Revenue Controller

Position/Type:
Legal Finance
Level:
Other
Location:
London
Job Term:
Permanent
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
Posted:
07/12/2017
Recruiter:
RPC
Job Ref:
Revenue Controller

Revenue Controller

Permanent

London

 

Before you meet us, get to know us

RPC is a modern, progressive and commercially-oriented City legal services business. From our offices in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore we provide advice to both UK and international clients.

 

What we do

•           Our practice spans a wide range of industry sectors and is broadly split into two discrete areas: insurance and corporates. Working on both contentious and non-contentious matters, our clients range from large multinationals to growth UK corporate firms and other professional practices, and include many household names.           Why we're different

•           We have a confident, accessible and enterprising approach that sets performance, service and value at the top of the agenda. Our goal is to do the usual things unusually well, make the complex simple and help our clients build better, stronger businesses.

•           Our success is built on the level of service we give to clients – delivering what they want, on time and in an easily accessible manner.

 

How we work

•           We're friendly and approachable, yet we're not afraid to give tough advice and few are more tenacious when it comes to securing the results you need. We ask questions that get straight to the point and listen because we're genuinely interested in our clients and their businesses. We understand how our clients work, the pressures they face, and the ambitions they have. And, of course, we love our work.

           

Where we work

•           We act for a large number of international clients with interests throughout the world. We have offices in both the UK and Asia and, as a founder-member of TerraLex – one of the world's largest legal networks ¬¬– we have strong links with law firms in over 100 jurisdictions allowing us to offer a seamless service to our clients across the globe.

Role overview

 

A key role in the London Finance department for an experienced Revenue Controller to provide front line support primarily to the London office (Tower Bridge House) (and where relevant Bristol, Temple Circus) in order to assist the practice group in managing their working capital efficiently, reducing the level of lockup and ensuring compliance with the Firm's billing processes and policies in order to maximise revenue. The role involves extensive collaboration with key stakeholders across the business. Involvement in a number of aspects of the billing cycle including WIP management, revenue control, bill production and reporting.

 

 

Key responsibilities

Revenue Control            Billing

•           Regular meetings with partners and lawyers and co-ordination of their portfolio, to include

•           Driving regular billing of matters

•           Taking responsibility for ensuring matters are billed as agreed at meetings

•           Ensuring aged WIP and problem matters are resolved

•           Acting as a business partner to reduce partners lock-up

•           Provide accurate advice on WIP management, billing procedures, queries, VAT issues, etc.

•           Compliance controls for recovery of WIP and disbursements at billing stage

•           Undertake relevant responsibilities for management of key accounts

 

 

Reporting

 

•           Revenue control reporting for partners on aged WIP, disbursements and debtors (in conjunction with Credit Control)

•           Regular detailed financial analysis of aged WIP for review with the lawyers and the Revenue Team Leader

•           Production of detailed reports in support of bills, including time detail and disbursements           •           Preparation and processing of bills ensuring that time and disbursements are allocated and charged correctly in accordance with agreed service standards

•           Maintenance of charge out rates on fee earner and client specific levels

•           Assistance with the preparation and distribution of billing guides to fee-earners and secretaries in accordance with agreed service standards

•           Editing of time entries and disbursements including write-offs

•           Cancellation of invoices and preparing credit notes where necessary

•           Recording of experts’ fee notes and other anticipated disbursements

•           Reconciliations and analysis of ledger accounts and billing history

•           Preparation of monthly/quarterly bills for large group/client billing schemes/key accounts

•           Manage compliance with e-billed clients requirements as necessary, including production of e-bills

•           Liaise with Credit Control on billing issues and queries through to prompt resolution

•           Liaise effectively with colleagues across all Offices to ensure a seamless service is provide to internal & external clients

•           Undertake ad hoc responsibilities as required by the Revenue Team Leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departmental structure

The Finance department comprises approx. 30 team members organised into four main teams – Reporting & Systems, Payroll, Working Capital and Cashiering & Accounts Payable, across the firm's 4 offices - each headed by a senior team leader or manager reporting to the Head of Finance.

There are 7 Insurance practice groups within the Insurance Division with over 140 lawyers and 5 Commercial practice groups with over 120 Lawyers

 

Knowledge, skills and experience

 

•           Minimum 2 years’ billing experience in a law firm

•           Knowledge of Solicitors Accounts Rules and VAT for law firms billing

•           Confident manner and personal impact to command the respect of partners

•           Ability to be pro-active

•           Flexible

•           Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines

•           Ability to work as part of a team

•           Ability to work unsupervised and on one’s own initiative

•           Good written and verbal communication skills

•           Highly PC literate with strong systems skills

 

 

Key objectives

 

•           Become a trusted consultant to internal clients through the delivery of accurate and timely results

 

•           Lead change in approaches to new systems and processes and adhere to Finance best practice

 

•           Be an ambassador for Finance's role and contribution to the firm's strategic goals

 

•           Wholeheartedly participate in and collaborate with both the Finance Department and the wider Business Services Departments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recruiting the best – our culture

The workplace culture we value

WHERE:

