Financial Accountant

Chelmsford, Essex
£38,000 – £46,000
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

This is your chance to play an important role in maintaining and delivering Essex County Council’s financial control and governance framework. Your role will be to ensure that the Council complies with the accounting codes, standards and regulations that apply to local authorities, including those related to UK duties and taxes. Your role will have a strong focus on Treasury Management and you will ensure the Council’s internal framework complies with the highest standards of financial governance. When needed you will be supporting on a range of projects and programmes across teams, and you will deliver training and technical guidance to support your team’s development. You will lead by example, creating an atmosphere of trust, respect and credibility in your role, as well as in your team and across the organisation.

About you

In terms of your knowledge and skills, you will need a full CCAB qualification, with evidence of your continuing professional development. You’re a strong, confident communicator with experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams. Someone who’s always looking for new challenges and opportunities and who provides creative and innovative solutions to existing ones. You enjoy challenging the status quo; you’re curious and flexible to the needs of the role, ready to get more involved where necessary to meet tight deadlines.

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 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.


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 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.

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