Marks Sattin are delighted to be partnering with a leading legal business to help appoint a Financial Controller. The Financial Controller for the Hong Kong region will be responsible to lead the local finance team and support all practice groups and business functions in the Hong Kong office. Role Overview: You will be responsible for guiding and leading the Hong Kong Finance function Success in the role derives from being able to influence the development and implementation of all financial aspects of strategy, planning, financial management, business management, business development and people development. The role is to overall supervise the statutory compliance in HK office and ensure the integrity of financial information.
The role will be responsible for leading and managing a team of 5 Advisors and 2 Assistants based in Hong Kong. The finance function is also supported by two shared service centres. The role is to give a good education and influence to the whole office (including partners, fee earners, secretaries, business teams) on financial discipline and good working practice. Key responsibilities: Full accountability for quality of all services rendered by finance within the office including matter management, credit control, financial reporting, AP and payroll, tax filing, banking, treasury and cash management.
Improvement of internal control and compliance within the office by developing and enforcing policies and procedures to ensure a good financial hygiene, to safeguard the assets of the firm, and to manage any financial and/or operational risks. Improve business efficiency within the function and the practice. Lead the team to set best practice across each practice. Driving the financial performance through proactively providing and analysing management information, identifying any issues in the business, developing options and implementing solutions to improve performance.
Be the key financial advisor to the partners and management of the office, develop partners’ understanding of financial issues and encourage them to take financial responsibility. Inform and improve their financial decision making. Provision and interpretation of financial management information, variance and profitability analyses to interested parties in your office and propose changes when necessary. Lead annual budget process by giving guidance and support to advisors on the budget of each practice group.
Help the practice groups to understand the financial key drivers and how it relates to business assumptions. Support the strategic decisions and initiatives of the office and practice groups from finance perspective, which includes financial modelling and analysis, financial risk assessment, change related financial policies and procedures, monitor the process and measure the achievement. Proactively identify any business improvement opportunities from finance perspective, give the advice and proposal to the senior management, and drive the changes when appropriate. Skills Required: ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified Accountant Experience managing a sizeable finance team Strong leadership Experience of working directly with senior management in a commercial organisation.
Professional firm (law, accounting, consulting) experience is beneficial Fluency in Cantonese or Mandarin is extremely desirable