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Head of Corporate Finance & Deputy CFO

Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove Town Hall
£69,820 - £76,538
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

Job introduction

Are you an experienced and effective manager? Do you have a passion for supporting local services and helping councils to optimise the use of their finite resources? Are you able to lead and co-ordinate complex cyclical financial processes?

If so, we would love to hear from you for our Head of Corporate Finance and Deputy CFO role.

Strategic financial advice and planning is of critical importance to the council and its members, so we are looking for someone who is an experienced Strategic Business Partner able to provide financial advice and analysis at the highest levels of the organisation.

You will be joining a diverse, friendly, and professional team. The finance service at Brighton & Hove City Council is performing well, is highly respected and has strong customer satisfaction results. It is operating in an environment of increasing financial complexity and increasing demands for higher level advice.

For an informal discussion, please contact Nigel Manvell, CFO, on 07717 315606.

Interview date: To be confirmed mid-July.

About the role

This high-profile role is key to helping the council navigate through the financial challenges it faces, including increasing demands for services within finite resources. The role has a strong corporate focus including leading the annual budget setting process for council services and overseeing multi-year financial planning.

You will be responsible for writing and presenting board/committee-level financial reports and briefings in an accessible manner for Councillors, Directors or other Senior Leaders.

To deliver this, you will have:

  • Substantial experience in delivering financial services within a large, complex organisation and the ability to work at scale.
  • An adaptable, transparent approach, and you will use your ability to influence and collaborate with diverse council colleagues and partners to help the council to achieve its priorities.
  • The ability to work in a political environment and form positive working relationships with Councillors, Directors, and other Senior Leaders.
  • Be skilled in strategic financial planning and reporting, analysing and interpreting financial data.
  • Lead a Corporate Finance team providing support to the council including co ordination and oversight of budget monitoring, treasury management, capital investment and financing, taxation and medium-term financial planning.

Why us?

  • You will have the opportunity to work in a diverse, high-performing finance service.
  • You will be able to work flexibly, including some working from home.
  • The team and service is supportive, friendly, and sociable.
  • In our last staff survey, staff rated the service positively as a fair and inclusive place to work where they are treated fairly as an individual.

Please read our Apply for a job at the council ( pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

This role is politically restricted. For further information on what this means for employees in post, please click on the document attachment below.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (

Company information
Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds.

In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (

Closing date: Apply by 10 July 2024.

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