Finance Business Partner

Eden Brown Synergy
£35093.00 - £41551.00 per annum
14 Feb 2017
14 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
I am working with a large Public Sector organisation where an exciting opportunity is available for an experienced qualified accountant to join a busy and forward looking team, providing the full finance business partner service to the Commissioning, Housing and Public Health team within the Department for People.

The role is permanent, based in Southend and paying between £35,093 - £41,551 per annum.

The purpose of the role is to assist the Senior Finance Business Partner or Group Manager with the management and financial administration of an area of the Organisation's activities.

You will be used to engaging with Directors, Heads of Service and Senior Managers about the financial management of their services, and be well versed in revenue budget making, budget monitoring and year end procedures for local government finance.

It would be of an advantage to have experience / knowledge or finance business partnering practise, including service area knowledge in any or all of the following: Housing support service's including the Housing Revenue Account, Public Health and Commissioning.

Key Responsibilities:

To provide a full range of finance business partner services for the Organisation's Departments and Portfolio holders in accordance with departmental standards and timetables set.

To carry out monthly monitoring and analysis against the budget on a number of services and to investigate and report variations to the appropriate senior officer in a timely manner where they occur.

To undertake the closing of revenue / holding accounts at the year-end, including the completion of grant claims and accounting entries, and to assist in the preparation and publication of the final accounts including producing working papers in readiness for the regularity audit.

To contribute to the preparation and presentation of the annual budget and associated working papers and publications.

To undertake areas of work carried out for the Organisation as a whole and not specifically allocated to Departments, such as government returns, and maintenance of financial systems.

To apply proper working practices regarding confidentiality.

To undertake day to day line management duties for staff assigned to you, including Return to Work interviews and Performance Development reviews.

To undertake such other relevant functions as required from time to time, as instructed by the line manager.

In addition, for the specific roles, responsibilities may also include the following:

To lead in the preparation of the revenue budgets for a defined group of the Organisation's activities.
To lead in the completion the final accounts, grants, subsidy claims and statistical work associated with the above-mentioned group of the Organisation's activities.
To lead in the budgetary control of the above-mentioned group of the Organisation's activities.
To complete the revenue estimate (RER) and revenue outturn (RO) forms for the above-mentioned group of the Organisation's activities, and other statistical returns as required.
To co-ordinate the operation of control systems and accounts with regard to recharging accounts, control
accounts and holding accountings as relevant to the defined group of the Organisation's activities.
To carry out ad hoc investigations and appraisals including the interpretation and application of new legislation as required by the Senior Finance Business Partner or Group Manager - Financial Management.
To assist the Senior Finance Business Partner in the work and management of the section.
To propose, develop and implement new financial systems and controls as appropriate, taking account of legislative and other changes, and to be proactive in the development of good financial management within the section, the wider finance community and the service areas you support.
To assist in developing, integrating and implementing financial models on the Accountancy computer network and the on-going development of the Organisation's Financial Management System.
To attend as required meetings of Directors, Heads of Service, Working Groups and Corporate Programme Groups.
To liaise with other internal services and outside agencies, including Government Departments as appropriate

Qualifications: (essential)

* Current membership of CCAB body (or equivalent) with recent accounting experience of at least 2 years


* Theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of local authority accounting (essential)
* An up-to-date knowledge of current best practice in local authority accounting (desirable)
* Experience of annual accounts close down procedures and the production of the balance sheet and supporting schedules as applicable to local authorities (essential)
* Knowledge of cash management (desirable)
* Ability to read, interpret and implement regulations and changes to procedures (essential)
* Ability to work to a tight timetable, within an area of conflicting demands and changing priorities (essential)
* Ability to use Microsoft Office software (essential)

* At least 2 years post-qualification experience working in an organisation of comparable scope and complexity (essential)
* Familiar with the financial arrangements relating to services provided by local authorities (desirable)

Please only apply if you have all the essential knowledge, experience and qualifications as mentioned above.

Closing date & time: Friday 17th December 2017 @ 13.00pm

Thank you

Your expert recruitment consultant is Charlotte Townend, call today on 0161 233 1617 or email

Eden Brown Synergy is committed to equality in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.
Eden Brown Synergy is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.