We are recruiting for a Commercial Business Partner to join our Finance team in Bristol. This is a new and exciting role which brings the opportunity to be part of a growing commercial business partnering function. Key to the delivery of the firm’s profitability and pricing strategies, this role is an opportunity to have a real influence on the business.

You will be a true partner, building close relationships with senior management in order to gain a strong fundamental understanding of operations, analysing and modelling to identify opportunities, working with management to build plans to capitalise on these, and being a key part of delivery within a cross functional team.


Your Role

As a Commercial Business Partner your day to day remit includes:

Performance Improvement: fee-earning group

  • Builds strong relationships with all partners of assigned fee-earning group and leverages these relationships to deliver commercial benefit
  • Through analysis and discussion identifies areas of the fee-earning group where profit improvement activities are required, and builds buy in from senior stakeholders to solve these challenges
  • Builds profitability improvement plans with the responsible partners
  • Initiates and takes a lead on delivery on these profit improvement initiatives, working with a cross functional team
  • Supports team leaders in presenting profit improvement plans and analysis to the Operations Board were required
  • Builds financial literacy of fee earners through effective coaching where required
  • Combines financial analysis with a strong knowledge of the business to create clarity on financial performance which drives profitability improving action
  • Challenges and engages senior stakeholders to deliver performance against budget and performance improvement plans
  • Drives a focus on working capital improvement
  • Plays an active part in assigned fee-earning group’s management meetings
  • Ad hoc reporting and analysis


  • Takes a lead on the creation of pricing proposals, including adopting novel solutions to meet client needs while delivering improved profitability for the firm
  • Presents pricing proposals to the pricing governance board
  • Drives improvement in pricing practices through a lessons learnt framework
  • Ensures pricing lessons and approaches from across the firm are leveraged within assigned fee-earning group

Performance Improvement – Finance Operations

  • Creates monthly analysis and commentary on assigned fee-earning group’s performance for board reporting
  • The main point of contact for Finance with assigned fee-earning group and champions finance
  • Facilitates finance improvement projects where there is an impact in assigned fee-earning group
  • Works with the Commercial Reporting team to drive improvements to standardised analysis which reduce requirements for ad hoc analysis
  • Support finance process, reporting, and analysis improvement projects
  • Provides direct feedback from the fee-earning groups on finance operations enabling improvement
  • Runs budgeting and reforecasting processes in assigned fee-earning group


Your Skills and Experience

  • Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA, ACCA) with 3 years PQE, or equivalent
  • Have a broad base of knowledge gained across the finance function, including strong experience in an FP&A or business partnering role
  • Demonstrate experience of driving profitability improvement by influencing senior stakeholder’s business decisions and working cross functionally
  • Demonstrate strong experience of building relationships built on mutual trust with board level stakeholders
  • Demonstrate very high proficiency in financial modelling
  • Have experience of creating B2B pricing proposals
  • Demonstrate working knowledge and practical experience of costing
  • Have experience working in a cross functional project environment
  • Preferably have knowledge of the Microsoft Power apps
  • Preferably have experience of presenting to senior stakeholder or board level meetings


Your Team

Our Finance and Procurement team are key to strategic decision making, providing key management information, data and analysis to ensure our business runs smoothly and that we comply with all our statutory and regulatory obligations. To do this effectively, these teams take responsibility for billing, payments, credit control, purchasing, client accounting, commercial business partnering, reporting, sourcing, buying and more.


About TLT

Fast paced, fast growing and forward thinking, TLT is the law firm that helps clients stay one step ahead, and we do the same for our people.

We work with high profile clients in innovative sectors. With local, national and international reach, we have over 1,200 people in offices across the UK and a network of partner firms across Europe, India and the US. In 2021 we were named The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year, recognising our incredible success story.

Our purpose is to protect, prepare and progress our clients for what comes next and it’s essential that we do the same for our people, our planet and our communities too. In our open and collaborative culture, we encourage everyone to be their whole self, to have a voice and to contribute.


Our Benefits

We value our employees highly and we want you to feel valued. You’ll receive a competitive salary with an annual pay review. You will also have access to an extensive range of benefits via our flexible benefits scheme including 25 days holiday (which will increase to 30 days based upon length of service) and private medical insurance.

At TLT we have a progressive fully flexible working approach. We empower our people to work in a place and at a time that meets their needs, those of their clients and of the wider team and firm. Part of this agile approach is a focus on hybrid working and supporting the work/life balance of our people.


TLT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and encourages applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any of the characteristics protected by the laws in the locations in which we operate.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to make interviews and jobs more accessible. Should you have any difficulty during the recruitment process, require any reasonable adjustments or an application to Access to work please contact the recruitment team on Recruitment.Operations@TLTsolicitors.com

Business professionals
Market Rate, Competitive
Published Date
Monday 21 November 2022
Closing Date
Thursday 13 April 2023
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