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Principal Accountant

Principal Accountant

Posted 12 April by Canterbury City Council

Job Title: Principal Accountant

Location: Canterbury

Salary: From £44,551.00 per annum

Job Type: Full time - Permanent (37 contractual hours)

Closing Date: 30th April 2024

About the role:

A fantastic Principal Accountant job opportunity at Canterbury City Council.

Are you an accountant that is capable of making a difference and giving back to the community by working in local government?

We are looking for a Principal Accountant to join our team. If you want to work in a cultural and vibrant city whilst also being close to the coastal towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay this could be the perfect place for you to develop your career. This is a very exciting time to be working at Canterbury with major changes due to the Levelling Up Funding.

What's in it for you?

  • A starting salary of £44,551 per annum
  • Flexible, hybrid working arrangements that support and encourage a good work-life balance
  • We'll support and encourage your career by providing excellent opportunities for training and development
  • Generous annual leave entitlement, starting at 23 days PLUS 3 additional days over the Christmas period whilst the Council offices are closed. There is also the option to buy additional annual leave
  • We do not work on Bank Holidays
  • A fantastic local government pension scheme
  • Employee perks, including multiple retailer and lifestyle discounts to tackle the cost of living and help you enjoy your free time
  • Free use of Canterbury's Park and Ride for an easier commute

About this Principal Accountant job opportunity in Canterbury:

  • As our Principal Accountant, you'll take a lead role in the strategic risk management, tax management, audit liaison and budget monitoring for the general fund revenue account
  • You will be looking after our statutory obligations in relation to VAT including advising on the correct VAT treatment of supplies and tax planning and overseeing fraud prevention
  • You'll contribute to the financial year end processes relating to the publishing of the Statement of Accounts and the Local Government Transparency Code
  • As an expert in your field, you'll provide financial advice to support the council's objectives and tax affairs
  • You'll lead on budgeting, forecasting and financial planning processes ensuring accuracy and alignment with corporate plan objectives within a challenging financial environment for local authorities
  • As our new Principal Accountant, you will monitor and analyse financial performance, ensure robust controls are followed and collaborate with stakeholders

Working Pattern:

  • Full-time, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays
  • 37 hours per week
  • Flexible, hybrid working arrangements
  • A full week off over Christmas! Plus 23 days of annual leave to use throughout the rest of the year.

About you, the ideal Principal Accountant for Canterbury City Council:

Your Skills:

  • Able to continually develop and improve your specialist knowledge, within the context of Local Government
  • An effective team player

Your Knowledge:

  • Understanding of Local Government Finance
  • Understanding and knowledge of accounting regulations
  • Knowledge of financial systems
  • Understanding and knowledge of financial legislation
  • Understanding of government guidance on specific service areas
  • Knowledge of Financial Regulations and Contract Standing Orders

Your Experience:

  • Experience of preparing and managing budgets
  • Experience in managing people
  • Experience of writing and presenting finance reports
  • Managing changes of processes and procedures within a team setting

Your Qualifications:

  • CCAB qualified or substantial work-related experience.
  • 5 GCSE's including Maths and English grades C/4 or above

So, if this Principal Accountant job opportunity in Canterbury, Kent, looks right for you, please apply today! Simply click the "Apply Online" button to apply on our site.

This Job description is not exhaustive but outlines the main requirements.

Candidates with the relevant experience or job titles of; Accountant, Accounts Assistant, Management Accountant, Finance Officer, Accounts Manager, Finance Manager, Credit Controller, Part Qualified Accountant, Qualified Accountant, Senior Finance Assistant, Head of Finance, Chartered Accountant, Senior Accountant, Revenue Accountancy, ACA, ACCA, CCAB, Financial Regulator, Revenue Accountant, Tax Manager, Head of Accounts, may have an interest in this role.

Required skills

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Finance Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Qualified Accountant
  • Head of Finance
  • Accountant
  • Credit Controller
  • Accounts Manager
  • Part Qualified Accountant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Finance Officer
  • Senior Finance Assistant
  • Senior Acc

Reference: 52462219

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