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Senior Programme Accountant (Children's Services) 67160 FNJE

Norfolk County Council
County Hall, Norwich
£49,008 to £54,111 per annum
Closing date
4 Jul 2021

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If you have an accountancy background along with the desire and aptitude to take on a broader role, partnering with business and project teams to drive through transformational change programmes, then we think we have a brilliant opportunity here at Norfolk County Council.

Norfolk County Council are the main local authority for Norfolk providing services countywide to Norfolk residents. We take a lead in critical policy areas, and we work in partnership with local businesses, voluntary organisations and other local authorities in order to provide the people of Norfolk with excellent services.

Although part of our broader financial community, this role will be embedded within Children’s Services, one of our most important services and one that is currently on an ambitious transformational change journey that will improve outcomes for children, young people and families across Norfolk. You’ll use your relationship building and influencing skills, combined with your accountancy background, to help shape, transform and evolve our services. This role will be key to the successful delivery of a wide reaching change programme, as you will keep project budgets on track, help shape key investment decisions, and play a vital role in providing challenge, support, perspective and innovation from a financial perspective.

The core focus of this role is to provide dedicated financial support to the Children’s Services change programme, which in practise means you’ll have a broad range of responsibilities, and a real opportunity to help people, influence decisions, and have a big impact on the programme success. Day to day, you’ll support staff with the creation of business cases and project documentation, and you’ll need to be able to balance both challenge and support as we seek to ensure our investment of taxpayer monies is based on strong evidence and offers value for money. You’ll work closely with the service department, the wider finance team, and external partners to monitor and evaluate the financial benefits associated with the changes we are undertaking. At times you’ll investigate specific topics in detail, and at other times you will need to be able to exhibit a more strategic approach and mindset.

To be considered for the role, you’ll need to be a qualified accountant at CCAB level, plus have demonstrable experience working in a professional capacity, ideally in a large, complex environment. Equally important is your ability to build relationships, support business cases, influence decisions, provide challenge and communicate effectively at all levels. You’ll need to be flexible and adaptable in your approach, and pragmatic and proactive in your attitude. And you’ll need resilience to deal with setbacks, tenacity to overcome challenges, and the ability to remain focused at all times on providing effective solutions and ensuring programme success.

We know we’re asking for a lot, but in return we think we have a lot to offer. There’s the role itself, which offers a really diverse range of challenges, plus the opportunity to truly make a positive impact and contribute to long term positive change. Then there’s the working environment at Norfolk County Council, where we put work life balance at the forefront and offer flexible, smarter working arrangements, all underpinned by leading edge technology. There’s also our physical environment in Norfolk, where you will be surrounded by a unique blend of beaches, broads, countryside and culture, and will be able to make a positive impact on people every day.

We might be biased, but we think it’s a great role in a great place. If you’re still reading, and you think you have what it takes, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy please contact Dawn Filtness, Finance Business Partner, on 01603 228834 or Miles Fox-Boudewijn, Head of Transformation, on 01603 224230.

All our office-based roles are currently working from home as part of our Smarter Working plans and to support the health and safety of all our colleagues. We anticipate that working remotely will be a key feature of this role and when offices re-open your office base will be County Hall, Norwich. Our technology platform and equipment are first class, enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We ask that you have in place good Broadband connectivity.

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Please quote job reference: 67160 FNJE

Closing date: 4 July 2021

Interviews will take place week commencing 19 July 2021, via video technology.

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