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Group Accountants

Bristol City Council
£40,221 - £47,420 depending on experience
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

Job Details

We are looking to recruit CCAB qualified or part qualified accountants to join us in a Group Accountant role.

This role is a career grade development post and we are seeking individuals who are enthusiastic about completing their qualification, or having completed your qualification in further developing your knowledge and skills with us, and at the more advance level of the role to be taking principal ownership of areas. We are therefore looking for CCAB or equivalent part or fully qualified applicants.

As a fundamental part of the finance team, our group accountants take responsibility for monitoring, advice, analysis and reporting over a wide range of areas giving great exposure and experience, including; budget setting, in-year reporting, outturn, statement of accounts, subsidiaries, projects, grants, transformation and improvements.

Depending on the area of the business and the level of your experience, there may be management responsibility for Accounting Technicians, Accounting Support Officers and Apprentices.

You will have, and will be developing on, your sound technical knowledge, along with excellent communication skills, with the ability to navigate conversations across a range of different stakeholders and as such will be able to outline experience of working in a financial setting.  You will have a logical approach to  problem-solving to address the challenges that you will encounter and that will stretch your learning and experience. Additionally, you will be confident in your ability to work on your own initiative; to be a team player and to cope with the competing work demands in a methodical and calm manner.

Bristol City Council's Finance Team

We are excited to be bringing to the market several finance roles. In addition to these Group Accountants, we also have Finance Business Partner and Finance Manager opportunities.

These opportunities reflect a period of review and change, with transformation happening across the Council and reflected within the finance function.

We have seen a strengthening of the Council’s finance resource with the appointment of two new Heads of Service, to drive forward a structure with increased strategic finance resources, which has led to us being able to move forward with substantive recruitment across a variety of roles within the finance team.

A key aspect of this change is to embed a business partnering approach across our financial management team and these roles are pivotal in enabling us to provide strategic advice and ensure budget holder engagement.

It’s a really exciting time to be joining the Bristol City Council Finance team, with a real opportunity to be at the frontline of transformation and improvement  across the council.

Why Bristol City Council?

Working for Bristol City Council is about more than just a job. We’re not about building profits to make money for someone else, we’re about supporting the development of our City, improving life chances and outcomes for our population. We’re clearly focused on making a difference to the people and the communities across the City.

We positively encourage productive, flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a variety of locations. The finance service has adopted a blended working policy which will allow you to spend a proportion of your time working remotely. There will be an expectation for you to attend the office according to business need, this is an evolving balance although currently our team have a mixed approach with a minimum of 1-2 days a month being based at City Hall.

Join us and you will receive an excellent rewards package including flexible working and flexitime, membership of the Local Government Pension scheme, and a generous annual leave allowance. In addition, you will be working in a supportive environment where you will have the chance to make Bristol a better place and contribute to its future.

For further information please click the Apply button to view the job description and person specification.

Please note that these roles are subject to a standard DBS check.

To Apply

Click Apply to submit your CV along with a covering letter which details how you meet the criteria within the attached person specification. 

We are reviewing applications on a regular basis so please apply as soon as possible.

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the city we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community.

Appointments will be made on merit.


Bristol is a city on the move, as one of the most successful core cities in the UK. We are committed to improving our services to our citizens as we face strong financial challenges. At the same time we’re looking to define our presence on the international stage, building on our status as European Green Capital 2015. This is a great time to make a real contribution to the development of the city and the services we provide to our citizens.

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