30.00 - 30.00 GBP Hourly + GBP30/hour Umbrella
14 Feb 2018
18 Feb 2018
Job role
Contract type
Full time
A local authority based in South London is looking for an experienced Accountant to work within their Financial Planning & Management / Finance Transaction Services.

Main purpose of the post:

Work collaboratively with managers within the respective service areas (up to and including Director level), providing technical financial advice and support using professional knowledge and skills pro–actively to identify, investigate, analyse and evaluate issues/options within an agreed financial management framework.

Accountancy responsibilities:

1. To work routinely with managers across the organisation, typically advising and influencing up to and including Assistant Director / Head of Service level.

2. To take direct personal responsibility for the provision of financial support to discrete areas of the business, including providing specialist, technical advice and reports to senior colleagues and members to support effective decision making under s151 of Local Government Act 1972.

3. To take responsibility for the delivery of effective financial systems and processes across the council including timely reconciliations, so that any necessary adjustments are designed and implemented promptly.

4. To work with external financial advisers and contractors (including be part of selection and appointment processes in accordance with procurement regulation and managing the contractual relationships to ensure expected performance or compliance) as appropriate to the role.

5. To liaise directly with internal/external auditors on all matters relating to the preparation and audit of defined work area(s).

6. To ensure that the financial governance requirements are understood and accepted by the business and that the implications of non–compliance are made clear. As part of this, to identify, monitor and manage risks.

Generic responsibilities:

7. Write and present management board and committee reports, provide specialist, technical advice to support effective decision making including drafting appropriate financial implications under s151 of Local Government Act 1972 for formal reports.

8. To report and monitor Business Unit performance targets as defined in the Operating Level Agreement.

9. Develop and maintain specialist knowledge and understanding of financial legislation and accounting standards, and take responsibility for implementing changes arising from new or amended legislation or financial policy, ensuring that the council's processes are compliant.

10. Responsible for improving financial systems and processes to capture and analyse financial information.

11. Contribute financial expertise to projects with significant financial impact including cross–council transformative projects such as major systems developments and business process redesign. Take a lead role in ensuring they meet all their financial and budgetary responsibilities through effective monitoring and control.

12. Authority to make most day–to–day operational management decisions and to amend the work priorities of own service area in order to respond effectively to emerging issues and changing corporate priorities, referring only those with high impact or political sensitivity.



Experience at a senior level of local government budget preparation both revenue and capital

Experience of providing financial advice to senior officers and members including partners and formal committees

Experience in the use of integrated financial systems.


There is an expectation that the postholder will be CCAB qualified, or hold an appropriate qualification.

For current employees with significant work experience, there is an expectation that they will hold or be working towards a relevant qualification.


Proven knowledge of at least two of the following: operating in a complex multidisciplinary organisation; programmes and projects; financial management; people management.

Please apply below if you possess the relevant experience

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