Senior Technical Accountant (Commercial & Treasury)

Location
Basildon
Salary
Band 7 (£31,353 to £34,703 per annum inclusive of Fringe)
Posted
19 Dec 2018
Closes
14 Jan 2019
Ref
RQ00877
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

SENIOR TECHNICAL ACCOUNTANT

Pay Band: 7 (£31,353 to £34,703 per annum inclusive of Fringe)

Ref no: RQ00877

THIS VACANCY IS OPEN TO INTERNAL & EXTERNAL APPLICANTS

(All posts are subject to the NJC conditions of service)

Hours: 36.25 hours per week

Permanent Contract

This Post Is Open To Job Share

Corporate Finance plays a major role in supporting effective management of Council finances and secure stewardship of Council funds. This is achieved by providing financial advice on all corporate and service developments in order to support corporate decision making arrangements. The Service is responsible for development of the Council's medium term financial strategy and the annual budget setting process to ensure effective delivery of the Corporate Plan. The Service also has to be flexible to meet the demands of legislative changes and is required to be reactive to client needs and external influences.

Corporate Finance consists of the following functions: Financial and Management Accounting; Treasury Management; Financial Performance Monitoring; Business Engagement; Income Controls; Financial Systems; Creditors; and Banking Arrangements.

This role is within the Financial Accounting Team which is responsible for the treasury functions of the Council including managing daily cashflows and the provision of management information. Support is provided for both the General Fund and Housing capital programmes. In addition to treasury and capital the team has responsibility for other technical areas, which include VAT, leasing, Financial Regulations and other one off special projects that arise from time to time. These projects can cover both General Fund and Housing issues.

The Financial Accounting Team is responsible for:

The timely and accurate production of the annual Statement of Accounts.

The HRA and Housing General Fund revenue and capital accounting.

The Housing and General Fund Services capital programmes and accounting for capital, including fixed asset accounting.

The prompt allocation of all Council income including reconciliation to underlying records.

Regular budgetary control with necessary reporting to senior management. Regular liaison with Cost Centre Managers on budget issues ensuring appropriate evidence of control is maintained.

Provision of accurate and timely financial management information to senior management and Members whilst working with Cost Centre Managers to find financial solutions to service priorities.

Policy, strategy and delivery in relation to Treasury Management (borrowing, investments cash flow, leasing and special financing).

Assisting with the preparation of Council Tax base and use of reserves to feed into the overall Council Tax Setting process.

Contributions to corporate governance in relation to Capital Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy, Annual Investment Strategy, Financial Regulations and Financial Procedure Notes.

Other work such as VAT, IFRS and Collection Fund.

This role will primarily deal with accounting for Councils subsidiary companies, dealing with the Treasury Management activities for the team and assisting with VAT work. In addition to this, the role will be an integral part of the Financial Accounting team and will be expected to assist with the team's wider work where required. As such, applicants will be expected to demonstrate experience in either producing accounts for private companies or dealing with technical accounting in a public sector setting.

You will need to be at least AAT part qualified with a record of improving service to customers and working to achieve pre-determined deadlines.  With strong technical accounting skills and the ability to handle large volumes of financial data we would like to hear from you.

Please click here to see the Job Description and Person Specification.

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Please note that if you are employed by an Agency with Basildon Borough Council, you will need to complete the External Application Form (via the 'Apply Online' button which is at the bottom of the advert).  It is important that you create a new User 'Name' and 'Password' if you have been accessing iTrent during your agency placement.

You can apply by visiting our website www.basildon.gov.uk/jobs and clicking on 'Apply Online'.

Basildon Borough Council is unable to accept CV applications, please complete our online application form. Please note, if you do not have access to a computer you could visit the Job Centre, Library or our own Customer Service Centre to apply. If you have any queries regarding this or any of our roles, please contact People and Change on 01268 207981 or human.resources@basildon.gov.uk.

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Good Luck with Your Application.

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