Assistant Director of Finance
County Hall, Exeter
Plan and influence the future of our County. As our new Assistant Director of Finance, you’ll play a key role in shaping and implementing the medium- and long-term strategic development and transformation of our Finance Services department here at Devon County Council. You’ll help to develop and maintain effective and compliant accounting processes and enable the Council to use our resources as efficiently as possible.
We’re looking for someone who can balance a strong understanding of local authority finance with a degree of business acumen; someone who can exert a considerable influence on the overall size, allocation, and achievement of our budgets, and make accurate estimates for the Council’s numerous income streams. This role isn’t without its challenges. In spite of a reduction in both investments and government funding, demand for our services continues to grow in an increasingly uncertain post-pandemic financial climate. Ever-changing professional standards and transitioning requirements mean frequent, highly complex adjustments to our processes are a necessity. As a result, we need an Assistant Director of Finance to provide impeccable financial planning so that we can achieve the right balance between services, council tax and our reserves.
As well as possessing a detailed knowledge and understanding of local authority accounting regulations, you’ll also have experience of working in the public sector. You’ll be experienced in managing change within a transforming team or organisation, capitalising on new opportunities, and developing a positive culture of performance management and improvement. We’d also like to see a proven ability to apply innovative solutions and respond positively to changing circumstances. Strong, and highly developed strategic and operational leadership skills are a must-have for this role. As the Assistant Director of Finance for Devon County Council, you’ll be responsible for managing financial systems for Authority functions and the Devon Pension Fund, as well as ensuring the quality and compliance of all our accounting processes. It’s essential that you have extensive knowledge of the Code of Practice on Local Authority, Service Reporting Code of Practice, and International Financial Reporting Standards (IGAAP).
For further information please contact our consultant Jordan Mumford at CIPFA Penna Public Sector Search Jordan.Mumford@penna.com M + ((0) 07873 625668
Closing date: Friday 11th February 23.59
Interview dates: 3rd & 4th March