Project Accountant

Starting salary £42,899 leading to £47,480
03 Oct 2017
20 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

With a population nearing 250,000, Southampton is recognised as the commercial, cultural and retail capital of the South Coast. It is a diverse and thriving economy, along with a mild climate, wealth of countryside and its proximity to the sea, it has to be one of the best places to live and work in the UK.


Starting salary £42,899 per annum leading to £47,480 per annum

The Finance and Commercialisation Team is a key part of Southampton City Council’s Strategy Hub. The team provide strategic, financial and commercial services and advice to ensure the council’s planning and operational activity is delivered in sustainable and cost-effective ways. We work in collaboration with operational teams and partners to ensure financial and commercial services deliver the agreed outcomes in our medium and long term financial strategies.

We are going through a period of exciting change and we would like you to join us on this journey.

You will support and enable the delivery of high quality services to the residents, businesses and visitors to the city of Southampton. You are responsible for providing productive challenge, assurance and recommendations to senior leaders in Southampton City Council, in particular Service Directors, by ensuring the completeness and quality of financial information regarding strategic and transformational projects. This will include the development and updating of standard business modelling procedures to be utilised by the rest of finance including the analysis of financial risk and dynamic financial and non-financial benefit tracking to underpin strong financial performance.

The key focus for you will be providing strategic and financial decision support to strategic programme managers including reviewing the impact of medium term financial plans and financial governance. In addition the roles will lead the development and ensure the integrity of the financial systems and processes as well as managing and motivating a high performing team of Financial Analysts.

One of the posts will have a systems focus.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will be CCAB/CIMA Qualified with a Prince 2 Practitioner Qualification or extensive programme management and modelling experience. Ideally you will be from the Local Government sector and have experience in developing and maintaining financial systems and processes. You will also need to demonstrate your experience in team management and be able to build strong relationships with others. Excellent level of IT literacy is a must.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post please contact Mel Creighton, Service Director Finance and Commercialisation on 023 8083 4897 

The closing date for applications is 11.55pm on 20th October 2017.