In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ.
Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.
All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.
About the Role
The role purpose is to deliver, manage and develop the Financial Reporting function across Sutton and Kingston Councils. This will include:
- Leading work across team boundaries to ensure the Statement of Accounts for both Councils are produced accurately and on time
- Ensure the Financial Reporting function is complying with statutory requirements and deadlines
- Delivering subject matter expertise on all financial reporting and accounts closure requirements
The Financial, Reporting & Control team brings together corporate accountancy, financial systems as well as cash and control functions. The team's purpose within the Shared Service is to ensure the financial system, and the information within it, is ready to meet the needs of users, such as finance colleagues, budget holders and Directors. It is a shared service that supports two councils: the London Borough of Sutton, and Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. The team also produces a number of statutory returns for both Councils, including the Statement of Accounts, the Revenue Outturn forms and Whole of Government Accounts.
Essential experience and skills are:
- to be a CCAB or equivalent qualified accountant
- to have detailed knowledge and experience of closing the financial accounts for a large local authority, including liaison with External Audit
- Proven experience of using IT in a business environment, including: Google applications, Microsoft applications and financial software packages
- Experience of managing change and developing and delivering proposals for the continuous and cost-effective improvement to service delivery
Desirable knowledge and skills are:
- knowledge of financial reporting requirements for a Local Authority, Authority owned companies, and other alternative delivery models
- experience of leading or providing financial support to change programmes and business improvement initiatives
- experience of managing and small / medium sized team.
Capabilities and behaviours we are looking for include:
- excellent data analysis and numeracy skills, with a methodical and proactive mindset
- excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing, with the ability to discuss and present finance concepts with non-finance people
- ability to motivate staff to work in a continuously flexible, streamlined and effective way
- enthusiastic and empathetic approach to coaching, mentoring and inspiring colleagues using high levels of emotional intelligence to achieve high standard of personal and team performance
Our Offer To You
As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.
In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.
Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:
- Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
- Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
- Comprehensive learning and development programme
- Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
- Interest free season ticket loans
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Car parking scheme
- Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
- Zip car scheme
- Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
- Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
- Subsidised gym membership
Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.
To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.
We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.
The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. Due to the ongoing situation, interviews for short listed candidates will take place virtually through video technology for the foreseeable future.
The majority of staff will also continue to work from home, where possible, in line with Government Guidance.