Collabera Europe ltd
Eastbourne, UK
21 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description

Job Title : Accountant

Duration: 2 Months extendable upto 6 months

Location: Eastbourne or Lewes

Job Purpose:

1. Be a technical expert within one of the three accountancy teams within Finance, serving Councils, their companies and their stakeholders in accordance with the Council's corporate plan, company business plans, priorities and values.

2. Initiating and driving continuous improvement in service performance and efficiency.

Key Tasks:
  • To assist the Principal Accountant in the proactive review of the Team activities and any related activities and the improvement to suitable standards for internal and external audit compliance. To ensure all audit recommendations related to the post's specialist field are implemented.
  • Where appropriate, manage up to 4 staff directly or indirectly. Lead, mentor and manage staff including setting clear targets and objectives and proactively managing work flow, priorities and performance; and carrying out effective recruitment, induction, coaching and ongoing staff management and development.
  • To initiate change and continuous improvement in service performance and efficiency. To participate in related training events and provide on to one training to staff when required.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, changes in accounting standards, tax requirements, guidance related to the team being managed.
  • To represent the council's interests as required at appropriate working groups as well as in negotiations with external partners, regulatory bodies or commercial suppliers.
  • To develop advanced financial models that go beyond predicting future net-revenue positions to examining alternative business models, supporting service redesign options.
  • To take responsibility for managing and improving financial systems and processes across the council so that they operate in compliance with financial policy and statute and any necessary amendments are designed and implemented promptly in response to framework changes or to any identified exceptions to governance and control standards.
  • To represent the Finance service and deputise for more senior finance officers when required at working parties and project teams, both internally and externally. Take responsibility for the financial aspects on allocated projects and work in partnership with services and third party consultants in the assessment and review of business plans, and identify the financial implications and benefit realisations. Ensure the Service and Financial Plan or the relevant company business plan includes all associated costs or savings.
  • To ensure that all statistical, government returns and FOI requests allocated to the team are completed within deadlines.
  • Carry out ad-hoc accounting or other projects as required to meet the demands of the service.
  • To work as a specialist in one of the following teams:

  • Candidates must be highly IT literate (both finance systems and Excel)
  • Extended knowledge of finance and budgeting
  • Knowledge of accounting and finance principles
  • Knowledge of finance system
  • Ability To Communicate Effectively Both Orally & In Writing To A Wide Range Of People
  • Ability To Organise Own Workload To Meet Targets & Deadlines
  • Ability To Work As Part Of A Team And On Own Innitiative
  • Previous experience in similar role

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