This is a senior finance role. The primary purpose of this position is to manage the Singapore and Thailand offices’ finance department and to focus on five core areas:
- Treasury and cash management
- Financial and tax statutory compliance and reporting
- Working capital management
- Month and year end activities.
- Finance best practice.
Based in Singapore with responsibility for managing the Singapore based finance function which is responsible for all group entities in Singapore and Thailand, as well as any other office(s) which the Firm may open in the region. Close liaison with APAC offices and UK Senior Finance Managers is essential.
This is a strategic, yet hands on, role which drives the planning and day-to-day delivery of the Firm’s Singapore and Thailand finance service.
- Reporting to the Singapore Managing Partners with a dotted line to the Global Finance Director with whom regular and continual communication is essential.
- Manage daily spectrum of financial accounting and month end activities.
- Manage and monitor the daily treasury function and cash management activities.
- Work with partners to ensure that working capital is managed effectively and efficiently with minimal delays in billing and collection.
- Ensure the whole cashflow process is effectively managed by forecasting cash flow, identifying pinch points, being aware of large outstanding bills and client payment timeframes, resulting in a constant stable of cash in the Office account. Reporting cashflow to Singapore Joint Managing Partners and global treasury team.
- Manage the banking facilities alongside the Joint Managing Partners and in consultation with the global treasury team.
- Ensure compliance with financial global policies and maintain good internal control systems and operational processes for audit review.
- Manage the year-end audit and reviews.
- Manage the reporting functions and liaise with external auditors, tax authorities etc in meeting the statutory and professional requirements, predominately during the SAR audit and Year End audit.
- Manage, prepare and submit all necessary statutory returns, including, but not limited to, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns, Annual Employer’s Return of Remuneration and IRA8s, ensuring submissions are made accurately and within the timeframes of the applicable bodies and jurisdictions.
- Provide leadership to the Singapore and Thai finance teams ensuring that service level agreements and finance standards are met and that the team continuously look to improve ways of working.
- Manage the Office and Client accounts, ensuring reconciliations are performed correctly with any discrepancies identified and rectified quickly.
- Work with the Financial Reporting Manager (London) regarding inter-company reconciliation.
- Work alongside HR to prepare and accurately calculate and reconcile the monthly payroll and CPF contributions for staff and partners and submit the CPF contributions.
- Liaise with the Global Finance team to produce, prepare and analyse balance sheets, Profit and Loss audit schedules, management reports, yearly financial statements and any other management reports required.
- Work with the Joint Managing partners to prepare the yearly budgets in accordance with the global timetables.
- Manage and ensure all records held by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) are accurate, up to date and maintained.
- Ensure that credit control processes operate effectively and that collection issues are resolved rapidly.
- Keep up to date with new legislation and legal requirements.
THE PERSON – KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Previous financial experience in a professional services or partnership environment of a medium to large global firm
- Experience of responsibility for multiple entities over multiple jurisdictions/countries
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent English skills (written and spoken)
- The gravitas to influence at Partner level and ability to challenge thinking
- Flexible and adaptable, comfortable with change
- Good persuader and confident presentation skills
- Excellent business writing and communication styles, adaptable to various situations
- Business benefit and results focused
- Forward thinker
- Service delivery focused
- Strategic and pragmatic; committed to ‘trusted adviser’ status
- Highly organised and able to prioritise workloads, manage multiple projects and negotiate deadlines
- Self-starter, comfortable working in a non-directive environment
- Comfortable working often to short deadlines
- Enthusiastic and optimistic attitude; commitment to profitable growth by Kennedys.
- Adhere to Kennedys core values through working relationships, attitude and behaviour.
- Experience of using elite 3e
- Law firm experience
- Excellent Mandarin skills (written and spoken).
Kennedys is a global law firm with expertise in dispute resolution and advisory services. With over 2,000 people worldwide across 38 offices in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and America we have some of the most respected legal minds in their field.
Our lawyers handle both contentious and non-contentious matters, and provide a range of specialist legal services, for many industry sectors but we have particular expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, especially in defending insurance and liability claims.
We’re a fresh-thinking firm, and we’re not afraid to bring challenging new perspectives to the table way beyond the traditional realm of legal services. We empower our clients with a diverse range of ideas, tools and technology to make their lives easier, as well as delivering exceptional results, every time.
What do we have to offer?
We welcome high-performing lawyers, business services professionals, secretaries, graduates and apprentices to join our rapidly expanding global firm. Whatever your role at Kennedys, you’ll be involved in exciting and stimulating work, where your input will make a difference.
Our culture and values form a big part of who we are and we take them seriously. We make a difference by being approachable, straightforward, supportive and distinctive. Our values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work with and for.
We develop careers in an innovative and collaborative global environment, with our values at the core. We believe that supporting individual growth and development puts us in the best position to attract and retain talented individuals. Regardless of role or level, everyone has access to virtual learning to help you develop your skills, wherever you are in the world. A variety of other exciting opportunities are available including secondments to clients and our global offices as well as a comprehensive benefits package (details are available upon request).
We’ve created a culture based on client service, professional excellence, hard work and trust. We deeply value the relationships we build with our clients and we know that they value our warm, friendly human approach. We are here to provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics.
Kennedys is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to ensuring our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. We expect all employees to be aware of and comply with all relevant policies and procedures within their jurisdiction, including those relating to Information Security, Data Protection and Quality Management, refer any breach promptly to Risk & Compliance and to complete all mandatory training when requested.Download