Trainee Accountant- Local Authority

London City Network
United Kingdom
£17.74 - £22.11 per hour
05 Oct 2017
06 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
3 month contract- potentially ongoing A high performing inner London local authority currently has a requirement for a trainee accountant to join their finance team. 1. Job Purpose: 1.1 To undertake the technical and professional functions outlined in the description of duties below in accordance with CIPFA guidelines, Council standing orders and financial regulations. 1.2 To provide professional and flexible financial support and accountancy advice to senior management within finance and service managers across a range of council services. 1.3 Contribute to the provision of a comprehensive integrated finance service supporting all council departments, Directors, Members, committees and forums. 2. Description of Duties (Accountant PO1-PO2) 2.1 To co-ordinate and control the day-to-day aspects of the finance function within the allocated service areas. To develop and recommend solutions to problems or issues affecting services. 2.2 To assist in the provision of professional financial advice and analysis to support the Council`s strategic plans and Medium Term Financial Strategy process. 2.3 To complete grant claims and statistical returns for central government, professional bodies and other organisations, as required.. 2.4 To oversee and manage allocated activities in key financial processes, and ensure significant issues are raised with senior management with recommendations for corrective action. 2.5 To maintain and develop financial systems, procedures and controls to ensure financial data is recorded in accordance with accounting best practice, and to ensure the managers receive information in an easily understandable format which assists them in the decision making process for their service. 2.6 To ensure that Council`s financial practices meet the standards set within CIPFA guidelines 2.7 To undertake special projects and participate in groups set up to manage specific issues, where applicable. 2.8 To undertake any further finance-related duties, as directed by LBHF management 2.9 To provide a high standard of customer service, to both internal and external customers 2.10 To use the Council`s office-based and mobile IT services for the input, access and transmission of information using the appropriate level of information security and classification through the use of electronic mail, diaries, word-processing and spreadsheets as well as any specific job-related applications as required to carry out the duties of the post. 2.11 To comply with information rights legislation and the Council`s data quality standards by applying information management related policies. To report instances of non-compliance, errors, omissions or inadequacies in procedures to the business unit manager. 2.12 To know and adhere to the Council`s equal opportunities policy and equalities legislation and implement in relation to job responsibilities in employment and service delivery. 2.13 To take reasonable care for his/her own health and safety and any other person(s) who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work, in accordance with the Health & Safety legislation. 2.14 Work under the council`s smart-working policy. Additional duties required for Accountant (PO3-PO4)- - progression to Senior Accountant level will be dependent on review as part of the annual appraisal system 3.1 To manage and direct allocated staff to ensure that financial services are provided to the required professional standards and to meet statutory and other requirements. 3.2 To manage allocated staff, including the identification of training and development needs, the production and monitoring of work programmes, recruitment, regular supervisions, appraisal and communication. 3.3 To design complex spreadsheets and use specific Council IT systems to assist senior management to analyse financial data and enable them to make informed decisions 3.4 To provide professional financial advice to senior officers to ensure that statutory duties are complied with and that the relevant parties are fully aware of the financial implications of decisions. 4. PERSON SPECIFICATION 4.1 QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE 4.1.1 Experience of working in local government finance, or in a similar complex public or private sector organisation 4.1.2 An understanding of key financial accounting and management principles 4.1.3 Experience of undertaking key financial processes, controls or transactions 4.1.4 Experience of using core financial systems and other supporting IT 4.1.5 Evidence of working as part of a professional team 4.1.6 An understanding of local government issues, and how they impact on finance.
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