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Principal Accountant Pensions

London Borough of Tower Hamlets
£53,574.00 - £56,754.00
Closing date
17 Oct 2021

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The Tower Hamlets Council Pension Fund, part of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), has a total membership of over 22,000. Our aim is to provide members and employers with an accurate, timely and personal member-focused service.

About the role

Tower Hamlets Council are looking to appoint a Principal Accountant Pensions to support the Head of Pension Fund Investments in the management of the Pension Fund’s accounts, reconciliations and investments (£2.1bn+).

You will be dealing with performance, research, strategic issues, relationships with investment managers, responsible investment issues, influencing developments with London Collective Investment (LCIV), prepare Committee and Board papers and reporting.

Principal Accountant Pensions you will review processes around the accounting and investments of the Pension Fund, and implement innovative and efficient solutions to problems whilst project managing the production of the accounts and annual report, and the budget setting and monitoring process. From time to time you will assist with treasury management strategy and daily treasury investments for the council.

About you

You will be a Qualified accountant (e.g. CIPFA, ACA etc), with significant experience post qualification experience at a senior level. An investment qualification e.g. Investment Management Certificate is desirable but not essential. You will have evidence of continued professional development and hold at least 5 years post qualification experience.

You will have Significant experience of pension fund accounting and implementation of CIPFA Code of Practice and full understanding of the principles of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). You will have expert technical understanding of pension fund investments, and knowledge of monitoring investment services and understanding of strategic investment issues, including experience of managing the strategic asset allocation. You will also have significant experience and knowledge of local government treasury management.

An enthusiastic project manager with excellent analytical skills, you will have demonstrated the ability to solve problems and develop innovative, streamlined solutions and can show a record of delivering tangible results in a complex environment.

Closing date: 17th October 2021 11:59pm

For an informal discussion please contact Miriam Adams, Interim Head of Pensions & Treasury on 0207 364 4248

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Application Details

This post is open to the following types of applicants: Redeployees/ Internal/External

 If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees

All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.

Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website


Tower Hamlets is one of the UK's most culturally vibrant and diverse areas. The borough is densely populated, with over 200,000 people living in eight square miles at the heart of London's East End. Some 49 per cent of residents are from black and minority ethnic communities. We have Investors in People status, have achieved the highest level of the Equality Framework for Local Government and are committed to recruiting a workforce to reflect our community. 

Challenges do still remain and deprivation and poverty is present in the area, providing a stark contrast to the wealth and prosperity that has grown around Canary Wharf and the City fringes. 

The Council is making capital investment of some £300 Million over the period 2014/15 to 2016/17 and there are a number of high profile capital projects being designed and delivered during this period. We are seeking people with ambition, creativity and commitment to ensure our economic growth and capital investment provides benefits for everyone and create opportunities to transform the lives of local residents. 

Against this background, a professional, independent and objective internal audit service is vital for promoting good governance across the Council.  

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