Principal Management/Financial Accountant

Wakefield, West Yorkshire
£42,683 to £45,591 Grade 12, 37 hours per week
31 Oct 2019
22 Nov 2019
Local council
Contract Type
Full Time

Principal Management/Financial Accountant

Location: Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB

Salary: £42,683 to £45,591, Grade 12, 37 hours per week



• A competitive salary

• Generous annual leave entitlement

• Access to an occupational pension scheme

• A range of employee benefits including; healthcare, public transport and gym memberships discount


An exciting opportunity has arising for a CCAB qualified accountant. We are looking for individuals with a strong accounting knowledge, the ability to interpret and analyse complex legislation and a robust understanding of financial processes and procedures, which are needed to provide support, advice and guidance to Council services.


The successful applicant will possess excellent communication skills and be able to work both independently and as part of a wider team. This role will also involve management of staff so strong leadership and management skills are also essential.


Key aspects of the role include:

•Advising Service Directors, Service Manager and operational Budget Holders on the implementation of corporate financial initiatives, budget processes & procedure rules.

•Provision of professional financial advice on service issues including policy developments or changes in service delivery. To attend appropriate meetings and working groups.

•Coordination with the Group Finance Manager, and liaison with accountancy and operational managers, on the production of both revenue and capital estimates and final accounts, in accordance with statutory and best practice requirements, whilst ensuring auditable systems and procedures are in place to demonstrate adherence to policies.

•Managing and develop staff through individual performance appraisal in such a way as to encourage innovation.

•Ensuring accurate and timely submission of grant claims to protect/maximise the financial position of the Council as well as ensuring the accurate and timely provision of information to other agencies including Central Government, CIPFA, ESFA etc.

•Assisting the Group Finance Manager to secure proper financial administration across the Council including optimisation of the Council’s resources.

•Deputising in the absence of the Group Finance Manager including attendance at Financial Management Team meetings, Directorate Management Team meetings and budget clinics.


For an informal discussion please contact Caroline Carter, Group Finance Manager, Children & Young People on 01924 306131.


Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and vulnerable adults are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults whilst promoting their welfare. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility.


For further information and to apply online please select the following link


Job reference: 226330

Application closing date: 22/11/19



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