Interim Principal Accountant - Schools

London (Central), London (Greater)
£375-£425 Per day
24 Jul 2017
24 Aug 2017
Full Time


To be the Council’s subject expert in relation to schools finance and be the lead Finance Officer on the Schools Forum, providing the Forum with strategic financial advice in the best interests of both schools and the Council. To provide strategic financial advice to Head Teachers and Senior Managers on future models of service provision, budgets and budget modelling.

To lead the continuing development of schools finance, ensuring that:

  • Work for schools is undertaken successfully, to the highest professional standards, to the satisfaction of Head Teachers and at a profit to the Council
  • Work in relation to the Council’s own responsibilities is separately identified, carried out to the satisfaction of the Section 151 Officer and can clearly demonstrate value for money

The post holder is the Council’s strategic lead and subject expert in relation to schools finance, a highly complex and rapidly evolving area. It is essential that the post holder is highly respected and trusted by Head Teachers and by officers at all levels within the Council’s Support Challenge and Intervention Service, as well as by the management team of the People Directorate. This is fundamental to the success and sustainability of the Schools Finance team, as well as to the successful financial management of the schools the team supports


  • Qualified Accountant with experience in Dedicated Schools grants(DSG) experience
  • Substantial experience in carrying out all accounting functions (budgeting, monitoring, year-end closure, financial modelling) in a complex accounting environment
  • Experience of providing strategic financial advice in relation to schools finance
  • Extensive spreadsheet, word-processing and financial system IT skills
  • CCAB Qualified


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