Assistant Director of Financial Services - Deputy S151

East of England Essex
£76600 - 83500 per year + great benefits
01 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Your New organisation

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is a unitary authority based in the heart of the town centre. This diverse and busy town has a great seafront, public parks and leisure activities, competitive house pricing and excellent travel links, accessible via two train lines from Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street. It offers traditional seaside living that makes it a fantastic place to live and work.

The Council delivers a wide range of vital services at the heart of the community, as well as investing in exciting and ambitious projects that keep Southend-on-Sea firmly on the map. The Council has high expectations for the future and is working with local partners and local communities to ensure we deliver our exciting ambition for what the Borough will be like by 2050

The finance team is at the heart of the council, they are currently going through a period of transformation and this newly created role will be leading and integrating the delivery of a range of financial services to add value, drive change and facilitate the ambitions of Southend-on-Sea.

Your new role.

As the Assistant Director of Financial Services and the Deputy S151 Officer of the Council you will lead a dedicated team, providing support, adding value and guidance through strategic and operational advice. You will provide an effective finance business partnering service for all budget holders, ensuring full integration with the overall Southend 2050 ambition and focussed on delivering the priority outcomes of the Council. 

You will be expected to lead and develop an effective Medium Term Financial Strategy, that delivers an outcome focussed balanced and sustainable budget.  Your team will also produce the annual statement of Accounts and manage the external audit process.  You will also manage the Councils Capital Investment programme, Treasury Management Function, Insurance arrangements and provide oversight and support to the Revenues and Benefits Service.

What you'll need to succeed

You must be a qualified accountant, with extensive experience in Local Government organisations at a senior level.  Leading a large team of over 100 means the post requires someone with great interpersonal skills, as well as the technical ability to lead the production of the Statement of Accounts and Budgets. 

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is looking for someone to drive positive change whilst delivering results, leading by example to build great relationships within the organisation and beyond. In addition the role is an ideal step for someone aspiring to be a S151 officer.

What you'll get in return

They are offering a competitive salary starting from circa £76,600 to £83,500 dependant on experience. When joining Southend Borough Council, you can enjoy a range of benefits including: flexible working, salary sacrifice scheme and excellent training and development opportunities, plus an excellent pension scheme. A full list of benefits can be viewed on the Southend Council–Hays website

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV and a cover letter, or call Lucy West at Hays on 01206 586405.

Closing date 25th October 2020

Shortlisting w/c 26th October 2020

 If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position with Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career. The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit

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