Finance Business Partner
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.
Working collaboratively across the council, you’ll be responsible for providing support and high-quality advice on budget setting, planning and projects to all levels of management and politicians. You’ll be influencing key decisions around costs and risks, as well as drawing on your insight to advise on improving efficiencies and reducing costs across the council. As an experienced financial expert, you’ll provide direction on financial strategies, policy standards and the best practices to help us achieve our strategic objectives.
You’ll need to have a full CCAB qualification and evidence of your continuing professional development. Communication skills are vital for this role, as you’ll be working collaboratively with both internal and external partners, as well as across disciplines and with senior management. Ideally you’ll have experience of financial management in the public sector and you’ll have knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards. With a strong focus on improving performance and delivery, you’ll always be seeking out opportunities to provide innovative solutions and open to experimenting with new ways of working in the pursuit of better value and outcomes. 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.
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 around 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.
All candidates will be expected to attend an open evening in London on 22nd of 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.