Date posted: 25/08/2022

Location: Wellington

Work type: Full time

Role type: Manager

We are looking for a stand-out Finance Manager who acts as a true business partner to the AJ Park and IPH businesses. This position leads a highly capable team to deliver finance related services and contribute to the successful delivery of core operational and strategic objectives. 

This role is part of the centralised IPH finance shared services team and is responsible for all AJ Park management and statutory reporting, as well as leading and championing the roll out of all IPH finance-led initiatives.

Strong communication and leadership skills are a must, with the ability to work across different teams and engage various stakeholders.


Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing month-end close including management and review of journal preparation and processing, general ledger reconciliations etc
  • Responsible for accurate and timely monthly consolidated management reports with analytical commentary and insight
  • Liaising with external auditors to provide relevant information to meet reporting obligations and other requirements in a timely manner
  • Responsible for preparation and lodgement of quarterly and monthly BAS/IAS and assist Corporate with preparation of FBT, income tax return and statutory reporting obligations of the listed entity
  • Involvement in ad-hoc finance projects including guidance and recommendations for the application of account standards and taxation law applicable to the group
  • Act as a valued business partner to the Managing Director and leadership team, as well as partnering with the practice groups with preparation and performance against budget and forecast
  • Responsibility for the overall preparation of budgets and forecasts
  • Assist with the tracking and reporting of the employee incentive program
  • Manage the national finance operations which directly support the day-to-day management of the business unit including accounts payable, credit cards and accounts receivable/credit control
  • Development and implementation of key analytical reporting tools providing business intelligence on financial and business development trends/initiatives.
  • Develop and motivate the finance team to deliver continuous improvement in process and cost efficiencies whilst maintaining a high standard of quality, service, and reliability
  • Manage the efficiency and effectiveness of the team by setting goals and priorities in order to meet key finance related business and organisational objectives of the IPH Group
  • Ensure compliance with of IPH Group policies and procedures
  • Ensure correct and accurate accounting classification and reporting of all revenue and expenditure
  • Assist Corporate with maintaining the general ledger system in relation to mapping, subledger, integration and reconciliations
  • Responsible for cash flow forecasts to ensure adequacy to meet current and future business needs
  • Approve payments of local and overseas invoices including undertaking the purchase of foreign currency where necessary
  • Build strong relationships and partner with senior leaders across the Group to ensure timely and accurate reporting of progress towards key objectives
  • Communicate effectively to internal customers and incorporate feedback into processes, workflows and service delivery, where appropriate.


In order to be successful in this role you will have:

  • Proficient in a broad range of accounting principles and operational processes across multiple disciplines including financial and performance reporting, budgeting, forecasting and business analysis and support
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills across all levels of the organisation
  • Excellent time management skills and able to prioritise
  • Strong commitment to the provision of quality internal and external client service, striving to meet and exceed expectations and requirements of all stakeholders
  • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills and a strong attention to detail
  • Team player that is adaptable and able to lead the team through change and transformation projects
  • Degree in accounting with CPA/CA qualification with over 6 years of relevant experience in a similar role
  • Advanced excel skills and experience with large ERP systems, previous knowledge of Inprotech and/or Microsoft D365 (finance systems) an advantage
  • Professional services industry experience, an advantage
  • Experience of reporting into a corporate finance team, business transformation and project management skills, an advantage


What’s in it for you?

Being part of a dynamic and inclusive team where you will gain fantastic experience and career development. We are not your typical law firm – we dress for our day, have a flat structure and collegial vibe where bringing your whole self to work is at the heart of who we are. We offer competitive remuneration along with benefits as follows:

  • Great salary package
  • Medical insurance
  • Paid parental leave of up to 18 weeks plus 3 weeks partner leave
  • Leave purchase scheme (up to 2 weeks)
  • 1 day paid birthday leave
  • Structured wellness programme, including a paid Wellness Benefit
  • Hybrid working as standard
  • Structured professional development programmes
  • Social club
  • Fresh fruit delivered daily and weekly morning tea
  • Collaborative and inclusive culture


Who are we?

AJ Park is the IP Firm of choice in New Zealand and is part of the IPH Group of companies. We support our clients with intelligent action and are well respected both within the patent and trade mark profession and the clients we work with.

We offer a rewarding career, an inclusive community and team spirit and opportunities to develop technically and personally.

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