Hammersmith & Fulham is a dynamic, diverse and exciting place to live and work. Sitting alongside four and a half miles of the River Thames and nestled between one of the world’s busiest airports, the City of London and London’s West End, the Borough is aiming to be the best place for business in Europe, as well as a thriving hub for the arts, culture, sports and leisure. Hammersmith & Fulham, like most local authorities, continues to face significant challenges. The Government’s austerity agenda has triggered funding cuts while at the same time demand for services has increased. During this time the importance of finance has only been reinforced as they seek to look for ever more efficient ways to make resources go further. This is an exciting time to join the finance team. Have undergone a re-structure there are a number of exciting opportunities to join a highly committed and innovative team, dedicated to building on their performance and contribution to the success of the borough and welfare of its residents.
This role reports to the Finance Manager and you will provide accounting support to budget holders responsible for the HRA (Housing Revenue Account). You will provide support in relation to all budget preparation and management reporting and represent the team at internal meetings.
This role requires someone who is fully competent managing budget setting and monitoring, producing costings for decision making, working closely with budget holders to support them to understand their budgets and variances. You will also be responsible for reconciling the housing rental income account. You will assist with co-ordinating the close of accounts and be able to write effective reports and communicate the content of any reports effectively to financial and non-financial personnel. Communication within the team will also be critical and the successful candidate should have the ability to spot potential issues and to address those so that issues are dealt with quickly and effectively.
You are likely to be studying towards an accounting qualification (CCAB or CIMA) or be AAT qualified. A track record of achievement in managing key elements of the budget cycle is desired, as is excellent IT skills – you must be proficient using the Microsoft suite of applications, in particular Excel and will ideally have Power BI analytical skills. An ability to build strong relationships with service managers is essential and you must be able to demonstrate the ability to influence and to genuinely support decision making. This role will suit someone with ambition and drive and some experience, or understanding of local government finance, will be a distinct advantage.
For more information on the role and how to apply please visit https://webmicrosites.hays.co.uk/web/lbhf or contact Jan McQuaker 07798 815734. The closing date for applications is 9th June.
Hammersmith and Fulham are offering a very flexible hybrid working environment.