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Senior Accountant - Kingston upon Thames

Posted 29 May by Surrey County Council Ended

Job Details

£42,993 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception. 

This is a 12 month secondment/fixed term.

Where possible, we offer flexible working, mobile phones and laptops. 24 days annual leave for full time staff or pro rata for part time staff. Local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

About the Role

The role involves working within the Adults Finance team providing support to the Adult Social Care Service. The main focus of the role is to provide support to budget holders through the budget cycle:  budget estimate planning, monthly monitoring and closure of accounts.  The post will have a specific lead for Contracts and Grants supporting Adult Social Care commissioners in reporting their savings strategies.

The role plays a key part within our team providing support to colleagues with a wide variety of work – reporting on efficiency savings and offers an opportunity to engage in project work supporting services through change programmes and contributing to service developments across finance and Orbis.

The Finance Directorate is part of Orbis, an innovative and exciting public sector partnership formed in 2015 by Surrey and East Sussex County Councils to provide integrated business services to both councils and now also including Brighton and Hove City Council.  Our vision is to be "a trusted partnership delivering value to customers and residents through our expertise, innovation and passion".

Some of our key challenges and opportunities include:

  • sustaining the council's financial resilience in the light of reduced government funding and increasing demand
  • driving and supporting service transformation and the achievement of significant savings
  • providing financial advice and challenge to enable the council to carry out its functions effectively and provide value to residents
  • supporting the service through their delivery of a challenging efficiency programme
  • providing clear and transparent financial management information, and helping to raise financial literacy across the council

To help us meet these challenges we are looking for someone with:

  • strong communication, relationship building, analytical and problem solving skills
  • up to date knowledge of budget planning and forecasting
  • a track record of proactively seeking and implementing innovative solutions in increasingly challenging times and a willingness to challenge established practices
  • excellent IT skills with particular focus on Excel and Powerpoint

You will ideally be a qualified accountant with experience of working within the finance function of a large and complex organisation.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 15th June 2018.

Interviews will take place at the end of June.

Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.

  • Listen - We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
  • Responsibility - We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
  • Trust - We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
  • Respect - We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.

Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.

  • Be customer focused - We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
  • Work as one team - We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
  • Make things happen - We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
  • Communicate with purpose - We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
  • Be the best we can be - We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
  • Develop ourselves and others - We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.

Reference: 35242002

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