Principal Accountant- Kingston Upon Thames

Surrey County Council
50903.00 GBP Annual
13 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Job role
Contract type
Full time

Job Details

Surrey County Council is committed to the development of its workforce and as such this role is only available to applicants who already work for Surrey County Council. We thank you for your interest in Surrey County Council and would encourage you to review our current vacancies which are available to all.

GBP50,903 per annum based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary–related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Children, Schools and Families Finance Team, supporting policy and funding changes in the Schools and Learning service (including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) as the education landscape changes.

As well as leading on the day to day aspects of the annual finance cycle, preparing budgets, budget monitoring and closing the accounts for the year to tight deadlines, you will also lead and support the Senior Principal Accountant in new developments for the service. You will have line management responsibilitiesand also help oversee the work of the whole team. You will be required to work with the Children, Schools and Families Finance Team and input into cross cutting pieces of work e.g. statutory returns and Directorate reporting .

As well as being a senior manager within the Children, Schools and Families Finance team, you will also have opportunities to network across the partner authorities in Orbis. You will need to develop important and constructive relationships with key budget holders in the Schools and SEND service.

To be successful in this role you will need to clearly demonstrate;

Strong financial management and accounting experience, including budget setting, budget monitoring and closure of accounts

  • Knowledge and understanding of local government funding, with knowledge of the Dedicated Schools Grant being an advantage
  • Experience of supervising and developing staff
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills
  • Good analytical skills and able to manipulate data to evaluate problems and assess options
  • A recognised Professional Accountancy qualification(CCAB) or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of Qualification and experience

Additional Information

Please note this advert closes at 23:59 on the 19th February 2018.

Interview dates are to be confirmed.

Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.

  • Listen – We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
  • Responsibility – We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
  • Trust – We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
  • Respect – We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.

Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.

  • Be customer focussed – We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
  • Work as one team – We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
  • Make things happen – We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
  • Communicate with purpose – We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
  • Be the best we can be – We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
  • Develop ourselves and others – We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.

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