Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy is a leading international legal practice with a truly global presence. The firm operates at the forefront of the legal industry.
Our deals and cases often make headline business news. With many of our partners acknowledged as leaders in their field, and with all our people demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism, we have a reputation for delivering excellence in all that we do.
We have developed a culture in which difference is positively valued, and our people are free to be themselves. We are in every sense one global team;
supportive and collaborative, but also ambitious and driven. Our capacity to combine these qualities and provide a setting in which our people can thrive is what makes us different.
The role is to support the finance team on all internal and external financial accounting, reporting, tax and audit matters of Hong Kong office.
This role is suitable for a hands-on and high-achieving candidate with strong audit and financial accounting experience.
Preparation of the month-end journal entries, review of trial balance, month-end balance sheet reconciliations and other month-end reports;
Assist in group and local statutory audits i.e. reviewing and preparing schedules for audit enquires; preparing year-end adjustments;
Assist in corporate and partner’s tax filing for Hong Kong office;
Work with CFO and Finance Manager in annual budget preparation and liaise with head of departments on their review of the forecast and budget;
Preparation of Cash Forecast and monitoring the office treasury functions. Promptly communicate with UK Treasury Team to ensure surplus of cash / request for funding are organised to meet the office requirements;
Assist in preparation of monthly budget holder reports and provide commentaries on variances;
Ensure Hong Kong office’s accounting functions are in compliance with the Hong Kong SAR and UK SRA Accounts Rules;
Review and update of the AP and bank authorisation matrix to ensure segregation of duties is established;
Working with the CFO and Finance Manager to ensure that there are effective and efficient financial processes and control in place to support the firm’s financial operations;
Provide support and supervision to the AP team;
Preparation of ad-hoc financial reporting on a needed basis.
Skills and personal attributes
Knowledge of Hong Kong tax system and audit standards
Familiar with the Hong Kong SAR and UK SRA Accounts Rules
Strong technical skills in financial accounting
Good verbal and written English and Chinese communication and interpersonal skills to interact with lawyers and members of the Finance Support and other Business Support functions effectively
Strong team spirit and a role model for the AP team
Able to work independently, positive working attitude and maintain high quality and accuracy
Flexible and ability to handle multiple priorities, willing to assist the team and firm at peak times
Good organisational and time management skills; able to deal with urgent requests and meet deadlines
Diligent and able to pay close attention to detail
Qualifications and experience
Professional qualification from a recognised accountancy body;
Strong understanding of general ledger, accounting and finance functions;
Intermediate to advanced level in Excel, Word and Outlook;
Working experience in a global firm with exposure to multi-currency environment is an advantage;
Working experience in the legal sector / professional services field is an advantage;
Experience of using Elite 3E software is an advantage.
Senior Accountant Allen & Overy