Legal & Finance
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Recruitment within the legal and finance sectors requires a specialist set of skills, an understanding of the lingo and an eye for spotting true talent. Which is why we’ve successfully partnered with some of the UK’s finest finance professionals and legal eagles with some of the biggest brands.
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We know that legal departments and finance teams are one of the core functions of a winning business. There’s little room for error and an organised approach is essential. So we apply that philosophy to our legal and finance recruitment process.
We’ve worked alongside legal firms, in-house finance departments and large professional accounting teams to ensure the right people are in position to keep everything working as it should be.
Our consultants have years of professional experience working in legal and finance, so we understand these sectors and the language you talk.
For firms, that means:
- We understand the characteristics and skills required for legal and finance roles at all levels, so we can identify candidates who will deliver results
- We understand the unique challenges faced by firms in these sectors. With expertise helping Magic Circle and the ‘Big 5’ accountancy firms, plus new local businesses bristling with innovative digital ideas.
- We understand a changing market, so we’re ready to find the talent that keeps moving with the times.
For candidates, that means:
- We take the time to understand how to help you take the next step on your chosen career path.
- We work with you to understand the best working environments for you dependant on your skills and personality.
- We have links to some of the biggest employers in the legal and finance sectors, opening up plenty of exciting new opportunities.
Latest Legal & Finance Jobs
In Demand Legal & Finance Job Roles
- Finance Director
- Head of Finance
- Group Financial Controller
- Financial Controller
- Divisional Financial Controller
- Finance Manager
- Financial Accountant
- Finance Executive
- Financial Analyst
- Risk Manager
- Financial Project Manager
- Revenue Manager
- Purchasing Manager
- Purchase Ledger
- Billing & Collections Manager
- Credit Controller
- Head of Legal
- Senior Partner
- Legal Secretary
- Legal researcher
- Fee Earner
- Claims Manager
- Claims Handlers
- Case Worker
- Licensed Conveyancer
Legal & Finance Sector Insights
What is the state of play in the sector?
Whist legal and financial are evidently two distinct sectors. The seismic challenges faced by both sectors are comparable. Tesco law has seen a separation in the role of the legal expert with household family firms becoming a distant memory and the merger of local regional players.
This transformation has meant that game changing experts have become the commodity of success. Whilst Insurance and claims business entering the legal arena look for smart sales orientated go getters, who want to grow a career and be rewarded for performance. At the same time the demand for consummate advocators and litigators experts has never been higher.
The financial arena is also undergoing a radical change. The digital age has seen the remote low-cost high-quality service begin to grab the market by the abacus. The age of the stereo typically accountant, a man of few words and a calculator has ended, now our most successful clients want highflyers that are too sexy for their calculators. They demand engaging leaders who are client facing, brand ambassadors and have the ability and energy to go all the way.
What are the biggest things impacting recruitment in these sectors at the moment?
Of course, there’s no actual shortage of skills within the legal and finance sectors, though finding the RIGHT skills is an ongoing challenge for financial and legal firms. Business are in need ot those who fully understand legal and accounting processes, PLUS have the advanced skills to keep up with emerging technology and software systems. This makes the recruitment process that bit tougher, as traditional legal and finance professionals don’t always hold these very crucial additional skills. In a 2016 survey by Peak 10, it was unveiled that more than three-quarters (76%) of financial institutions had created new IT roles in recent years, though half stated they were finding it either "difficult" or "very difficult" to find the right candidates for the role.
Retaining Top Talent
Bringing on board your next big hitter in the legal or finance team is just the beginning. Keeping them happy, rewarded and motivated is a whole other hurdle. Legal and finance professionals have a specialist set of skills, so they know their value. Treat them well, and they’ll remain loyal on a long term basis. Treat them like a number, and they’ll happily move on to a more promising proposition.
In such as key environment as law, HR and finance, it’s more crucial than ever to keep your number crunchers and legal minds happy. Which is why we offer a full retention strategy as part of our recruitment process. Because sometimes, it takes much more than a corner office and a dress down Friday to keep great talent coming back every day.
That said, the legal and finance sectors have had to face a slightly poor rep in recent times. Long hours, stressful targets and demanding roles don’t always excite those just getting started in the sector. So there needs to be a blend between professional progression and job satisfaction to entice those believing the hype that this sector has lost its sense of fun. Accountants are fun. Just in their own unique and perfectly balanced way.
