Director of Finance and Procurement

Recruiter
Choice Recruitment Group
Location
Trowbridge, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
18 Sep 2019
Closes
22 Sep 2019
Ref
1264664811
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Role purpose:

Roles at this level are responsible for the corporate management of a range of major council services or a significant statutory function (with delegated powers), providing strategic policy direction and leadership, operational management and financial control.

Will support the Cabinet and Corporate Leadership Team, to achieve the aims and desired outcomes of the Council.

Will report directly to a Corporate Director.

Job Context

Directors are responsible for the corporate management of a range of major council services or a statutory function, providing strategic policy direction and leadership, operational management and financial control. They support the cabinet and corporate leadership team, to achieve the aims and desired outcomes of the council, Wiltshire community and partners.

Job Purpose

As a director you are expected to:

·Work jointly with executive directors and other directors to achieve the council's priorities and goals;

·Develop effective partnership and collaborative working in order to achieve the council's vision;

·Manage service performance though the accountability of your senior management team, allocation of resources, management of risks, and strong, inspirational leadership;

·Develop an innovative and commercial approach across the council and within your specific service areas;

·Lead continuous improvement and transformation of your services using systems thinking or other evidence based principles around customer/client purpose;

·Take joint responsibility as part of the leadership team for delivering the whole council budget and savings, taking a corporate and joined up approach alongside robust and reliable service financial management.

Key duties include:

·Develop relationships both internally and externally to maximise opportunities for collaboration and integration

·Ensure service planning is shaped by, and takes into account the council's key strategic plans

·Provide advice and recommendations to the wider corporate leadership team and elected Members on significant policy decisions or complex and contentious matters within your service areas and areas of expertise

·Contribute to the corporate management of the strategic risks facing the council;

·Represent the council at regional/national level within your services areas and areas of expertise;

·Promote and exemplify robust decision making which is open, inclusive, flexible and responsive;

·Grow an outstanding workforce with a can-do attitude, supported through clear career paths and development linked with robust talent and performance management;

·Embed a culture that places customers first, adopts a can-do approach and focuses on good outcomes in our communities;

·Drive the council's staff engagement culture and demonstrate the behaviours expected across the organisation;

·Ensure a whole council approach is taken to corporate parenting.

Service area responsibilities

·Provide strategic leadership and direction for finance, pensions and procurement services and manage service performance though the accountability of your senior management team, allocation of resources, management of risks, and strong, inspirational leadership.

·Ensure that your teams and resources are focused and aligned to deliver improved services in Wiltshire and support the council in managing financial resources effectively

·Lead continuous improvement and transformation of your services using systems thinking or other evidence based principles around customer/client purpose.

·Lead the development and delivery of the Medium Term Financial Strategy and associated plans and provide professional advice and guidance to the leader of the council, portfolio holder, cabinet and the extended senior leadership team (executive directors and directors) in implementing the strategy and plans

·Maximise the impact of the council's revenue and capital investment to ensure effective delivery of priorities

·Provide strategic leadership and direction across the council and influence policy and decision making in relation to finance to ensure delivery of the best possible services for the people of Wiltshire and support to the council

·Provide clear financial advice which balances competing priorities in a joined up and sensitive manner across all council areas

·Produce the annual statement of accounts and liaise with the external auditors

·Act as the pension fund lead adviser.

·Lead treasury management services/advice.

·Develop financial awareness and capability across the council

·Ensure sound debt management and credit control activities in accordance with policy

Set the strategic procurement vision in consultation with key stakeholders, and delivering it through effective policies, processes and procedures

As statutory 151 officer and member of the corporate leadership team (CLT) you are expected to:



·Provide the corporate direction and strategic leadership to ensure effective financial management and assurance of the council and to ensure our investment in services, projects and transformation delivers the councils vision and business plan priorities.

·Work with the executive directors, monitoring officer and head of paid service to make a major contribution to the corporate leadership of the council, influencing decision-making and providing professional leadership on matters relating to financial management and planning and organisational performance.

·Discharge the relevant statutory duties and responsibilities of the role, as the statutory Section 151 Officer responsible for financial affairs under Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 for the council

Person Specification

In addition to the qualifications, knowledge, and skills required for roles at this level, this role requires:

·Postgraduate degree in a finance related discipline or equivalent relevant experience;

·A qualified accountant in compliance with Section 113 Local Government and Finance Act 1988, e.g. CIPFA, CIMA, ACCA;

·Evidence of post qualification personal and professional continued development;

·Substantial experience of strategic financial management in a large and diverse organisation.

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