Project Accountant

£42,899 - £47,480 per annum (potential market supplement for the right candidate)
04 Jan 2018
04 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Southampton is an exciting and growing city, and the council is at the forefront of driving this regeneration and change

As a council we are going through a period of exciting change and are looking for two Project Accountants to help support key improvement work.  This includes supporting the implementation of a new enterprise resource platform (Agresso). The Finance Service are spearheading the development of a council led energy company, the formation of a new, wholly owned trading company, and a city based house building company.

You will be working with the wider finance team supporting and enabling the delivery of high quality services to the residents, business and visitors to the city of Southampton and will have responsibility for managing and motivating a high performing team of Financial Analysts.

As the first point of contact for finance at project board level, you will be responsible for providing constructive challenge, assurance and recommendations to the council’s senior leaders.

The successful applicant will be a fully qualified accountant with experience of working within the Local Government Sector (or similar large complex organisation) and extensive programme management & financial modelling skills. You will provide excellent customer service and have the confidence to build good relationships with stakeholders and work collaboratively with different departments.

Project Accountant – System:

The Council are currently embarking on the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Programme (ERP) system and this role will be a key stakeholder on the project board. You will ensure the integrity of the financial systems and process requirements are met, in conjunction with the needs of the Services in accessing and processing information are represented.

You will lead the development and ensure the integrity of the financial system and processes reviewing the requirement of this system as a fundamental financial system and supporting organisational change to ensure that the financial system and processes are fit for purpose and ensuring that information is clear and accessible.

You will provide the client role for the development of financial systems liaising with the council’s IT Team.

Project Accountant – Non System:

You will lead on the development and updating of standard business modelling procedures to be utilised by the Finance Service.  This will include the analysis of risk and dynamic financial and non-financial benefit tracking to underpin strong financial performance.

You will have significant input into the development and implementation of the council’s commercialisation agenda helping to recommend and support moves into new business areas, liaising with Finance Business Partners and advising on the most efficient company structures and other related financial matters.

The first of the significant, commercialisation projects is the setting up of a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCo) for the provision of a number of front line services. The post holder will have significant input in supporting this project from developing and building the financial business case to reviewing pricing models and ensuring financial controls and performance criteria are established and monitored.

Southampton City Council

We are a leader in local government and are recognised for our innovation, initiative, leadership, service, quality and support for our people as we deliver improved outcomes for local people. We pride ourselves on employing and retaining quality professionals / staff whilst maintaining an environment where every member of staff feels valued and part of the wider “One Council” team.

The Finance and Commercialisation Team is a key part of Southampton City Council’s Strategy hub. We 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 offer a wide range of benefits which includes:

  • Discounted  car parking within the city
  • Flexi time
  • Work-life balance initiatives
  • Competitive salary
  • Professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • Cycle scheme
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme

If you think that you are ready for a new challenge, and one of these roles is for you then we would love to hear from you or you can visit Southampton City Council  to apply

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Mel Creighton, Service Director for Finance and Commercialisation 023 8083 4897 or Sue Cuerden, Service Lead Corporate Planning & Commercialisation on 023 8083 4153

Closing date: Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 23:55pm

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