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Finance Systems – Center of Excellence Manager

JR-2101 Requisition #

Job Overview    
Leading a team of senior business advisors, the Centre of Excellence (COE) manager is responsible for delivery of services provided by the COE. 
An established part of the One Finance Team, the COE collaborates with legal and business professional functions to ensure our finance systems are understood, fit for purpose, have a clear roadmap and support the firm's strategic objectives. 

The COE manager co-chairs the following Finance system forums:
•    Finance Systems Steering Group
•    One Finance Team – Systems Community
•    Finance Systems Change Board

The role is also responsible for the continued improvement of the COE services ensuring they remain aligned with the One Finance Team objectives and Firm Strategy

Who you will work with    

The role is highly collaborative working with the following Legal and business professional functions, specifically:
•    Senior Heads of Finance
•    Office Finance Heads
•    Local Finance teams
•    IT 
•    Senior Business Professional Leaders
•    Practice Area Managers
•    Auditors (internal and external)
•    External Vendors

What you will be responsible for    
•    Leadership of the COE team of expert business advisers 
•    Management of competing priorities to ensure services provided by the COE are delivered according to scope and timetable.
•    Monitoring and reviewing quality of service and efficiency of processes, identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing changes as required
•    Key stakeholder role in Finance System upgrades and change and transformation projects
•    Business approval of all finance system changes

What you will do    
•    As co-chair, lead and advise the Finance Systems Steering Group, to ensure all finance systems have a current road map (at least 5 years) and a clear and approved investment path.
•    Contribute to RFP's, project design, planning and implementation of new finance systems.  
•    Ensure appropriate communication plans are in place for major system/process changes
•    Ensure user acceptance testing is completed according to agreed KPI's (for both project and operational changes)
•    As co-chair of the Finance Systems Change Board, provide business approval for all finance system changes 
•    Ensure appropriate communication is provided for operational changes and/or system issues
•    As co-chair of the One Finance Team Systems Community, ensure the community delivers to agree quarterly objectives and remains in line with the community purpose
•    Ensure key system processes (e.g. Month end, budget cycles) are planned, executed and aligned with business requirements 
•    Ensure system support services are operating according to agreed KPI's
•    Escalation point for finance systems solutions and service issues.
•    Liaising and supporting internal and external auditors,  
•    Direct line manager for a medium size team of employees.

Your career experience so far    
•    Proven project management capabilities
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to discuss complex issues with a varied audience
•    Ideally has an in-depth knowledge of a global law firm (or professional services firm) finance processes and procedures, including legislative requirements.
•    Proven leadership of expert teams
•    Qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA), or appropriate business experience considered in lieu of formal qualifications
•    Understanding of accounting, financial related processes (GL, AP, FA, Inter-office, Billing and Cash management etc.) and ERP implementation and support.
•    Excellent  external and internal stakeholder relationship management.
•    Good working experience of working with and managing global teams
•    Ability to come up with new ideas, iterate and execute independently.
•    Good presentation skills with ability to compile credible facts and figures
•    Good analytical skills, should be comfortable with analysis tools e.g. PL/SQL 
•    Proven experience and understanding of ERP platforms, data structures and user interfaces
•    Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.•    .

How we will support you  

From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and development your skills and knowledge. From formal training, informal coaching and mentoring through to skills-based and technical training and on the job learning.

About the Firm



Whatever your area of expertise, you will find a range of career opportunities at Clifford Chance. And wherever you’re heading, Clifford Chance is where you can be true to your ambitions.



Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures and  languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective, and we offer our people a rewarding and stimulating career. 



We're proud of our approachable, friendly and team-based way of working. Highly professional and self-assured, with an entrepreneurial streak, our people are more than happy to share their expertise and knowledge.



Equal Opportunities    



At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society. 



We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.



Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. Find out more here

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