School Finance Officer

Recruiter
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Location
Southend-On-Sea, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
18 Oct 2019
Closes
26 Oct 2019
Ref
1303865253
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Your new company

Southend Borough Council is a unitary authority based in the heart of the town centre offering traditional seaside living that makes it a great place to live and work. This diverse and busy town has great public parks and leisure activities, competitive house pricing and excellent travel links. The Council provides a range of vital services at the heart of the community, as well as investing in exciting and ambitious projects that keep Southend-on-Sea firmly on the map. The Council is ambitious for the future and is working with local partners and local communities to ensure we deliver our exciting ambition for 2050.

Your new role

Southend Borough Council are currently looking to recruit a dedicated full-time School Finance Service Officer. As a School Finance Service Officer, you will be working as part of a small dedicated team, who work with and support both the local authority's-maintained schools, and a suite of academy schools as part of a financial traded services agreements. You will deliver a comprehensive financial advice service to schools on an income generating basis. The role requires you to provide headteachers, and governors with the accounting knowledge and expertise to enable them to manage their budgets to comply with correct accounting principles. Detailed monitoring of school budgets. You will prepare and deliver training courses for Headteachers, Governors and school finance staff. You will carry out monthly/quarterly monitoring against revenue and capital budgets and investigate where necessary, report variations to the appropriate school member of staff (Headteacher or finance staff) adhering to strict deadlines.

What you'll need to succeed

To be successful in this role, you need to have strong communications skills and great interpersonal skill as you will be liaising with various stakeholders. The successful applicant with need to be confident, polite and professional in direct face to face contact with the Schools, and a committed team player. Candidates with strong and relevant accounting background will be ideal for this role It would be an advantage if the applicant has experience working within a school finance environment however this is not essential. Being able to work well as part of a team is essential, whilst also being required to demonstrate their ability to work independently, make decisions for themselves and to manage their own workload. Ability to use computer systems including word processing, spreadsheets and databases is essential for this role. Your application will not be considered if you are not a qualified Accounting Technician (AAT). Full job description for this role is available upon request.

What you'll get in return

When you join the council you can enjoy a range of benefits including: - flexible working, salary and pension scheme, 23 days holiday (excluding bank holidays) and employee schemes. A full list of benefits provided by Southend Borough Council can be viewed on the "Why Work For Us?" tab.

What you need to do now

If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV. If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position with Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, please contact us on for a confidential discussion on your career.

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit. Please note: Applications for this vacancy may close prior to the date advertised above. This will be dependent on the volume of applications received.

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