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Clifford Chance Moscow office is currently looking for a Management Accountant reporting to the Office Finance Head who will be involved in all the main Finance processes for Moscow.

Key Responsibilities

  • Timely and accurate accounting / reporting in the corporate system,
  • Ensure transactions are booked correctly by reviewing the supporting documents submitted for payment and raising issues with the requestors / Office Finance Head (OFH) / Chief accountant;
  • Coordinate with the local departments to proactively highlight and resolve issues or queries regarding planned transactions. Also, work with them to ensure timely approval for expenses to meet payment deadline
  • Ensure accurate accounting of fixed assets disposals and additions by collaborating with statutory AP accountant, Administration and IT manager
  • Conduct pre-close review of interoffice accounts to ensure there are no mis-postings in settlement transactions booked by the finance hub in Delhi and revaluation is run accurately
  • Prepare journal entries related to payroll accruals (unused vacation, bonuses, non-equity partners' remuneration); annual close-down process for equity partners' social security charges; sales of fixed assets; FX on currency conversions; FX on a client disbursement control account; annual retained earnings close-down adjustment; reclasses/adjustments if any misposting is identified; non-standard entries.

Management Reporting

  • Prepare weekly cash flow reports to highlight major risks around overdue debt or work-in-progress to help engage with respective partners
  • Prepare breach report for client money transactions, including investigation of the identified cases with the client receipt's team in Delhi
  • Review business development costs as well as transactions related to gifts and hospitality
  • Assist OFH with ad-hock management requests where data from the management system is required

Monthly/Quarterly reconciliation process

  • Conduct monthly reconciliation of all management accounts including preparation of a detailed documentation file
  • Prepare VAT reconciliation between the two systems to arrive at the adjustment entries which tie in management books and the local tax filing (including withholding VAT)
  • Analyse differences identified between the actual expenses and annual budget on monthly basis and highlight major deviations
  • Coordinate with the central finance team in Delhi for reconciling partners' accounts (in particular, accounts related to payroll taxes and their double-checking with the local accounting system)
  • Review the spreadsheets and workings prepared by the Delhi team for accuracy during the month-end process

Year-end close, Budgeting, Forecasting

  • Prepare annual pack (except for Working capital section and Tax balance), including communication with the Central Finance to confirm the disclosure requirements
  • Work along with the central finance team in Delhi to close partners' accounts
  • Data entry into Hyperion (both local as well as centrally defined such as global allocations, IT budget, ISC costs)
  • Prepare reports for meeting with partners

Support Payroll

  • Support outsourced payroll company to ensure that the journals uploaded from the local accounting system have been accurately downloaded into the corporate accounting system; manual correction of journals which cannot be automated in full
  • Advise the outsourced company in the coding and accounting treatment to be applied for the purpose of corporate accounting
  • Ensure headcount changes have been recorded accurately by the HR team
  • Initial review of the reconciliation prepared by the outsourced payroll company to ensure that the ending balances agree to the local system (including payroll taxes and settlements with employees);

Skills & Experience

  • Strong analytic skills, and attention to details.
  • University degree in finance, accounting, additional training in this area as an advantage
  • At least 5 years working experience on the similar position in international environment (preferably in a multi-national company or Big4);
  • Student or member of CIMA is an advantage;
  • Accounting experience in other areas is an advantage.
  • Competent written and verbal communication skills in Russian and English.
  • Proficiency in WinWord, Excel, Outlook and local accounting system 1S;
  • Good command of the Russian accounting and taxation rules and regulations;
  • Solid knowledge of IRFS;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • You will be a good team player, self-starter, and highly motivated, well-organized, hardworking;
  • You will be customer oriented with hands-on attitude to clients, reliable, attentive to details, able to solve problems under pressure, able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet strict deadlines

Client Focus

At Clifford Chance, we believe in bringing the client - both internal and external - to the centre of everything we do. To do this we need to understand, anticipate and fulfill the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit people who not only excel in their field but who are also client focused.
We are looking for people who:

  • can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to understand their clients' priorities;
  • are self-starters but also team players ready to help others and contribute to the overall success;
  • listen, question and deliver; and
  • are reliable and responsive, who can put the needs of the client first.

In short, we are looking for people who are motivated by client satisfaction and who strive to exceed the expectations of their clients.

Equal Opportunities
We believe in equality of opportunity for all job applicants and employees regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or origin, disability, creed or religion, sexual orientation or age.


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