Group Accountant

Job Description

We are currently seeking a Group Accountant to join a large public sector organisation based in Keynsham on an interim contract of an initial 5 months.

Job role

  • Provide professional financial advice and information to support the development of budgets, financial plans, project plans and the review of policies and strategies. In addition to provide advice and guidance to Senior Managers, Members, employing bodies, trustees and relevant committees on the financial implications of decisions and proposals, in order to help the Council meet its objectives and statutory responsibilities.
  • Develop relationships with Members, Directors, Managers and Partner representatives based on personal and professional credibility and be capable of delivering clear and concise presentations of financial information to ensure that the audience understands the financial aspects of key decisions.
  • Prepare and proactively contribute to reports for Members, Directors and Managers clearly identifying the financial effects of policy and other corporate proposals on the delivery of services.
  • Prepare and monitor the capital programme, including regular review and forecasting, in compliance with the Budget Management Scheme, and produce financial monitoring reports for the specified Services. Ensure that optimum functional use is made of the AGRESSO financial system and that all budget managers can undertake basic enquiries to track their budget position.
  • Ensure that subsidiary financial systems fully integrate with the ledger where these are independent and are regularly reconciled to ensure the integrity of accounting information
  • Develop measures to assess risk within projects or budgets of high demand and cost volatility or where significant third party funding is provided
  • Produce final accounts in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards including the production of disclosure notes and supplementary financial analysis
  • Provide leadership, direction and professional standards for finance staff working within the services supported, ensuring that they contribute to the delivery of an effective finance service
  • Prepare and monitor all relevant grant applications, claims and returns in consultation with relevant services and Government departments ensuring full compliance with all statutory and other requirements and respond to queries on behalf of the Service.
  • Negotiate with contractors and alternative service providers to safeguard and maximise the Council’s financial interests.   Liaise with service users, customers, employing bodies, clients, partners, Members and trustees either verbally or in writing concerning all financial aspects of the Services supported.
  • Develop and maintain measures of financial and business performance and benchmarking systems for the Services supported in order to ensure their continuous improvement and development.
  • Lead on the financial and business aspects business case development and option appraisals, carrying out investment analysis and evaluation exercises in order to maximise business efficiency and ensure that financial implications are fully considered.
  • Interpret, analyse and appraise business trends, local government legislation, supplier strategies, technical advances, market trends and other developments which could impact on the financial position of services within the portfolio.
  • Contribute to specific project teams and where necessary take on the role of an independent project leader within the financial environment, ensuring that all projects meet their objectives.
  • Deputise for the Finance Manager as required at meetings
  • Plan and prioritise own workload in order to meet the deadlines for reporting to Members, Directors and Managers.

As a candidate you should have

  • A recognised accountancy qualification or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a business or financial environment
  • At least 2 years’ post-qualification experience.
  • An extensive knowledge of the Authority’s financial systems, including budgetary control, accounting procedures, Risk Management, Standing Orders and Financial Regulations.
  • An extensive knowledge of Local Authority Services including an appreciation and understanding of current and proposed legislation and Council policy and its effect on the Authority.
  • Substantial knowledge and understanding accounting and financial procedures and the ability to present these so that they are understood.
  • High level interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, able to present complex financial information in an appropriate format and targeted to specific audiences.                            
  • Able to create innovative solutions to complex problems, consistently exhibiting decisiveness, adaptability and the ability to work without supervision, to a high standard and within tight timescales and deadlines.
  • Formal evidence of project management skills, such as successful completion of a formal training course and experience gained on specific projects.

We are looking start someone in the next couple of weeks so if you would like to be considered please do sendus a copy of your CV and we will be n contact.