Deputy Group Accountant (Financial Reporting)
Following significant investment in its financial systems and processes over the past two years, Cornwall Council is looking for an experienced professional to lead its Financial Reporting Team.
You will lead the Council’s annual financial close process and the production of its statement of accounts and statutory returns, including day to day liaison with internal and external audit. In support of this, the role also carries responsibility for ensuring that the Council’s accounts are maintained in accordance with the regulatory framework for local government accounting and identified best practice and for ensuring that organisational developments at the Council are properly reflected in the accounts.
Wider responsibilities include the provision of technical accounting support and advice to Finance and the wider organisation and management of the Financial Reporting Team of six.
You will have an extensive, detailed and up to date knowledge and understanding of the law, regulation and best practice in relation to financial accounting and local government finance. You will have several years experience of guiding and implementing policy in this area.
You will have experience of running a large and complex closure of accounts process, including the production of HRA, Collection Fund and group accounts. You will be able to demonstrate success in producing a quality statement of accounts within the statutory deadlines and with positive audit feedback.
You will also have knowledge of financial systems design and operation to define coding requirements and data quality processes to provide assurance on information held for financial reporting.
You will be CCAB qualified, with substantial post qualification experience at a senior level in Local Government along with previous experience of staff supervision. You will demonstrate strong leadership and change management skills together with the drive and enthusiasm to build on recent improvements in the Council’s performance in this area.
Cornwall Council’s Finance Service enables the Council to achieve its objectives by ensuring that it has integrated financial, business planning and reporting processes, effective and timely financial support and advice, a strong financial control environment and risk management across all services.
The Financial Reporting Team is part of the Technical and Compliance section of Finance, which also includes the Financial Systems Support Team, the Reconciliation Team and the Income Team.
The role of the Financial Reporting Team is to ensure that the Council maintains its accounts to a high standard of accuracy and completeness and is able to produce reported financial information, including the annual statement of accounts, within the deadlines and to the level of quality required by stakeholders.