee and monitor the effectiveness of the end to end matter and client financial lifecycle and initiate improvements to enhance the quality of service and seek efficiencies
  • Review billing write offs, unbilled disbursements account balances and disbursements written off on a monthly basis and investigate any significant movements and report to management
  • Advise on billing & collection technical tax related matters – often cross border – seek assistance or advice from others
  • Review bad debt provision and agree next steps
  • Manage the annual audit process and anything related that is necessary for local fiscal year end processes.
  • Managing rates and working with partners to ensure the matters are set up correctly and the client finance related requirements are fully understood by reviewing the client contracts
  • Liaising with the lead relationship partners to ensure that rate agreements are reviewed in a timely manner offering assistance and information which may assist in client rate negotiations
  • Providing detailed financial information in support of bills, i.e. hourly schedules, disbursements and narrative breakdowns
  • Liaise with Revenue Controllers across the network on cross unit matters and billing matters
  • Using and promoting the Pricing and Profitability Models, providing appropriate support and assistance to partners and finance manager on pricing of matters and reporting on matter profitability
  • Comprehensive follow-up of action items, such as time transfer, time write off, dispatch of billing guides, disbursements, queries etc.
  • Dealing with enquiries from clients, partners and fee earners relating to financial aspects of client matters. 
  • Provide financial/commercial training to fee earner groups
  • Develop close relationships with BD teams across the network and provide financial support.

Key Requirements

  • Degree holder
  • Qualified accountant
  • At least 8 years’ experience in legal industry with 3 years supervisory experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in English and Mandarin/Cantonese

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