Assistant Accountant (Finance Hub Lead) - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £37,391 per annum
Closing date: 29 Jan 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10346
Role: Finance
About the role

Assistant Accountant (Finance Hub Lead)

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £37,391 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 29th January 2023

Please note this role will be offered as a 12 month fixed-term contract.

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Opportunity

The Assistant Accountant is responsible for the preparation of high quality financial advice, information, analysis and challenge to a number of budget holders across the financial cycle.

You will be the Finance Contact where you’ll need to deliver timely and accurate financial information and advice to budget holders to ensure effective management of their budgets and assist them in carrying out their financial duties.

You will have line management responsibilities for a small team and will support the Management Accountant in consolidating financial reporting to Heads of Finance and Functional Leadership Teams across the financial cycle and actively participate and contribute towards projects.

You will build effective relationships with internal budget holders and external partners and be able to influence, contribute and challenge at budget holder meetings to ensure financial forecasts and future budget plans are based on robust financial information.

You will be an AAT qualified professional with strong technical, excel and systems knowledge to actively contribute and support/instruct/advise budget holders in accordance with Financial Regulations and accounting standards.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Minimum full AAT qualification or equivalent plus one years’ relevant experience
  • Some supervisory or management experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial management, financial planning and management for budgets and experience of providing financial advice to budget holders
  • Experience of working with a range of financial systems and processes
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Evidence of working collaboratively and engaging with Senior Managers and finance colleagues, together with good communication skills
  • Experience of working in a large complex organisation and contributing to change
  • Experience of supporting multi-disciplinary teams to achieve service outcomes

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Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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