Our client is currently recruiting for a Principal Accountant who has experience or knowledge of the work of a public authority Finance Department at a senior level. Candidate must have experience in successfully managing key financial processes (budgeting, monitoring, forecasting, closing of accounts, completion of grants and statistical returns) for allocated areas.
Qualifications / Essential:
Qualified accountant, with membership of recognised CCAB professional accounting body or three years relevant experience
Knowledge & Experience:
Experience or knowledge of the work of a public authority Finance Department at a senior level.
Knowledge and application of local government finance and an understanding of relevant financial legislation, professional accountancy codes and financial best practice.
Experience of working successfully as part of a professional team to deliver strong financial management and implement change.
Evidence of successfully managing key financial processes (budgeting, monitoring, forecasting, closing of accounts, completion of grants and statistical returns) for allocated areas.
Experience in contributing to change in a complex organisation.
Management experience including evidence of motivating staff to achieve objectives and overcoming barriers to progress.
Experience of partnership working (internal or external).
Evidence of successfully building customer-focused relationships.
Experience of contributing to strategy and developing and implementing policy.
Understanding of the issues relating to effective service delivery at a time of budgetary constraints.
Experience of developing and implementing financial systems which have enhanced services.
Evidence of undertaking analysis to support decision making with an awareness and understanding of service delivery as well as financial implications.
Experience of working with outsourced services.
Skills and abilities
Demonstrable teamworking skills.
Personal and professional credibility and integrity
Ability to challenge constructively and assertively
Influencing and negotiating skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to apply political sensitivity.
Ability to contribute to developing, evaluating, implementing and monitoring council policies/strategies relevant to financial issues.
Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with external organisations and people and develop a responsive, client centred service.
Well-developed written and communication skills and the ability to communicate complex matters effectively.
Takes responsibility for professional and personal development.
Demonstrates a commitment to the council's Equal Opportunities Policies and the ability to undertake and implement the policies in relation to the job responsibilities.
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