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Finance Manager (X6)

Employer
Croydon Council
Location
Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon
Salary
£62,748 to £65,025 per annum
Closing date
18 Aug 2024

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Croydon has faced significant challenges in recent years, in terms of the Council’s financial position and of course the pandemic challenge faced by every local authority.

This is a very exciting time to join Croydon as we move from the recovery and improvement phases to the transformational phase of our journey to bring the Council back to financial sustainability.

You will be helping to rebuild the Council, its finances, its governance, its culture and its services. The financial challenge is steep, but the Government has noted our strong progress, with a new Executive Mayor, Cabinet, Chief  Executive and Corporate Management Team, who all share a commitment to the task ahead and putting Croydon’s people first.

Croydon is a fantastic place; a vital part of London’s growth story with a strong identity in its own right and this is a rare chance to make genuine change in a place of great opportunity. What we do together over the next three years will help shape the future of one of London’s most diverse and exciting boroughs.

As a Finance Manager, you will be supporting the Heads of Strategic Finance and service directorates in the budget setting and managing process, to meet statutory and best practice financial requirements, and to promote the Council’s corporate competencies and values.

Following the recent restructure of the finance function, we are looking to appoint six Finance Managers across the following services: Adult Social Care & Health (x2); Sustainable Communities, Regeneration and Economic Recovery (x2) and Housing (x2).

Key responsibilities include:

  • To manage the financial and management accounting processes for a range of services covering revenue and capital. This includes council tax setting, budget preparation, budget monitoring and financial analysis.
  • To drive the improvement of financial processes and systems and the adoption of best practice in financial management.
  • To provide high quality advice to directors and key budget holders, through identifying key financial issues and identifying appropriate action based on established procedure. This includes ensuring a strong knowledge of financial frameworks.
  • To contribute to the wider agenda of the Council, ensuring that the wider objectives of the Directorate and Authority are met, including leading the team’s contribution to Council wide projects.
  • Acting as the day-to-day line manager for the assigned team members, through providing regular coaching and feedback.

To be suitable for the role you need to be a qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA or equivalent) or have extensive knowledge and experience of local government finance. You will have extensive knowledge and experience of budget setting, financial monitoring (capital and revenue) and closing the accounts.

You will also have substantial experience of successful financial management, financial planning, and budget preparation as well as delivering finance service improvements and supporting the delivery of strategic projects and initiatives.

For more information about the role please refer to our dedicated recruitment site Home | Croydon Council 0624 (allenlanerecruitment.wixsite.com) or for a confidential discussion contact Jack Murphy at Allen Lane – jackmurphy@allenlane.co.uk or 07921 335 786.

To apply, please submit your CV to croydon@allenlane.co.uk alongside a supporting statement (no more than 2 pages) stating why you are interested in applying, what you can bring to this role and highlighting your relevant experience and suitability.

The closing date is  Sunday 18th August 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Equal opportunities 

Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all  sections of the community. Subject to business needs, we will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements and support hybrid working, whereby staff attend the workplace for part of their working week and work from home, or elsewhere, remotely for the rest of the time.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role. 

Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

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