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Assistant Chief Finance Officer - Revenues and Assessments

Employer
Buckinghamshire Council
Location
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Salary
GBP - GBP97650 per annum +
Closing date
16 Jun 2024
Reference
Buc11775

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Sector
Local government
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

 

Overview

We are firmly focused on shaping Buckinghamshire for current and future generations. That's why we're committed to maintaining robust and strategic financial management to ensure the delivery of high-quality services to all residents, communities, and businesses across the county.

And for that, we need strong, proactive leadership. We are looking for an experienced and ambitious finance leader to join us as our Assistant Chief Financial Officer - Revenues, Assessments and Payments. In this role, you will oversee the performance of the Revenues, Assessments, Payments and Finance Systems service and the delivery of high quality strategic aims, and assist both the Director of Finance and the Corporate Director for Resources in fostering the council's desired culture and objectives.

Salary up to £97,650 per annum

About us

Buckinghamshire Council is a relatively new organisation that combines the strengths and expertise of the previous five councils in the county to create positive change for local people, communities, and businesses. We are firmly focused on the future and have made a clear commitment to serve residents better and to provide stronger representation for Buckinghamshire, both locally and nationally.

Please see our recruitment information pack here:  Strategic Finance - 1 (pagetiger.com)

About the role

Working closely with Members and Corporate Management, you will be an active member of the Finance senior leadership team with collective responsibility for the managerial leadership of the function. In this role you will:

  • Develop and drive the long-term strategy and continuous improvement program, enhancing debt performance and collection while reducing the need for doubtful debt provision
  • Improve the performance of Financial Assessments and Deputies, enhance the performance of Accounts Payable, and optimize and consolidate Finance systems
  • Ensure the Council's financial practices comply with statutory regulations and legislation, maintaining high standards of corporate governance and financial control
  • Analyse the financial climate and market trends to create strategic financial plans for the Council
  • Interpret complex financial information and provide necessary updates and information
  • Manage the financial and procurement framework, coordinating council-wide financial tasks such as corporate financial performance reports
  • Balance the Council's corporate interests with local service needs, ensuring compliance with all financial, statutory, and constitutional requirements
  • Provide technical advice and support to the Council on issues related to the area of control
  • Deploy appropriate resources in support of major corporate and service projects and initiatives
  • Implement GDPR transparency requirements, including Privacy Notice, Subject Access Requests, and Data Protection Impact Assessments

About you

We're looking for someone who embodies a blend of exceptional qualifications and experience. The ideal candidate will possess substantial experience in delivering financial services within a large, complex authority and the ability to work at scale. An adaptable, transparent approach is a must, and you will use your ability to influence and collaborate with council colleagues and partners to drive transformational change, develop the culture, deliver our aspirations, and achieve the aims for Buckinghamshire.

Other information

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Sandra Marley- sandra.marley@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

This post is politically restricted under the terms of the Local Government Act 1989.

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • All unspent cautions and/or unspent convictions

For further information on how long it takes for cautions and convictions cautions to become spent, please refer to our guide on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (updated 2023) | Nacro

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Our values and culture

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are - Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

At Buckinghamshire Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that's why we're working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.

From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it's important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.

We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

About the Business Unit

Resources cover a wide range of specialisms, including Human Resources, Finance, ICT and Business Operations. Our main focus is supporting the other directorates to provide the best possible service to our residents. To do that, we have to make sure we have the right people in the right roles across the organisation. From our finance teams, working strategically to ensure the best value from public money; to HR keeping our employees healthy and happy, each service is vital in making sure Buckinghamshire Council has what it needs to run effectively and efficiently.

As well as providing high quality services to other areas of the Council, you could also be helping us build on the revenue which comes from our external clients. If you are ambitious, customer-focussed and bursting with new ideas, we want to hear from you.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme to those who are eligible and have passed their probation period. In addition to the opportunity to gain membership to Costco, we have discounted gym memberships, travel discounts with Arriva and much more.

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