Chief Accountant

Wiltshire Council
Trowbridge, UK
Closing date
5 Oct 2020

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Chief Accountant

Why Wiltshire Council?

There are plenty of attractions to Wiltshire Council, both professional and personal. It's a friendly, welcoming place to work, with a strong team ethic. That's why we focus on getting the things that matter to our people right. If you live outside Wiltshire, there are lots of reasons to move here and make our beautiful county your home with an easy commute from neighbouring areas such as Bath, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

About the role
The Chief Accountant is responsible for the provision of accurate, effective and efficient financial accounting across the Council, the production of the Statement of Accounts for Wiltshire Council, and relevant statutory financial returns. The role is the technical lead for the central finance function and the finance control environment, focussed on driving quality, and also responsible for all technical accounting areas such as treasury management, banking, VAT & Tax and the Chart of Accounts under the direction of the Head of Corporate Finance. As the Chief Accountant you will provide high quality technical financial accounting solutions and effective strategic management, alongside strategic financial advice to support the short, medium and longer term decision shaping and making process. You will be the Council's professional lead on the delivery of annual accounts and other statutory financial accounting to ensure that there is high quality financial data across the council.

About you
You will be an experienced, professionally qualified accountant (CCAB) and be able to demonstrate extensive management experience in a complex financial environment and extensive experience of interpreting complex financial regulations. A forward thinking individual you will be able to demonstrate significant experience in driving through high performance, effectively managing teams and influencing high standards across organisations. You will have proven experience of managing and delivering technical financial projects and excellent experience of delivery at a senior level in a financial environment, with a track record of leading and motivating staff and having established credibility in leading similar finance teams, and working effectively across all areas of large and complex organisations and projects with successful outcomes. You will have a good understanding of the local government financial regulatory environment and finance systems and have the ability to work under pressure to delivery high quality outcomes.

The closing date will be 29 September 2020.

Interviews will be held on week commencing 5 October 2020.

What we offer
Working patterns to fit your life and commitments, including flexible working options from across Wiltshire including working from home.
Provide free parking in the locality of most of our hubs and use of a pool car scheme 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 30 after 5 years' service, as well as the option to purchase an additional ten days.
An attractive rewards package with an excellent range of discounted products and services with national and local retailers via our Wiltshire Rewards scheme
The opportunity to work for a forward-thinking council with a strong focus on staff engagement with an employee wellbeing services and family friendly policies to support work life balance
A variety of progression opportunities; including CMI accredited leadership programs and career paths into management
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