The Director of Financial Planning will report to the Chief Financial Officer and will be responsible for overseeing and directing the firm's internal financial reporting and analysis function. This is a highly visible role that includes frequent interaction with senior leaders, firm partners and other key internal stakeholders.
As a leader within the Finance team, this role’s overarching responsibilities include:
Leadership of Finance efforts in delivering relevant and insightful business analysis that enables effective decision-making and improves the firm’s overall performance.
Provide perspectives and expertise to maximize financial performance.
Oversee the development of reporting packages and financial dashboards.
Drives change management through process, systems and reporting improvements to provide more transparency and visibility into current and future financial results.
Manage the Finance department's portion of the attorney compensation processes with the objective of supporting the larger strategy of the firm.
Provide direction on implementation of industry reporting standards to help drive utilization, revenue, client quality and profit improvement at the firm, practice group, office and attorney level.
Leading and inspiring a team and actively promoting the mission, vision and values of the organization.
This position requires ability to work with all levels of firm management and across administrative groups with ability to build constructive and effective relationships with those inside and outside the organization. A proven ability to be focused, incisive, and to connect data analysis with business issues and decisions. Must have thorough understanding of IBM Cognos or similar business intelligence systems and experience with law firm practice management systems (i.e. Elite 3E, Aderant Expert, Rippe Kingston). In addition, this position requires advanced Excel and modeling skills, along with a solid understanding of relational databases and ability to communicate and work well with Technology personnel to implement changes and improvements.
The ideal candidate will possess the ability to work in an environment where there are a large number of stakeholders with specific needs and priorities. As well as, a demonstrated ability to facilitate change management with sensitivity to the Firm’s culture and inclusion of all levels of internal customers.
Requires a strong knowledge of finance and accounting principles. Demonstrated project management skills and proven track record of meeting deadlines while staying within budget constraints. Bachelor of Science in Business or Finance and 10 years of progressively responsible experience in financial management or equivalent. Experience in law firm or professional services environment strongly preferred MBA degree highly desirable.
With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie LLP represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from startups to FORTUNE 50 corporations.
At Perkins Coie, we are dedicated to our people and believe our employees are the heart and soul of the firm. We emphasize the importance of hiring, develo...ping and retaining high-quality individuals that are driven to make a positive impact at the firm. We are able to do this by creating and maintaining competitive programs while fostering a company culture that promotes diversity, respect, service, growth and recognition. We pride ourselves on providing opportunities to enhance our employees' skills, so that they may further their careers and achieve their goals. We look for individuals that are self-motivated, dedicated to providing value and superior services and, above all, people who have a high degree of integrity, professionalism and enthusiasm for their work. Our employees find challenging opportunities in a stimulating, supportive environment that encourages teamwork, fosters open communication and recognizes and rewards exceptional performance.
FIRM CULTURE AND OVERVIEW
We believe that diversity of thought and experience will enrich our dynamic work atmosphere. We have created a company culture that is based on collaboration, devotion to serving our clients and mutual respect. New employees are integrated into the firm through our extensive orientation, new user training and mentorship programs. We are committed to a fair and equitable workplace where each person is a valued member of the team.
Perkins Coie is highly rated for the quality of its client service. This strength stems from two key factors: a strong emphasis on service that starts at the top of the firm and permeates throughout, and an extremely collegial culture that emphasizes collaboration in support of client needs. We have been named as one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for 13 consecutive years!
Perkins Coie is frequently recognized for its leadership in the legal profession:
•Ranked #19 among the top 25 corporate law firms by NYSE Governance Services (2015)
•Ranked #42 on the American Lawyer 100 list (2015)
•Listed on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 consecutive years (2003 - 2015); ranked by FORTUNE as third best female-friendly company in U.S. (2015)
•Ranked as a leading firm in Chambers USA with 131 attorneys listed in key markets across the country. The firm received Band 1 rankings (2015) in 20 practice areas.
•207 lawyers named among the "Best Lawyers in America" (2014)
•Ranked among the "Top 50 Best U.S. Law Firms for Minorities" – Law360 (2015)
•Earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index (2009 - 2015)
•Gold Standard Certificate from Women in Law Empowerment Forum (2011 - 2014)
•Honored by Working Mother and Flex Time Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" (2008, 2009, 2011 - 2013)
•Named one of 50 recipients in the 2013 AA RP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award, co-sponsored by Society for Human Resource Management
•Ranked # 49 by Law360 among the "100 Best U.S. Law Firms for Minority Attorneys" (2015)