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Rent Accountant

Employer
ROYAL BOROUGH OF KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
2 Mar 2021

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Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

Generating the income that makes promises a reality.

In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people and local businesses at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. In order to fulfil these promises, we must generate significant income, much of which comes from rent and service charges on council-owned housing stock. This, in turn, is re-invested in maintenance, improvement and regeneration.

The Role:

You'll play your part by calculating rents for around 7,000 tenants to the value £44m as well as service charges to the value of £6m - all in accordance with government guidelines. You'll also assist with keeping track of right-to-buys and lease extensions. Managing large amounts of data accurately is a key challenge and we'll look to you to ensure the integrity of the data in our rent model.

Outside of this, you'll assist in ensuring the council's portfolio is well managed by working with key stakeholders across the council with varying queries and issues and assessing garage rental charges. Some of your time will also be spent dealing with queries and complaints from tenants. You'll also be expected to keep up to date with any relevant new legislation.

About You:

Although you'll have a background in accountancy, this role is about more than just numbers. You'll be part of a team that's focused on working together to take the community forward. While demonstrating strong analysis skills and good attention to detail, you'll also be resilient, collaborative and open to new challenges.

You're likely to have a background in the social housing sector where you will have specialised in the calculation and reconciliation of tenants' rents and service charges. Excellent IT skills, including the manipulation of complex spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel, are important. Ideally, you will hold, or be studying towards, a CCAB accountancy qualification (or equivalent) and will have a good knowledge of landlord and tenant legislation. Good communication skills will help you to make the most of this opportunity.

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.
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