Ref. 56996

Chief Accountant

  • Location: Redditch, England
  • Salary: £34.27 - £34.27 per hour
  • Type: Temporary / Full Time

Seven Resourcing is working with Redditch Borough Council to recruit for a Chief Accountant within their Finance and Corporate Services.

37 hours per week.

Pay negotiable depending on experience.

Job Purpose:

To be responsible for and accountable to the Financial Services Manager for the programming, administration, quality and control of the work of the Business Support team and the Technical Accounts, including Treasury Management function.


To mentor and assist the Technical Accountant in the preparation of the Statement of Accounts required in accordance with current accounting International Financial Reporting Standards and the Statement of Recommended Practice or equivalent.

To ensure that the Final Accounts Timetable is developed, roles and responsibilities are clear and deadlines are achieved.

To provide a robust performance management framework in relation to final accounts and budget monitoring

To assist with the Co-ordination of General Fund Estimates and Housing Revenue Accounts and to maintain all corporate budgets. To ensure all budgets are correctly loaded onto the ledger in a timely manner.

To monitor the progress of identified savings in budgets and report any variances to the Financial Services Manager

To liaise with external auditors with regard to approval of annual Statement of Accounts and changes in accounting requirement and systems

To administer the overhead management system and calculate recharges to all Council services.

To oversee the maintenance of the Council ‘Fixed Asset Register’ to ensure that the depreciation charge is correctly maintained and charged in a timely fashion. To ensure all records are maintained in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards and the Statement of Recommended Practice or equivalent.

To act as an authorised signatory on the bank mandate, to authorise the payment of invoices and purchase requisitions.

To oversee the Shared Treasury Management service, to ensure there is adequate cover for this role

To authorise the approval for borrowing and lending of Council funds in

accordance with the Treasury Management Policy. To ensure that the Capital and Treasury Management Officer is acting in the Council’s best interest when borrowing or lending Council funds. To ensure the Council’s bank accounts are effectively monitored on a daily basis and ensure the funds are effectively managed.

To oversee the Capital Programme of both Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council, to ensure they are administered effectively and in accordance with the relevant scheme.

To oversee the Systems and reconciliation team, responsible for undertaking reconciliations, maintaining systems and progressing system development.

To maintain the Council’s general ledger and ensure appropriate controls are in place, to ensure all accounting periods are closed down in a timely manner.

To manage the Corporate budgets for both authorities.

To advise Service Managers, Heads of Service and Directors on accounting systems in accordance with Financial Regulations


Applicant Requirements:

  • Qualifications: Fully CCAB qualified
  • Experience: 5 years post CCAB qualification experience
  • Compliance: Up to date Passport and Drivers Licence
  • Travel: Clean UK driving license with the ability to commute to and from work independently.
  • Hours: 37

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