Mixing With Millennials
According to the Workplace Culture report from LinkedIn, 86% of millennials would take a pay cut in order to work for a company whose values are in tune with theirs. (By comparison, only 9% of baby boomers would do the same.)
Those just getting started on a career in legal or finance are ready to be mouded, coached, developed and shaped… and they’re ready to work hard in order to progress. By widening the net to make roles appealing to the next generation, brands are able to lose the formal, fusty approach that just doesn’t make millennials tick. After all, the next gen are the future of a business… so you’ll want to keep a firm hold of the rising stars.
What skills are in demand?
As with any role, enthusiasm is a key component that clients yearn for. The ability to bring a positive mental attitude to be a real leader of a team and truly believe in what you are working towards is crucial. Passion is infectious; you become a business architect shaping the building blocks of your company’s future.
The keystone of any industry success is clear communication, from the biblical tale of the Tower of Babel, lack of communication is the enemy of achieving your dreams. Consummate professionals need to convey complex information in the most straightforward way possible, to understand and be understood.
Expertise & Understanding
It is imperative that today’s candidate understand their market sector. Understanding new information and intricate data, it is not enough to crunch the numbers or know the law without commercial context, but you must be a true project manager; you’re a brand ambassador able to advise your clients on their commercial or legal journeys.
Whilst many hard skills should be a given, commercial awareness is the cornerstone of success. You must possess the ability to instantly spot opportunities to win. The expertise and knowledge of how and where your expertise fits in its market – the socio-political economic factures that drive your market or as an advocator the knowledge of the precedence and case law that can guide your clients through a commercial mine field.
The law and accountancy has been around since the dawn of time, from the logistic accountancy of the Great pyramids and the justice of the ancient Greeks to the double entry book keeping of the renaissance No enterprise can be a success without a control and methodology applied to the budgets and numbers and a clear understanding of the legal framework An Innovator is required to understanding an evolving and changing business markets, our top clients require candidates with bold new ideas –able to impact on their personal development ,their company growth and their market
What do the next few years look like?
The rise of the millennia is changing the face of the workplace and the employment market. The World Data Lab forecast that the global spending power of millennial will be more than any other generation previously.
So how will his new generation impact the market? Millennials will examine you and your firm’s digital footprint. They value and crave flexibility; they embrace remote working and see less value in physical face time. Never has feedback values and culture been as important in the workplace. The millennial has confidence and self-worth, they like platforms where they can assess and see the “why” behind your decisions.
The business community is now on-line for everyone to see. However, it’s not just the mainstream social media sites like LinkedIn Facebook and twitter, but the industry specialist forums where you can showcase your personal skills and USPs to a highly targeted audience.
The explosion of data means that small law firms and accountants can compete with the big boys. You don’t need a plethora of associates to painstakingly screen data, with products like eDiscovery, you can remove the wheat from the chaff and achieve your client’s goals efficiently and expediently.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) allows computers to perform tasks more efficiently and economically than admin associates. The importance of AI in the financial and legal sectors cannot be underestimated, whilst at the lower level this will mean the loss of none earning administration. The high-flying firms of tomorrow will be lean and efficient, and the superstars will be data and technological astute with a broad skill set.
What advice would you give to those looking for a role in these sectors?
Contact our Legal & Finance specialist consultants on 01204 589555 today!
What Some Of Our Legal & Finance Clients Say
The People Pod have been outstanding from the outset and very quickly and efficiently found the perfect company for me, where I see myself in a long term future..
I’ve never used a recruitment agency before but thankfully found The People Pod and what an experience it was! I received amazing service with a friendly approach and felt they really took the time to understand my needs and made the whole process very engaging. They ensured I was prepared and kept in continual contact with me throughout. Their passion and enthusiasm was exceptional and I can’t recommend People Pod enough, they played a huge part in finding me a job I can say “I love”.
Mark called me following my application for a role and we talked through via Skype which is great modern way of a face to face in this day and age. He was thorough, very professional in a reassuring way and managed me through the whole process. I was nervous about handing me my notice but he supported me through this too with great advice and experience.
Ultimately he landed me a dream job, and I thank Mark personally and The People Pod who are amazing at what they do.
I had a great experience from start to finish with the People Pod Team, they were so helpful and really knew their stuff inside out. They were constantly in contact keeping me updated every step of the way and also helped prep me for any interviews and directed what to research to be completely ready for interviews. Super friendly and supportive which made it a lot less stressful and have now got me into a dream job with lots of opportunity. Honestly can't thank and recommend them enough!
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