Chief Accountant

Recruiter
Colbern Limited
Location
Poulton-Le-Fylde, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
09 Dec 2018
Closes
09 Dec 2018
Ref
1031812277
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full-time
Apply online only) Chief Accountant Poulton-Le-Fylde Contract £32.10 per hour Our client is looking for an experienced Local Authority Chief Accountant for initially a three month contract. The role will work closely with the Head of Finance (s.151 Officer) and be instrumental in helping to shape the Financial Services Team. They will lead on the preparation of the Council's Budget and Statement of Accounts under the direction of the Head of Finance and will be responsible for the production of the Collection Fund. 1. Responsible to the Head of Finance for the management and development of the Team in securing continuous improvement in service delivery. 2. To deputise for the Head of Finance as necessary. 3. To work with the Head of Finance to revise, develop and implement the Medium Term Financial Plan and the annual budgeting process. 4. To assist on the development and regular monitoring of the efficiency programme to underpin sustainable long term financial health. 5. Appraising and advising on commercial opportunities and financial targets ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and procurement best practice. 6. Providing professional advice and objective financial analysis enabling decision makers to take timely and informed business decisions. 7. Support the evaluation of capital projects in accordance with the Council's Medium Term Financial Plan. 8. Preparing timely management accounts allowing the monitoring and reporting of financial performance to relevant parties. 9. Promoting Good Financial Management. 10. Verification of the financial implications of proposals in relation to affordability and value for money thereby supporting decision makers in their role. Membership of an accountancy body recognised by the International Federation of Accountants, qualified through examination, and subject to oversight by a professional body that upholds professional standards and exercises disciplinary powers. Evidence of continuing professional development Extensive knowledge and understanding of local government, its current issues and their implications. An understanding of public sector finance and its regulatory environment Effective communication, negotiation and advocacy skills, both verbal and written Effective management, motivation and leadership skills Ability to work effectively as part of a team to achieve results, building robust relationships both internally and externally Preparation of reports and drafting of policy documents. Please only apply if you have the necessary skills, experience and expertise. The first part of our recruitment process is to send your CV