Accountant

Recruiter
THE JOBLINE LTD
Location
Hertfordshire, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
17 Aug 2019
Closes
20 Aug 2019
Ref
1218653151
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Our client is seeking an Accountant on the initial 4 month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours-

37 hours per week

Monday - Friday

Pay Rate-

£25.00 p/h

Job Purpose-

- To lead on the provision of financial planning, budget monitoring and other financial services for designated services.

- To support the Business Partnering Manager in the provision of a full range of professional support services to Councillors and senior managers, leading on key areas of activity as appropriate

Duties and Responsibilities-

- Provide high level financial advice and information, contributing to overall strategic and operational developments in a range of designated services.

Examples of such designated services/responsibilities include:

Budget Planning and Monitoring in relation to revenue and capital
Financial evaluations
Financial research and policy development
Business Partner/Budget Holder relationships- Responsible for the accounting, budgeting and reporting arrangements for designated areas of the Council's revenue and capital programmes

- Analysis and interpretation of changes in legislation and accounting requirements ensuring compliance with CIPFA's Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting, the Prudential Code for Capital Finance

- Support the Finance Manager Systems and Controls and the Team Leader Controls in the preparation of the Statutory Accounts.

- Support the Deputy Chief Executive (Finance and Legal) with the preparation of the Finance Strategy including the Medium Term Financial Strategy, HRA Business Plan, Capital Strategy and any associated strategies.

- To be responsible for the production of budget management reports to enable them to be presented to Budget Managers; Corporate Management Team; Cabinet; and, Overview and Scrutiny Committees in accordance with agreed timescales.

- To actively engage in the support programme to the Deputy Chief Executive (Finance and Legal) in relation to the annual budget cycle

- Support the development and implementation of systems, procedures and information processes in order to improve the level of financial support provided to the council.

- Carry out systematic bench-marking of council services and operations against other service providers, other councils and key performance indicators in order to inform managers and drive up council performance.

- Contribute to the management of the team of Finance Business Partners and support staff.

- Undertake other duties commensurate with the purpose and grade of the post as may be required from time to time.

Skills and Experience-

Up to date working knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, standards and core disciplines of work area including:

- medium and long term planning

- budget preparation and monitoring

- service costing and SeRCOP

- fees and charges and

- variance analysis.

Knowledge and understanding of:

- functions of local government

- major issues and challenges facing specific work area

- performance management

- project working

- procurement and contract management

- new approaches to commercial activity in local government

- risk management

- Commitment to and clear understanding of equal opportunities

- Understanding of health and safety issues relevant to work area

- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and work specific software packages including advanced excel.

- An understanding and working knowledge of the Housing Revenue Account and Housing capital.

- Experience of successfully achieving work area objectives in a relevant role

- Evidence of dealing effectively with change

- Understanding of continuous improvement

- Experience of monitoring budgets

- Experience of successfully supervising a team

- Experience of providing input into policy development and implementing policies, practices and service improvements

- Examples of having specialist technical knowledge in some areas

DBS required

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