Trainee CIPFA Accountant

Portsmouth, Hampshire
On Appointment: Band 6 (£21,256 - £24,799 p.a.)
10 May 2019
16 Jun 2019
Local council
Contract Type
Full Time

Trainee CIPFA Accountant

Reference number - 2361-2906


Salary - On Appointment: Band 6 (£21,256 - £24,799 p.a.)

On Passing Certificate Level: Band 7 (£24,799 - £28,785 p.a.)

On Passing Diploma Level: Band 8 (£28,785 - £31,370 p.a.)

On Passing Final Strategic Level: Band 9 (£31,370 - £34,787 p.a.)

After 2 Years PQE: Band 10 (34,787 - £38,813 p.a.)

A comprehensive training package is available including paid study courses and study leave

37 hours per week

Closing time/date, 17:00, on the 16th of June 2019

Applications received after this may not be considered.

Interviews will be held on 18th of July 2019


What is the role?

This is a structured training post to become a qualified accountant of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA). Dependant upon examination exemptions you are eligible to apply for, training is expected to take between 2½ and 3 years.

You will work within finance teams providing the full range of specialist advice and technical support to services within the organisation commensurate with the stage you are at within your formal training programme. The programme will culminate with the “Final Test of Professional Competence” in order to qualify for membership of CIPFA and to practice as an accountant at Portsmouth City Council.

You will contribute to the full range of accountancy, finance and audit work within the City Council and will undertake work placements within devolved and central finance teams and Internal Audit whilst undertaking formal training to achieve membership of CIPFA.

The Council recognises that accountancy training is challenging. Successful completion of the CIPFA examinations requires significant personal effort on your behalf. Accordingly it is appropriate for the Council to provide significant support by way of time off to study and prepare for examinations, but equally it is expected that trainees will invest a significant amount of their own time to study. As you progress through your training the Council will seek to broaden and deepen work experience so by the time the Strategic Level is reached you can demonstrate that you are a competent accountant and potential manager.

Training will be in form of academic study (at a London college) and a formalised programme of in-house training and work experience.

This post will report to the Deputy Director of Finance.

Who is the person?

You need to:

1.    Have a degree or full membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians or be CCAB part qualified. Also have Mathematics and English GCSE’s at grade C or equivalent

2.    Have a willingness to learn and the determination to succeed both academically and professionally

3.    Be computer literate - have a good standard of Excel spreadsheet skills and be proficient in the use of Word and Outlook.

4.    Have good organisational skills and be able to prioritise work & concentrate time on the most important matters to meet competing deadlines.

5.    Be analytical

6.    Be confident and an effective communicator both verbally and written

7.    Have a positive attitude

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