Senior Financial Accountant

Chelmsford, Essex
£50,000 – £61,000
31 Jan 2018
04 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Essex County Council is one of the largest, most reputable local authorities in the UK. Not only is it one of the largest, but it is one of the most dynamic, with a strong reputation for innovation and is a £2 billion organisation positively embracing change. By 2020, given Local Government reforms, we aim to be both self-financing and self-sufficient. It’s a significant change and a huge challenge. We’re committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. In turn we offer a great central location which is easily accessible to all road and rail links plus we’re immensely proud of our flexible working options. We don’t just want to make Essex County Council the best it can be, we are passionate about better lives for people in Essex.

The opportunity

Essex is a large and complex local authority and we have ambitious plans for transformation. Leading on aspects of financial accounting, treasury management, capital financing and tax, you will play an essential role in maintaining the Council’s financial government framework. In terms of specialisation, you will ensure that detailed timetables and work plans are in place and that all activity is completed in accordance with deadlines whilst complying with all relevant codes, standards and regulations. You play an active role in the Council’s grant system and support the external audit of the Council’s annual accounts. You will lead by example, creating an atmosphere of trust, respect and credibility and you will develop and deliver training to our team of financial professionals.

About you

In terms of your knowledge and skills, you will need a full CCAB qualification , a minimum of two years post qualification experience and have evidence of your continuing professional development. You will have a comprehensive understanding of, and experience interpreting and advising on, the accounting codes, standards and regulations that are relevant to local authorities. You will be strong communicator, with experience of working across multi-disciplinary teams and you will know how to establish credibility and use your influence within a large complex organisation. You will think radically, be open to innovating and always searching for new ways of working to help us achieve the best value for money. Plus we understand that life sometimes doesn’t always go according to plan and that there are times where work has to fit around you, which is why we are committed to ensuring flexible working options across all of our business units.

About us

At Essex County Council we have a vision to be a county where innovation brings prosperity and we are dedicated to improving the lives of our residents. With a total workforce of 7,500, Essex County Council is one of the largest county councils in the country and we truly believe our greatest asset is our people. They are fundamentally key to our current and future success.


We offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. It’s important to us that you have a healthy work/life balance, which is why we offer flexible working solutions. The package also includes a great central location, which is easily accessible to all road and rail links, a clear career path which will encourage gifted, committed individuals to grow with the opportunity for progression and promotion, a local government pension scheme, annual leave of up to 29 days per year, discounted shopping and much more.


To find out more information and apply, please click the apply button.

All candidates will be expected to attend an open evening in London on 22 March. 

To see all of the current vacancies within the finance function of Essex County Council please visit the Working for Essex website.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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