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Senior Reporting, Planning & Analysis Manager (1900004O)

Posted: 15 Jul 2019 Closes: 22 Mar 2020
Snow Hill Birmingham Two Snowhill Birmingham B4 6WR
Variable 1900004O

Senior Reporting, Planning & Analysis Manager - (1900004O)


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

Main purpose of role: Accountable for 1. Establishing, managing and evolving the firm's financial planning process, 2. Supporting senior management in developing and achieving the firm's strategic plan and 3. The development and delivery of the Firm's reporting and analysis capability including dashboards, BI, analytical tools and Cognos

Direct reports: 4 Indirect reports: 1

Budgetary / financial responsibility:

Budget responsibility for the financial planning / budgeting systems and reporting systems.

Responsible for the firm's financial planning and budgeting process spanning across all UK and International offices.

Key relationships:

· Internal – Commercial Directors (CDs), COO / FD, Business Service Directors (BSDs), legal groups, Finance, Business Services

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

Key responsibilities:

Team Management & Culture

· Provide direction and day-to-day management of the Reporting, Planning & Analysis team, striving to deliver outstanding results and service

· Actively manage performance, development and career paths of individuals within the team

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

Strategic Business Planning

Working with senior management (e.g. CDs, COO / FD, PGLs, BSDs):

· Own the development and successful implementation of the strategic planning process across all UK and International offices as well as the planning window e.g. 3 – 5 years

· Agree and manage the process for review and sign-off during budgets & forecasts as well as the key metrics by which we measure progress and agree those budgets / forecasts

· Establish balanced performance management metrics to support PGLs and Business Services Directors at quarterly performance reviews and other appropriate meetings with CEO and FD

· Become a critical partner in developing and driving the agreed strategy, ensuring this is reflected in individual team business plans and budgets

Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting

· Own the development and management of the financial planning, budgeting and forecasting process aligned with the firm's strategic plan across all UK and International offices including:

o Top-down guidance vs. bottom-up build as well as the challenge and sign-off process

o Timelines, timetables and constraints

o Metrics by which the firm judges acceptance and monitors progress and the outputs and analytical approach to allow key stakeholders to understand, assess and challenge performance and ultimately sign off the budget / forecast

o Preparation of high-level budget analysis and summaries to agree and ensure budget sign-off as appropriate

o Sufficient frequency of forecasts for current financial year to ensure an accurate assessment of business performance and a "no surprises" environment

· Own the development and management of the detailed on-going quarterly review process:

o For legal groups and business services teams across the UK and International offices

o Allowing the CEO and FD to assess and challenge progress against budget / forecast

o Including the outputs / material used for those reviews to drive insight, consistency and allow for assess and challenge progress against budget / forecast

· Own, 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

Reporting & Analysis

Own 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


Role specific knowledge:

Essential skills and experience

· ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified

· Highly developed commercial acumen

· 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

· Strong influencing skills, able to persuade and influence challenging colleagues and partners

· Use of, and have a good working knowledge of IBM Cognos (or similar planning, budgeting and/or forecasting software tools)

Desired Requirements

· Significant exposure to legal sector and professional services firms

· Strong management skills and ability to develop finance and accounting staff

· 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.

Standard hours of work are 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday with 1 hour for lunch (35 hours per week).

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

Job: Finance

Organisation: Business Services

Schedule: Full-time

Employee status: Regular

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