Chief Finance Officer (Section 151)

Forest of Dean
Coleford, UK
18 Feb 2019
14 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Level of qualification
Newly qualified, Qualified
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an established or aspiring Chief Financial Officer (Section 151 Officer) with a commercial mindset to join Forest of Dean District Council and lead us through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Part of our drive towards financial sustainability includes identifying new opportunities to generate income and investment in projects which provide good financial returns. The development of the Lawnstone site; acquisitions of new commercial investment properties; regeneration of the Cinderford Northern Quarter and our aspirations for the 5 Acres site show a clear ambition to generate new revenue to offset the reductions in government funding. It is anticipated that the removal of the tolls on the Severn Bridges will provide significant opportunities and it is essential now that we work together to make sure we maximise them. This will bring with it economic growth and housing challenges. The successful candidate must be a professionally qualified accountant with a strong technical background and experience at a senior level, ideally within a local government setting. Key to your success will be your ability to work at both strategic level - including developing the medium term financial strategy and at an operational level in driving service improvement. To discuss this position further, please contact Peter Williams on 01594 812300 or For a candidate pack and more information please visit To apply please email your CV with cover letter/supporting statement to the Recruitment Team: If you have any queries please telephone 01285 623319. All successful applicants will need to provide evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people and children. Safer recruitment practices are applied which include providing proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years' employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record. Forest of Dean District Council is an equal opportunities employer