The Law Society of NSW is Australia's largest and most influential membership association for solicitors. We're not all lawyers, but we work together to support the legal profession and ensure a just society for all.About the roleReporting to the Financial Controller, the Financial Accountant will play a key role in managing the financial affairs of the Law Society and the various other entities it administers. A primary focus of this Financial Accountant role with be to support the Finance team in its day-to-day operations, provide commentary on variance analysis, perform bank reconciliations, month-end & year-end accounting and supporting the Financial Controller in the Society’s current other administered entities. This role will also focus on ensuring a successful migration of the Law Society’s accounting platform.What you'll be doingPrepare month end close, including balance sheet reconciliations, bank reconciliations, and general journals for the Law Society.Provide insightful variance analysis on a monthly basis against budget.Assist with the preparation of monthly department management reports.Assist the Financial Controller to ensure the timely and accurate compilation of the Society’s annual statutory financial statements in accordance with relevant legislation, accounting standards and regulations.Assist in the preparation of annual financial statements of other entities administered by the Society, including but not limited to: Public Purpose Fund, Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund, Pro Bono Disbursement Trust Fund, Indigenous Solicitors Fund and AIJA.Liaise with external auditors in collating requested information during the annual audits across all entities the Society administers.General Ledger maintenance to ensure revenue transactions are captured accurately.Liaise with banks and other relevant stakeholders as required.Ensure the Law Society remains PCI DSS compliant.Responsibility for maintaining the Finance Team’s policy and procedural documents.Ensure that accounting standards and the Society’s internal financial policies are adhered to.Respond to financial queries and providing information as required.Proactively pursue financial process improvements and system enhancement initiatives.Support ad-hoc projects and improvement initiatives.Actively support the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Controller, and other stakeholders within the business with relevant financial information when required.About youBachelor’s degree in business, commerce or a related field.Professional accounting qualification (CA or CPA) or in progress is preferred.Minimum of 3 to 5 years accounting experience.Experience in a chartered or professional/financial services firm would be advantageous.Strong computer software skills, including advanced knowledge and use of Excel.Experience in using Oracle JD Edwards and Microsoft Business Central system or similar is preferred, but not necessary.System maintenance and enhancement skills utilising a major or mid-tier accounting application, including for reporting and analysis purposes.Advanced problem solving and analytical skills, including the ability to identify issues and suggest solutions.Excellent written and verbal communication skills.Technically adept with a strong attention to detail and data accuracy.Process and deadline driven, with sound priority management skills.Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills.A strong service mindset, with a focus on working with and assisting internal stakeholders.Strong commercial and business acumen.Ability to communicate with various levels of the business, with solid interpersonal skills.A desire to continually improve and grow within the organisation. To applyThe Law Society of New South Wales is committed to building and maintaining a respectful and inclusive workplace, appointing the best person for the role and supporting diversity. Applications should contain a CV and cover letter that outlines your key experience and motivations for this role. AUD Sydney 2000

Financial Accountant

  • Permanent full time position with flexible working environment
  • Join a high performing, friendly team
  • Located in the heart of Sydney's CBD (Martin Place)

The Law Society of NSW is Australia's largest and most influential membership association for solicitors. We're not all lawyers, but we work together to support the legal profession and ensure a just society for all.

About the role

Reporting to the Financial Controller, the Financial Accountant will play a key role in managing the financial affairs of the Law Society and the various other entities it administers. A primary focus of this Financial Accountant role with be to support the Finance team in its day-to-day operations, provide commentary on variance analysis, perform bank reconciliations, month-end & year-end accounting and supporting the Financial Controller in the Society’s current other administered entities. This role will also focus on ensuring a successful migration of the Law Society’s accounting platform.


What you'll be doing

  • Prepare month end close, including balance sheet reconciliations, bank reconciliations, and general journals for the Law Society.
  • Provide insightful variance analysis on a monthly basis against budget.
  • Assist with the preparation of monthly department management reports.
  • Assist the Financial Controller to ensure the timely and accurate compilation of the Society’s annual statutory financial statements in accordance with relevant legislation, accounting standards and regulations.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual financial statements of other entities administered by the Society, including but not limited to: Public Purpose Fund, Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund, Pro Bono Disbursement Trust Fund, Indigenous Solicitors Fund and AIJA.
  • Liaise with external auditors in collating requested information during the annual audits across all entities the Society administers.
  • General Ledger maintenance to ensure revenue transactions are captured accurately.
  • Liaise with banks and other relevant stakeholders as required.
  • Ensure the Law Society remains PCI DSS compliant.
  • Responsibility for maintaining the Finance Team’s policy and procedural documents.
  • Ensure that accounting standards and the Society’s internal financial policies are adhered to.
  • Respond to financial queries and providing information as required.
  • Proactively pursue financial process improvements and system enhancement initiatives.
  • Support ad-hoc projects and improvement initiatives.
  • Actively support the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Controller, and other stakeholders within the business with relevant financial information when required.


About you

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, commerce or a related field.
  • Professional accounting qualification (CA or CPA) or in progress is preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years accounting experience.
  • Experience in a chartered or professional/financial services firm would be advantageous.
  • Strong computer software skills, including advanced knowledge and use of Excel.
  • Experience in using Oracle JD Edwards and Microsoft Business Central system or similar is preferred, but not necessary.
  • System maintenance and enhancement skills utilising a major or mid-tier accounting application, including for reporting and analysis purposes.
  • Advanced problem solving and analytical skills, including the ability to identify issues and suggest solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Technically adept with a strong attention to detail and data accuracy.
  • Process and deadline driven, with sound priority management skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills.
  • A strong service mindset, with a focus on working with and assisting internal stakeholders.
  • Strong commercial and business acumen.
  • Ability to communicate with various levels of the business, with solid interpersonal skills.
  • A desire to continually improve and grow within the organisation.

 

To apply

The Law Society of New South Wales is committed to building and maintaining a respectful and inclusive workplace, appointing the best person for the role and supporting diversity. 

Applications should contain a CV and cover letter that outlines your key experience and motivations for this role.

  • Posted Date 08 Feb 2024
  • Location Sydney
    NSW / Australia
  • Industry Accounting
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Salary Not provided