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  • Location

    St. Albans, Hertfordshire

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  • Salary:

    £25.00 - £26.25 per hour

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  • Published:

    5 months ago

  • Duration:

    4 Months

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Our client is seeking an Accountant on the initial 4 month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours-

37 hours per week

Monday - Friday

Pay Rate-

£25.00 p/h

Job Purpose-

- To lead on the provision of financial planning, budget monitoring and other financial services for designated services.

- To support the Business Partnering Manager in the provision of a full range of professional support services to Councillors and senior managers, leading on key areas of activity as appropriate

Duties and Responsibilities-

- Provide high level financial advice and information, contributing to overall strategic and operational developments in a range of designated services.

Examples of such designated services/responsibilities include:

  • Budget Planning and Monitoring in relation to revenue and capital
  • Financial evaluations
  • Financial research and policy development
  • Business Partner/Budget Holder relationships

- Responsible for the accounting, budgeting and reporting arrangements for designated areas of the Council's revenue and capital programmes

- Analysis and interpretation of changes in legislation and accounting requirements ensuring compliance with CIPFA's Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting, the Prudential Code for Capital Finance

- Support the Finance Manager Systems and Controls and the Team Leader Controls in the preparation of the Statutory Accounts.

- Support the Deputy Chief Executive (Finance and Legal) with the preparation of the Finance Strategy including the Medium Term Financial Strategy, HRA Business Plan, Capital Strategy and any associated strategies.

- To be responsible for the production of budget management reports to enable them to be presented to Budget Managers; Corporate Management Team; Cabinet; and, Overview and Scrutiny Committees in accordance with agreed timescales.

- To actively engage in the support programme to the Deputy Chief Executive (Finance and Legal) in relation to the annual budget cycle

- Support the development and implementation of systems, procedures and information processes in order to improve the level of financial support provided to the council.

- Carry out systematic bench-marking of council services and operations against other service providers, other councils and key performance indicators in order to inform managers and drive up council performance.

- Contribute to the management of the team of Finance Business Partners and support staff.

- Undertake other duties commensurate with the purpose and grade of the post as may be required from time to time.

Skills and Experience-

Up to date working knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, standards and core disciplines of work area including:

- medium and long term planning

- budget preparation and monitoring

- service costing and SeRCOP

- fees and charges and

- variance analysis.

Knowledge and understanding of:

- functions of local government

- major issues and challenges facing specific work area

- performance management

- project working

- procurement and contract management

- new approaches to commercial activity in local government

- risk management

- Commitment to and clear understanding of equal opportunities

- Understanding of health and safety issues relevant to work area

- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and work specific software packages including advanced excel.

- An understanding and working knowledge of the Housing Revenue Account and Housing capital.

- Experience of successfully achieving work area objectives in a relevant role

- Evidence of dealing effectively with change

- Understanding of continuous improvement

- Experience of monitoring budgets

- Experience of successfully supervising a team

- Experience of providing input into policy development and implementing policies, practices and service improvements

- Examples of having specialist technical knowledge in some areas

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