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General Accountability

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Controller will be a dynamic, highly motivated and experienced financial leader. The Controller is responsible for directing, coordinating, and maintaining the finance and accounting function that properly reflects the financial position of the firm. The successful candidate will monitor department procedures and make recommendations for improvements. In consultation with the COO and Management Committee, the Controller will participate in driving operational efficiency strategies and identifying risks and investments.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. People Leadership
  • Recruit and develop employees.
  • Foster a positive work environment by setting and clarifying goals, building the commitment of individuals, strengthening the group’s collective skills and encouraging creativity and problem solving.
  1. Financial Leadership
  • Lead the Accounting team responsible for the full accounting cycle including A/P, A/R, collections, general ledger, and payroll.
  • Oversee all aspects of the accounting area and ensure the month close is completed accurately and within the monthly close cycle.
  • Prepare monthly and annual financial statements and various partnership and company tax returns.
  • Perform other accounting, financial, or administrative tasks as may be required from time to time, on short notice from Management.
  • Manage and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the accounting and billing processes.
  • Develop and manage financial reporting and identify opportunities to improve processes through automation, standardization, etc.
  • Create and present financial analyses to evaluate firm’s performance such as identifying and reporting on metrics that drive performance against strategic priorities.
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable laws and guidelines (e.g. Law Society rules).
  1. System Management
  • Maintain and continually enhance the firm’s accounting system (Elite).
  • In collaboration with HR, implement and maintain a new payroll/HRIS system (Ceridian).
  • Leverage systems capabilities to enhance operational processes and reports.
  1. Professional Development
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant legislation (e.g. tax), Law Society rules and regulations, banking requirements and other financial matters relating to the provision of legal services.

 Qualifications

  • CPA designation with three to five years’ experience managing an accounting department. Preference will be given to those with a professional services background.
  • Strong leadership and relationship management skills; open, approachable, and empathetic. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with lawyers, staff and other managers.
  • Meticulously detail-oriented and well-organized.
  • Proactive.  Seizes opportunities and acts upon them immediately. Takes responsibility for own actions and addresses problems before asked
  • Strong ability to analyze financial data, prepare accurate and timely reports and interpret financial results into meaningful insights.
  • Effective decision making and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects/duties.
  • Strong service and team orientation. Brings a “roll up the sleeves” approach to achieving results.
  • Sound knowledge of general accounting functions including GAAP/CPAC guidelines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Excel and Word. Experience with Elite Enterprise and SQL considered an asset.

 

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

 

General Accountability

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Collections Officer is responsible for coordinating the collections of accounts receivables from clients, following established firm procedures. Interacts daily with clients, lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants, members of the Accounting Department and other administrative staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Contact clients directly for payment of outstanding invoices by telephone and/or other communication channels, including in person.
  • Monitor and review accounts receivable reports to assess collections needs.
  • Review and resolve client accounts receivable issues including detailed account reconciliation as needed.
  • Act as a liaison to resolve client billing discrepancies.
  • Ensure lawyers and management are apprised of potential collection issues.
  • Provide status reports on collection activities and accounts receivable on a monthly basis.
  • Establish and manage the reminder notice process for all assigned accounts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ accounting and/or billing and collections experience, preferably in a law firm or other professional services organization. Post secondary education in accounting or business administration preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel. Knowledge of Elite Accounting software considered an asset.
  • Exceptional client service and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate persuasively, effectively, and professionally. Strong written communication skills are equally essential.
  • Solid organizational, analytical and time management skills, as well as the ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated ability to practically problem-solve, and exercise sound, independent judgment with minimal supervision.
  • Resourceful, detail-oriented and proactive.

 

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.