SENIOR FINANCE BUSINESS ADVISOR – CHILDREN’S & SCHOOLS

Location
Ealing, London (Greater)
Salary
£53,478 - £56,496 pa inclusive
Posted
22 Jun 2017
Closes
20 Jul 2017
Ref
EJR007829
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

SENIOR FINANCE BUSINESS ADVISOR – CHILDREN’S & SCHOOLS
£53,478 - £56,496 pa inclusive
Grade 16
Ref: EJR007829

Finance in Ealing Council is changing. We are moving towards a professional services approach including quality assurance, matrix working and accelerating pace, moving away from traditional accounting and embedding our vision of “Inspiring Excellence”. It is certainly a time of great opportunity and this role promises a challenge with many rewards.

This key role in Finance seeks to help drive performance improvements across the council. It is a fast paced, exciting, varied, and challenging role, which requires a motivated individual who enjoys a challenge. 

You will:

  • Work effectively with your Children’s and Schools Service client to provide high quality financial advice so that this service’s priorities are delivered within available resources;
  • Take shared responsibility for the delivery of the service’s contribution to the council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy;
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting of Service Clients’ capital and revenue, income and expenditure through precise budget monitoring, budget setting and production of the authority’s final accounts;
  • Establish business partnering with Service Clients, ensuring open, active and continuous dialogue that ensures deep knowledge of the service;
  • Build relationships and high level of financial literacy that promotes positive cultural change;
  • Deliver inspirational leadership to your finance team so that they are motivated and high performing;
  • Work collaboratively with the Finance senior management team to ensure core financial functions make a valuable contribution to the council and the community it serves.

As an ambitious finance professional, you will hold a full CCAB/CIMA qualification and have a strong background in local government finance. With experience in managing children’s and schools finance, including detailed and up to date Dedicated Schools Grant knowledge, you will also be an expert at developing and monitoring achievement of budgets, including the analysis and interpretation of output information in order to help deliver savings and improved outcomes.

A great technical understanding of robust saving provision, financial management, financial modelling and an innovative and creative approach to problem solving is essential. Preferably, you will also have worked within a business partnering environment, including matrix management, or at least have an awareness of what is required to deliver the outcomes of this partnering model. As well as knowledge of legislation and accounting standards, you will understand the accounting codes of practice governing local authority accounts and financial procedures.

Using cutting edge financial practice to successfully deliver improved financial services in a complex organisation, you must be able to lead, inspire and develop a finance team which is customer focused and driven by excellence and continuous improvement. And, as well as brilliant team leadership management skills, you will also have the ability to present complex financial issues to non-accountants.

For further information on this post, please contact Chris Neale by calling 07834 341891.

Ealing council is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Ealing follows safer recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.  The post holder will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This post is subject to Ealing's enhanced vetting process.

Closing date: Thursday 20 July 2017

For further information and/or to apply please visit www.ealing.gov.uk/jobs