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Head of Finance – Capital, Treasury & Commercial

Brent Council
London (Greater) - Hybrid
£73,041 - £85,257 plus benefits
Closing date
21 May 2024

Your new organisation 

This is a great time to join the finance team at London Borough of Brent. You will work with an outstanding leadership team and will join a highly committed and innovative team who are dedicated to building on their performance. Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make-up.

The Role

As a key member of the Council's core senior managers' group and this role supports the Capital Programme Corporate Function. You will be expected to take responsibility for key activities including:

  • Provision of advice directly to and manage relationships with Members, Corporate Directors and Senior Managers across the council, and to manage comparable relationships with major partners and contractors.
  • Development and implementation of the Council’s Capital, Investment and Treasury Management Strategy, and responsible for the Council’s approach to risk management.
  • Financial & Management Accounting and ad hoc Project Management, overseeing the implementation of new financial initiatives and working collaboratively across relevant functional areas within the business.
  • Provide added value analysis and insight to Heads of Service, Directors and Capital Board Chairs on all aspects of the Capital Programme’s financial performance, providing clear recommendations for improvement.
  • Manage significant budget areas, ensuring that effective internal control, governance and compliance is in place and that all external obligations being met.
  • Manage a team of c10 and support their development.
  • Be capable of deputising for the statutory chief finance officer (s151 officer).

What you need to succeed

You will be a qualified accountant (CCAB or CIMA - CIPFA would be a particularly beneficial) with strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills and a good understanding of local government finance. This role requires a highly skilled individual with a blend of technical, leadership and influencing skills across a broad strategic agenda. You will ideally have been a key contributor and driver in an organisation which has undergone significant business transformation with demonstrable success working collaboratively and proactively with Senior Managers and key stakeholders to improve an organisation’s financial performance. You should also be highly proactive with a detail-conscious approach and strong commercial acumen. A willingness to constructively challenge and question assumptions, underpinned by a solutions focused style is vitally important.

What you'll get in return 

Flexible working options are available. Hybrid working 

Benefits include;

  • Competitive salary
  • The opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlements starting from 33 days' holiday a year
  • A full range of family friendly policies, including generous maternity and paternity entitlements and childcare schemes
  • Flexible working patterns, including hybrid working 
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Good travel links in and out of Wembley and a range of cost-saving travel schemes
  • Access to My Brent Rewards, our dedicated website for staff with big brand discounts and local offers 
  • Work at the outstanding state-of-the-art Brent Civic Centre

Please note that applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please do not wait until the closing date to apply.

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