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Housing and HRA Accountant

Closing date
22 Oct 2021

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Salary Band
Hourly Rate, At least £23.00
Contract Type
Full Time
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Opus People Solutions on behalf of Northampton Council is looking for a Housing and HRA Accountant to work on a 3 month placement. The successful candidate must have Housing and Local Authority HRA background to be considered for this role.

Overall purpose of the job:

This post is located in the Strategic Finance Team supporting West Northamptonshire Council. The Team are responsible for:
  • Strategic financial management
  • Operational accountancy requirements
  • Advice and support to budget managers
  • Performance Management
  • Driving of the efficiency agenda

The role of the accountant is to support the Council's budget setting and budget monitoring process. This is a high-profile role and requires good management skills to ensure finance services provided are professional and customer focused.

Within the Finance Team the post-holder will be expected to be able to operate in any of the Accountant / Finance Business Partner posts.

Responsibilities include:
  • Support budget holders in financial planning and budget modelling for different scenarios.
  • Work with budget holders to ensure accurate and timely budget monitoring including risk appraisals.
  • Develop financial systems and processes to ensure robust governance whilst also bringing in new methods of working through the use of business and operational process improvements
  • Ensure that services perform their duties and functions in fulfilment of their financial statutory obligations, keeping abreast of the Councils changing legal obligations, mandates and responsible for ensuring relevant compliance with the Council's Financial Procedure Rules and SORPs.
  • Advise budget managers on financial analysis on revenue, capital and cash issues and projects. Assist in the assessment of business options, including interpreting/analysing complex financial and non-financial information.
  • Support the production of the Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP) and Capital Strategy.
  • Manage, motivate and develop staff within the team, providing support to ensure that priorities are identified, objectives achieved and to enhance the overall level of performance and morale.
  • Support the development of improved financial awareness of budget managers and staff through the development and delivery of management training Support and train budget holders in the use of the Council's e-Business suite including the Council's ERP Gold Agresso platform
  • Deliver Customer Satisfaction levels to support the Finance Business Partner business plan and deliverables.
  • Support the closedown of the accounts schedule by reviewing processes and timescales to enable deadlines to be met.
  • Support the Council to deliver its strategies with an understanding and inputting into the analysis of changes to accounting and reporting requirements.
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