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Service Accountant

Sellick Partnership
Closing date
10 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Sellick Partnership are seeking an experienced Local Government Service Accountant interim professional to supplement the existing experienced and stable Accountancy & Financial Planning team. This will enable us the organisation to release permanent staff to focus upon the delivery of required outputs of the programme by challenging deadlines whilst also maintaining the high standard of BAU delivery. You will report managerially to the Senior Manager - Accountancy & Financial Planning and on a day to day basis

The Service Accountant role will provide support for:
  • The oversight of the governance processes in place, approving, supporting the management and monitoring of the spend from the Reserve and reporting this through the relevant Theme Boards and Programme Board
  • The day to day finance support work into the Corporate, Customer & Community Service, Fire & Rescue and Local Committee Directorates. This will include supporting the team with monthly processes such as budget monitoring, discussing and challenging forecasts with Assistant Directors and responding to ad hoc requests for financial support and advice as they arise.
  • To develop effective working relationships with budget managers to ensure an effective business partnering role between finance and services.
  • To ensure managers have appropriate financial skills to enable them to effectively manage the budget and utilise financial systems through training and coaching.
  • Proactively working with services and budget holders to identify and resolve financial issues through utilising best practice and innovative solutions.
  • Communicating effectively through understanding the needs and presentational requirements of the audience. Influencing and encouraging managers to consider financial issues within decision making.
  • Being an advocate for supporting the cultural change required to develop budget monitoring processes and systems to increase budget management capabilities.
  • Support managers in the development of reports, business cases and options papers, ensuring that financial implications are considered and that financial resource and value for money comments are informed, impartial and accurate.

Essential Skills, Qualification and Experience for the Service Accountant includes:
  • Qualified CCAB Accountant, or equivalent demonstrable experience and a willingness to complete professional qualification.
  • Evidence of continuing personal and professional development.
  • Extensive practical knowledge and technical background in budget preparation, monitoring and year end accounting practices and the application of current accounting standards.
  • Experience of responding to auditor queries.
  • Experience of providing advice on the financial implications of policy and service delivery issues
  • Experience of introducing best practice and innovation with services.
  • Experience of supporting the production of financial business cases.
  • Experience of preparing grant claims and other statistical returns.
  • Experience of training / coaching one on one or in a group environment.
  • Experience of management and supervision of staff.
  • Ability to make quick and accurate decisions when faced with limited information.
  • Ability to work with non-finance managers to provide objective and understandable financial advice.
  • Accurate numeracy, analytical and comprehension skills.
  • Competent use of Microsoft Office packages, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or similar packages.
  • Capacity to work effectively under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • High quality communication skills; written, report writing and presentational.
  • A willingness to accommodate pressures in work through working flexibly.

It is esstential that you have extensive recent experinece, operating at this level, specifically within a Local Authority. Applicants without this experience will not be considered for this role. If this requirements matches your skilset, please apply online.

Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances, including underrepresented and disadvantaged groups and those with disabilities. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
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