Chief Accountant

Reading, UK
13 Aug 2019
02 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Reed Finance are supporting a Berkshire local authority to recruit an interim Chief Accountant for a period of 3 - 6 months.

The role -

The key project for this role is the finalisation of the 18/19 accounts and managing the 17/18 audit which starts in September. 4 direct reports and 24 staff in total
  • Leading the Technical, Financial Systems and Exchequer Teams.
  • Influencing the wider Finance Team to drive improvements, set and subsequently maintain internal technical accounting standards, systems and processes to ensure that the Council can swiftly and accurately report its financial performance, both monthly and annually, to support decision-making, scrutiny and good custodianship of public resources.
  • Ensure that systems exist for managers to effectively control and manage their budgets;
  • Financial Accounts, driving high standards of compliance with external guidelines and requirements, statutory or otherwise, reliably meeting set deadlines.
  • Advising on and implementing changes to the accounts in line with changing accounting standards and guidelines;
  • Ensure that the Council's taxation, banking, income and payment arrangements are robust and compliant with the relevant regulations guidance and best practice guidance;
  • All control accounts and reconciliations are routinely performed and up to date;
  • All VAT and other tax matters are fully up to date and accurate. Advising on tax matters as required
  • Improving the Council's financial control framework to ensure that there is overall financial control within the Council;
  • Delivering financial systems and information to allow service managers to understand and control their budgets;
  • Leading a high performing team to deliver the Councils financial accounts;
  • Leading the Exchequer teams and ensuring appropriate controls are in place.

To be considered for this role you must have experience of working in a local authority at this level.

If you would like to be considered for this role please apply asap or call Reed Finance on

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