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Senior Financial Controller

West Berkshire Council
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
From £55,513 to £69,060 per annum (Grade M)
Closing date
4 May 2024

Vacancy Description

Are you an experienced Financial Controller looking for a new challenge within a dynamic and forward-thinking local authority? West Berkshire Council is seeking a Senior Financial Controller to join our Finance and Property Service, reporting to the Acting Head of Finance & Property. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role in the financial management of our organisation and contribute to the delivery of high-quality services to our local community.

As the Senior Financial Controller, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading and managing the Financial Control team, ensuring the accurate and timely production of financial information
  • Overseeing the Council's financial systems and processes, driving continuous improvement and efficiency
  • Providing expert financial advice and guidance to senior managers and budget holders
  • Monitoring and reporting on the Council's financial performance, identifying risks and opportunities
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of financial strategies and policies

To excel in this role, you should have:

  • A professional accountancy qualification (CCAB or equivalent)
  • Extensive experience in financial management, ideally within a public sector or local authority setting
  • Strong leadership and people management skills, with the ability to motivate and develop a team
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a keen eye for detail
  • Sound knowledge of financial regulations, accounting standards, and budgetary control

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as:

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 30 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

This post is a Sensitive Post for the purpose of the Local Government Housing Act 1989 and the post-holder is therefore restricted from engaging in any prescribed political activities. In summary, this means that you are prohibited from holding political office and from involvement in any political activity within or outside the workplace. Full details of the restrictions can be found in the Council’s Policy and Guidance on Politically Restricted Posts.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Shannon Coleman-Slaughter on 01635 503225 or email

Join us at West Berkshire Council and make a positive impact in our local community. Apply now to be part of our dedicated team.

Equal Opportunities
The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

How to apply

Please now complete a short online application form. You will then be able to upload your CV, if you do not have a CV please download our full application form below, complete and upload that instead.

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This role has been identified as public-facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.

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