Working Capital Controller


Salary : AED25000 - AED25000
Location : Riyadh
Post Date :

Description :

Robert Half are working with a leading international legal practice with a global presence.

Role purpose

This role is responsible for working with Partners on all financial aspects of client-matter lifecycle and taking ownership of managing & controlling the office's working capital. Ensure that both partners & clients receive accurate and timely financial information.

Key relationships

  • Partners and senior support staff as well as & fee earning staff across the office
  • Middle East finance Team
  • Group Finance Team & Colleagues in other offices in the firm's network
  • Clients

Role and responsibilities

Client financial lifecycle

  • Responsible for all aspects of client billing and Debt Collection.
  • Involvement in the Client and Matter Inception work flow process, with oversight of completion.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Understanding of local and global client rate agreements, working with peers in other offices on global / regional client rate negotiations
  • Regular meetings with partners to review the working capital on their current matters.
  • Comprehensive follow-up of action items, such as time transfer, time write off, dispatch of billing guides, disbursements, queries etc.
  • Preparation & processing of bills, ensuring time & disbursements are accurately charged and allocated and the correct taxes are recorded on the bill.
  • Preparation of monthly billing forecast and profile accurate estimates for all matters & rigorous follow-up procedures.
  • Providing detailed financial information in support of bills, i.e. hourly schedules, disbursements and narrative breakdowns.
  • Preparation of client detailed billing schedules as requested.
  • Dealing with enquiries from clients, partners and fee earners relating to financial aspects of client matters.
  • Where required, keep partners and clients advised on a weekly basis of how fees are being accrued/debts.
  • Provide training to Legal PAs for bill & time narrative completion and support them going forward.
  • Liaise with Revenue Controllers across the network on cross unit matters and billing matters
  • Responsible for the Credit Control processes -liaising with Partners and Clients to ensure timely collections. Logging of all credit control activities & reporting to partners.
  • Deal with day-to-day queries from the Partners and other Support Teams across the company network.
  • Monitor and implement appropriate internal controls.
  • Responsibility for e-billing clients where required.
  • Deal with tax issues relating to working capital which will be cross border.
  • Management of bad debt provisions to minimise impact on the P&L.

Advisory role

  • Participate in pricing discussions and provide profitability modeling to partners.
  • Assist in the generation and analytical review of business trends, profitability analysis and other key working capital performance indicators.
  • Communicate effectively with the Partners and provide useful management information together with the ability to work with them to improve working capital and drive the business forward.
  • As an affiliate of the finance team, to contribute and be part of the network.
  • Work with other functions (i.e. Business Development/Marketing/HR) in respect of client reporting, monitoring, strategy, and developments.
  • Lead and involvement in ad hoc projects.

Key requirements

  • The ideal candidate will have strong commercial skills and may be a qualified finance professional looking for a commercial role within a professional services environment
  • Worked within the legal profession as a Revenue/Billing/Commercial Controller. If not, then experience in the professional services industry preferred - minimum of 3 years.
  • Ability to operate under pressure, to multi-task and prioritise.
  • Experience within a multi-currency environment within an International organisation an advantage.
  • Excellent communicator, with the skill to work with senior people and share advice.
  • Experience building and maintaining strong internal client relationships.
  • Strong team-player who is also self-motivated.
  • Enthusiastic, pro-active, persistent & robust person with a commitment to 'getting the job done'.
  • Aptitude for systems generally, willingness to follow process and learn new systems.
  • Excellent office skills required.
  • High level of proficiency in English and Arabic is a pre-requisite.

Salary

  • 25,000 SAR per month all in
  • Plus bonus, medical insurance and flights
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