Ref. 59249

Senior Accountant

  • Location: Solihull, England
  • Salary: £375 - £375 per day
  • Type: Temporary / Full Time

Seven Resourcing is working with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to recruit a Senior Accountant at the Council House complex for their Financial Operations division.

£375 per day.
ASAP start.
Basic DBS required.

Job Purpose:
To work with the relevant Directorate Leadership Team to agree and deliver the key financial priorities for the service over the medium term.
To ensure the financial resources available to the Directorate are effectively used and managed to secure the delivery of the Directorate Performance Plan.
To act as the finance lead in the delivery of specific projects and programmes; providing financial challenge, advice and support.
To effectively support the Councils Section 151 Officer through the provision of high quality financial advice to Members, the Directorate Leadership Team and Corporate Leadership Team

•    To work with the Service Team Managers in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Teams to define, agree and deliver service priorities including, but not limited to, the delivery of the SMBC Medium Term Financial Strategy, Top 5 Council priorities and other major projects.
•    To deliver corporate financial requirements in line with internal and external regulations and timescales.
•    To play a key role in the co-ordination of the financial forecast reporting. 
•    To play a key role in the strategic budget process for SMBC and manage detailed reviews of the relevant base budgets.
•    To apply technical expertise/professional analysis to high level problem resolution, using consistent technical judgement to guide decision making. 
•    To provide high-level technical expertise or professional advice, to maintain and/or develop systems and processes to support compliance with the relevant legislation and statutory duties and to facilitate the delivery of effective services including support to policy development and policy review.
•    To assist in the monitoring and recording of the service teams output against performance targets and to take any corrective action as required. 
•    Provide interpretation, advice and guidance on the operation and implementation of external regulations and statutory requirements and internal financial regulations.
•    Prepare reports of a high standard to DLTs, the Corporate Leadership Team, Member Executive, Scrutiny and other Senior Manager meetings.
•    Contribute positively to key meetings including but not limited to Cabinet Member Decision and Scrutiny sessions, DLTs, CLT and Financial Leadership Team meetings.
•    Provide Technical Accountancy support on both revenue and capital requirements throughout the year to ensure compliance with International Financial reporting Standards (IFRS) and other SORP requirements.
•    Take a key role in ensuring the final accounts process is completed including the revenue, capital management accounts closedown and balance sheet integrity. 
•    Assist with the production of any relevant financial publications including the Medium Term Financial Strategy and the Accounting Statement.
•    Complete statutory returns required within the team.
•    Input into the annual review and maintenance of SMBC’s Financial Regulations.
•    Assist in ensuring the maintenance of Council cash limited budgets.
•    Identify financial training needs for staff across SMBC and supporting the delivery of relevant training.  Support Financial Operations staff undertaking formal training.
•    Provide support to ensure grant claims and financial reporting are accurate and timely.
•    Assist in the optimisation of the Council’s capital programme.
•    Provide support to projects and partnership working as directed by the Head of Financial Services or Director of Resources & Deputy Chief Executive.
•    Any other duties as required, commensurate with the grading of the post. 

Applicant Requirements:

  • Qualifications: Fully qualified Accountant (Current Member of CCAB or CIMA). Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 
  • Experience: Experience of working in a performance driven professional finance environment. Experience of managing a financial team and working closely with other teams to deliver tangible outcomes. Understanding of Financial Procedures and the financial cycle. Knowledge of Financial Regulations Standing Orders and legislation affecting financial matters. Experience of interpreting and applying finance related legislation. 
  • Compliance: Up to date Passport and DBS.
  • Travel: Clean UK driving license with the ability to commute to and from work independently.
  • Hours: 37 hours p/w.

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