•           We trust each other to want to thrive; to care about and do the right thing for the firm and its clients; and be committed to our individual and colleagues' development and learning

•           As adults, we are capable of being responsible for our actions; behaviours; decisions; and impact on others

•           It is our personal responsibility to get timely and useful feedback and to use development pointers to guide performance improvement supported by others – including the People & Talent Development Team and Line Manager – through regular, quality conversations

•           We share ownership and accountability for performance: managers and peers are accountable to each other

•           Collegiality; approachability; inclusiveness and co-operation are key

•           We balance autonomy, support and challenge to grow

•           We are efficient and adopt a pragmatic, solution-focused approach        In practice this means…

AT RPC WE

•           Want to do great work, "wherever", "however" (at office, at home, at client)

•           Go the extra mile for clients and colleagues (in terms of output)

•           Contribute positively to life at RPC, with particular reference to finance, social life, behaviour, functional expertise and development

•           Nurture adult to adult relationships based on shared accountability

•           Care about our colleagues and the firm – and want everyone to succeed

AND OUR MANAGERS

•           Care about their people, treating everyone with dignity and respect

•           Work to create an inclusive environment in which people can thrive and develop (which sometimes means getting out of the way)

•           Make regular time for quality conversations that build stronger connections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate profile

You will be expected to display the attributes set out under the firm's CareerBuilder:

The How

Growth mindset

•           You know abilities and intelligence aren't fixed and that performance is based on hard work, continuous learning and focused effort

Solution focused

•           You see the problem, understand its significance, and get to the heart of the issue quickly and thoroughly

Resilient

•           You are proactive, show resolve and adapt to evolving situations

Pioneering spirit

•           You have an independent perspective. Generate, solicit and share new ideas, offer new solutions or ways of working and get involved in making changes and improvements, both for the firm and our clients

Emotionally savvy

•           You are keen to understanding how you come across to others through formal and informal feedback and you really 'get' people – what makes them tick, what excites them, what concerns them and you can use this to develop and build meaningful and open relationships

           

Collaborative

•           You work constructively wither others, share valuable resources, and help others excel by mentoring, supporting and coaching them to deliver success

The What

Technical

•           You are a highly skilled commercially minded lawyer

Client

•           You tailor your approach to every client and deliver a high quality legal service and timely solution that’s tailored for them

Brand, marketing and sales

•           You focus on developing your (our) practice area(s). You are passionate about our business and making it better for tomorrow

Business management

•           You manage you work effectively to maximise the success of the firm

People & Culture

•           You support, collaborate and contribute to the culture of the firm

 

 

 

 

Investing in you – our current benefits package

In additional to offering a competitive salary, the firm currently offers the benefits listed below. Of course, these may change from time-to-time. We will provide an interactive document for the successful candidate in our offer.

Key benefits

•           25 days of annual leave with the option to apply annually to flex by either buying or selling some of your entitlement (pro-rated for part-time employees)

•           Interest-free season ticket loan (following completion of probationary period)

•           Death-in-service

•           Group personal pension (via salary sacrifice)

•           Income protection

•           Discretionary bonuses

•           My Family Care

 

Wellness benefits

•           Private medical insurance (personal)

•           Confidential employee assistance programme

•           Health screenings

•           A range of sports and clubs

•           Yoga    Lifestyle benefits

•           Subsidised restaurant and coffee bar

•           Enhanced family leave

•           Access to a range of special firm discounts

•           Eye tests

•           Bike racks, lockers and shower rooms

•           Ride2Work

•           Childcare voucher scheme

•           Giving via payroll for tax-free donations to charity

•           Gymflex

A sample of internal/external networks we support

•           CityParents

•           LINK

•           Working Parents & Careers Network

•           30% Club

•           Diversity Role Models

•           Stonewall

•           Good Recruitment Charter, REC

 

 

 

 

Our recruitment process

At RPC we take recruitment seriously. We've designed our procedures to be simple, transparent and easy to engage with, so that ultimately we can all make the right decision.

 

We are committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you have any questions, or any adjustments to be made to the application process or interview process, please let us know or your representative.

 

If you are invited to attend an interview, you will usually meet two partners or some managers from your preferred practice area/department. You may also meet a member of the HR team at this stage. Only in this way can we and you judge whether there is a meeting of minds. If so we may proceed to a second interview and, in some cases, suggest that you meet your potential colleagues. After all, changing jobs is a big decision and we want you to be sure.

 

An important part of our recruitment process for lawyers includes the use of a psychometric test. Psychometric tests are timed exercises that look at your ability and potential. It adds to our understanding, but is not the sole basis of a decision as to whether you would be successful or not. The main assessment tool we use currently is a critical thinking test. We'll always let you know in advance what to expect from the process, and we'll provide you with feedback at every stage whether you're successful or not.

 

If we make you an offer and you accept, we will provide a supportive service via our HR team who will be on hand to discuss any matters which may arise, be it a convenient start date or transferring a pension scheme.

 

On joining, as well as introducing you to your new colleagues, you will attend a comprehensive induction course which deals with many of the questions which will arise during your first few weeks. Induction also includes IT training so everyone is familiar with our software systems.

Closing Date:
01/03/2018

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