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Senior Accountant

Posted 9 March by Pertemps Ended
My Client is a local Government authority and they are looking for an Senior Accountant to start ASAP for a 3 month contract. Details of the role are as follows:

  • Work effectively with internal teams such as Finance and Leaseholder Services, and other service providers (such as caretaking or housing management).  To ensure the accurate coding and validation of housing-related utilities invoices. Obtain historic and ongoing remittance data to ensure suppliers can accurately match payments to invoices.  Provide support in facilitating the transition from manual coding of invoices to a contract order based bulk payments solution.
  • Co-ordinating a timely and consistent approach to all communications regarding landlord supplies, including complaints, freedom of information requests and general enquiries (including members enquiries) as well as contractor/supplier liaison including organising the replacement of meters and correction of billing where required
  • Analysing, collating and reporting on key performance data, (meter readings, usage trends, estimated/actual bills, areas covered by each meter etc), highlighting areas of risk for the Council and providing data which enables the finance team to account accurately for utilities bills (estimated usage based on meter readings etc) 
  • Working with other Council teams, utility providers, contractors and residents to identify and resolve problems and disputes.  
  • Budget monitoring and forecasting, ensuring that areas of risk are promptly identified, that timely corrective action is taken to ensure that expenditure is within budget, that misuse is resolved and that where applicable information enables all costs to be recovered from tenants and leaseholders.
  • Receive, collate, analyse, record and interpret service data (eg meter readings) in order to identify areas of risk, ensure timely corrective action is taken to mitigate risks. Ensure actual meter readings are captured at least annually for each meter and every six months for check meters. Ensure accurate usage data is available to enable service charge collection from both tenants and leaseholders and inform utility providers for the purpose of bill generation, resolve tenant and leaseholder queries promptly. Identify gaps in information available (eg ongoing ‘estimate’ readings, faulty meters, shared meters) and take prompt corrective action to resolve. Develop contacts with external organisations, potential service providers and teams, with the aim of introducing and implementing innovative practice into the service area. Ensure invoices are audited and processed within agreed payment timescales.
  • To co-ordinate and control the day-to-day aspects of the finance function within the allocated service areas.  To develop and recommend solutions to problems or issues affecting services. To assist in the provision of professional financial advice and analysis to support the Council’s strategic plans and Medium Term Financial Strategy process
  • To oversee and manage allocated activities in key financial processes, and ensure significant issues are raised with senior management with recommendations for corrective action.
  • To maintain and develop financial systems, procedures and controls to ensure financial data is recorded in accordance with accounting best practice, and to ensure the managers receive information in an easily understandable format which assists them in the decision making process for their service.   
  • To ensure that Council’s financial practices meet the standards set within CIPFA guidelines
  • To undertake special projects and participate in groups set up to manage specific issues, where applicable.
  • To undertake any further finance-related duties, as directed by LBHF management
  • To provide a high standard of customer service, to both internal and external customers
  • To comply with information rights legislation and the Council’s data quality standards by applying information management related policies.  To report instances of non-compliance, errors, omissions or inadequacies in procedures to the business unit manager.
  • To know and adhere to the Council’s equal opportunities policy and equalities legislation and implement in relation to job responsibilities in employment and service delivery.
  • To take reasonable care for his/her own health and safety and any other person(s) who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work, in accordance with the Health & Safety legislation.
  • Work under the council’s smart-working policy.
  • The above duties and responsibilities give a broad outline of the functions of the post.  However by necessity, these duties must be approached in a flexible manner to accommodate the changing needs and demands of the service provided by the Council. The post holder will be expected to adapt to changing circumstances and therefore the outline of duties may change from time to time.
  • To manage and direct allocated staff to ensure that financial services are provided to the required professional standards and to meet statutory and other requirements.
  • To manage allocated staff, including the identification of training and development needs, the production and monitoring of work programmes, recruitment, regular supervisions, appraisal and communication.
  • To design complex spreadsheets and use specific Council IT systems to assist senior management to analyse financial data and enable them to make informed decisions 
  • To provide professional financial advice to senior officers to ensure that statutory duties are complied with and that the relevant parties are fully aware of the financial implications of decisions. 

Duration: Temporary – circa 3 months
Start: ASAP
Positions Available: 1
Location: W6 9JU
Hours: 9:00am to 5:15pm – 1 hour lunch
Pay Rate: £15.39 per hour

Reference: 34643479

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