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Financial Analyst

DLA Piper
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
May 3, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The role

We are recruiting for a Financial Analyst to join the Middle East Finance team based in our Dubai office.

This is an important role within the firm's Finance team with responsibility for providing support to the Finance Manager and wider business, whilst assisting with developing and implementing improvements in the firm's accounting processes.

  • Liaising with Global Shared Service Centre (GSC) colleagues to oversee all aspects of accounts payable operations in line with the firm's policies and procedures, ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the firm's general ledger and accounts payable ledger
  • Process payments online on HSBCnet - approve, submit and monitor payments
  • Process vendor invoices in the firm's Concur system; enter vendor/employee payment information and code documents to the correct office and general ledger account code
  • Audit supporting documents to ensure proper approvals, G/L account coding, and payment support is included before disbursing cash
  • Co-ordinate with all banks, analysing and resolving problems relating to the payment process
  • Reconciliation of the general ledger, balance sheet, supplier and client accounts as required, with support from the GSC
  • Provide input relating to cash flow and bank reconciliations
  • Research and respond to enquiries (internal and external) regarding invoice/cheque status, as well as enquiries that require additional explanation or copies of supporting documentation;
  • Ability to check / guide third party transactions (DHA)
  • Oversee expense reimbursements and corporate card transactions, including monitoring the spend, tracking approvals and reconciling as required;
  • Management of the firm's petty cash, travel invoices and spend in these areas
  • Support the GSC with payments of professional disbursements and compliance with SRA Accounts Rules
  • Ability to handle inter-company recharges and approvals, ensuring timely posting and reconciliation
  • Ability to handle fixed asset - creating asset/ recording/ reconciliation
  • Ability to record monthly journals and corrections etc. if needed
  • Management of the firm's benefits administration, including reconciliation and recording of medical and life insurance, support on providing variance headcount reports, and monitoring and reconciliation of pension payments
  • Working with the GSC and central finance team, making suggestions for improvement of all shared services
  • Any other ad hoc duties as may be required

  • Accountancy degree
  • 3-5 years accounting experience
  • Strong preference for Middle East law firm experience, preferably multi-office
  • Experience with SAP Accounting Software
  • Strong knowledge of accounting principles and SRA Accounts Rules
  • Experience of maintaining confidentiality
  • Strong organisation, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in English
  • Advanced Excel skills including pivot tables
  • Able to organize audit and attend to auditors
  • Able to work well with individuals at all levels and a team player
  • Able to work independently and learn new tasks quickly, being able to multi-task
  • Must have a mature, proactive and flexible approach to work
  • Experience in dealing with a demanding workload and proven ability to prioritise

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:
  • Be Supportive - we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold - we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional - we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone's voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that's why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people - however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits and where relevant, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and work-related references.

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