Senior Accountant (Service Finance)

London Borough of Islington
£39,462 - £45,594 p.a.
Closing date
9 Jan 2022

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Local government, Borough councils, Local council

Be Islington

We're determined to make Islington fairer. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

We have an ambitious new goal – to be the best council in the country – and this means raising the bar, so that every employee understands the part they play and is inspired, focused and supported to give their very best.

We ask our employees to ‘Be Islington’, playing their part in working together for a fairer borough and to always be collaborative, ambitious, resourceful and empowering.

Our refreshed behaviours, spell out the word CARE, which we think sums up what public service is all about.  It’s essential that you demonstrate these behaviours in all your working practices.

The Role

We are seeking a self-motivated finance professional to join the Corporate Accountancy Team and take responsibility for the VAT function. The post will give the right candidate the opportunity to gain invaluable experience across a range of key corporate finance areas. We don’t expect VAT to be the entire focus of the post, regular support will also be given to the Revenue and Capital areas of the Corporate Accountancy Team. Therefore the capacity to work flexibly and under great pressure is essential as this is a demanding and challenging role. The successful candidate will require a high level of technical expertise, along with the ability to interpret complex and evolving legislation and the commitment to keep abreast of changes in accounting requirements pertaining to Local Government and VAT.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Qualified CCAB or actively studying CCAB (preferably CIPFA)
  • Experience in a professional finance environment, with a sound understanding of Local Government policies and legislation.
  • Knowledge and experience of working on the Statement of Accounts for a Local Government body and working within the VAT function for a similar organisation.

If you believe you have the desired skills and qualities we would like to hear from you.

In return you will benefit from exceptional career enhancing opportunities whilst working in a flexible and innovative environment where the individual is valued as much as the team.

Islington Council offers an excellent benefits package which includes:

  • Flexible working, promoting a healthy work-life balance
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Staff discounts in leisure, travel, health services and goods

Closing date: Sunday 9th January 2022 at 23:59.

Interview date: w/c Monday 24th January 2022.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact: Alex Howarth (Principal Accountant) on 020 7527 2675 or via email at

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