Finance Officer

Gravesend, Kent
£29,233 - £31,019
04 Jun 2019
24 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 95,000 people and 3,000 businesses. Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.

Gravesham Borough Council is now seeking to recruit a Finance Officer to join its Financial Services Team. The successful candidate will play a key role in the delivery of an effective and efficient customer-focused accountancy function, with the post focusing on the key financial processes of budget monitoring and budget-setting for revenue services, as well as assisting with final accounts.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to fulfil these roles with proven analytical and numerical skills and previous experience of financial administration, including working with and interrogating financial systems. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication, organisation and IT skills with a working knowledge of Windows Office applications, in particular Excel, Word and Outlook.  To be successful in this role you should have an awareness of Local Government Finance and have the ability to meet deadlines working under pressure both as an individual and as a member of a team.

Applicants should be educated to at least GCSE level (or equivalent), with a minimum of four at grade C and above including Mathematics and English, whilst holding a part accountancy qualification, or similar vocational or business qualification is desirable.

Your position within this friendly and professional team will provide you with the opportunity to contribute to the continuous development and improvement of the Financial Service of the Council.

In return, we offer:

Childcare vouchers and discounts

Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. You can use vouchers to pay for a wide variety of childcare for children up to the age of 16. Discounts at selected retailers in the town centre and reduced membership at local Leisure Centres.

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.


In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help, whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.


A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, call Andrew Barnett, Principal Accountant, on 01474 337206.

Important Information:

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement Gravesham Borough Council is working towards equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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