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Cognos Systems Analyst (6 month Fixed Term Contract) (1900004Q)

Posted: 17 Jul 2019 Closes: 12 Nov 2019
Snow Hill Birmingham Two Snowhill Birmingham B4 6WR
Variable 1900004Q

Cognos Systems Analyst (6 month Fixed Term Contract) - (1900004Q)


About Gowling WLG

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Main purpose of role:

Accountable for

1. Providing expert knowledge, guidance and help in the continued support, running and development of the Cognos platform

2. Imparting and sharing knowledge and best practice with the R,P&A team and

3. Supporting in the development and successful implementation of firm-wide reporting and analysis

Direct reports: 0 Indirect reports: 0

Budgetary / financial responsibility:

No budget responsibilities

Key relationships:

· Internal – Senior Reporting, Planning & Analysis Manager, Commercial Directors (CDs), Reporting, Planning & Analysis team, System Accountant, Finance

· External – Suppliers for financial planning, budgeting and reporting systems and platforms, as well as business reporting platforms

Key responsibilities:

Team Management & Culture

· Provide expert knowledge and advice to the Reporting, Planning & Analysis team, striving to deliver outstanding results and service

· Share and impart knowledge to others within the R,P&A team so as to develop the team's overall skillset and knowledge

· Support and embed a culture of high performance and continuous improvement

Cognos Financial, Planning & Analysis

Working with the Senior Reporting, Planning & Analysis Manager, the R,P&A team and other key stakeholders:

· Carry out an audit and then develop a plan to develop and run the system / platform in line with industry best practice and ensuring stability, as well as exploiting the future capabilities of the platform balanced with gaining best value

· Help deliver, maintain and continually improve the Cognos system looking at all facets including budgeting, forecasting, month-end process (and reporting), KPI reporting, as well as other financial modelling / reporting which may include transactional level analysis

· Help deliver, maintain and continually improve the analytical tools to support finance and business-wide requirements

· Support and help operate the key finance and firm processes such as budget, forecasting and month-end

· Ensure that this covers all offices globally for the firm

Reporting & Analysis

Support in the development and successful implementation of firm-wide reporting and analysis that is straightforward, insightful, supports decision making and drives performance with 4 key areas in mind:

· Data - Establish, agree, document, control and maintain the structures, definitions, standards and governance of our financial and non-financial data firm wide

· Requirements - Understand, define and agree reporting and analysis requirements with key stakeholders across the firm

· Delivery incl. systems - Build a plan and then deliver reporting changes across the firm including any system changes or implementations

· Governance - Establish and maintain a governance framework and process agreed with the business, to agree and manage any changes to definitions, reports, standards and delivery

Continuous Improvement

· Regularly review and look for ways to improve the approach and processes to improve the service and insight provided to the firm


Key Skills and Experience:

Essential skills and experience

· Highly developed analytical and financial modelling skills

· Strong project management and planning skills

· Strong communication, with the ability to present complex financial data and concepts in a clear and concise way to non-finance professionals

· Expert knowledge of IBM Cognos end-to-end

Desired Requirements

· ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified

· Significant exposure to legal sector and professional services firms

· Strong problem solving skills and the ability to work under pressure in a fast paced and challenging environment

Equal Opportunities:

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.

Work Locations: Snow Hill Birmingham Two Snowhill Birmingham B4 6WR

Job: Finance

Organisation: Business Services

Schedule: Full-time

Employee status: Limited Term

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