Lewes, East Sussex
£52845 - £58724 per annum
16 days ago
Finance Manager required for East Sussex Local Authority
Qualified ACCA/CIMA/ACA Accountant required
Finance Manager required for an East Sussex based local authority. The successful applicant will be expected to lead the finance, risk management and insurance functions, ensuring that they are efficient and effective, develop to meet the Service's changing needs and maintain statutory and regulatory compliance.
Provide strategic financial support to the Authority, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Budget Managers
Lead the preparation of the Authority's Medium Term Finance Plan, Revenue Budget and Capital Programme
Lead the monitoring of the Authority's Revenue Budget and Capital Programme producing timely and effective reports for the Authority and SLT
Provide financial advice and challenge to projects and transformation activities ensuring that financial implications are identified and addressed.
Work with the Principal Accountant to ensure the accurate and timely preparation, reporting and publication of the Authority's Statement of Accounts in compliance with statutory and professional guidance.
Work with the Principal Accountant to the accurate and timely submission of all statutory returns
Work with the Principal Accountant to develop the Authority's Treasury Management Strategy and manage investments and cashflow in line with it.
Work closely with the Payroll and Pensions Manager to ensure statutory compliance and timely and accurate reporting.
Manage the Authority's collaboration agreement for the provision of finance support services ensuring that performance meets agreed standards.
Improve the Authorty's risk management practice and insurance arrangements working closely with business managers to ensure they reflect best practice and reduce both risk and cost.
Develop the Authority's financial management and control framework ensuring that is fit for purpose, working closely with both internal and external audit.
Drive the identification and delivery of efficiency's and the development of new income streams and commercial opportunities
Seek out best practice from across the finance, risk and insurance sectors to support the Service's improvement and transformation agenda.
Lead the Services Finance Improvement Plan and the introduction of a finance business partnering approach
Develop strong and effective relationships with internal finance users and stakeholders and external partners and peers, ensuring clarity of roles and responsibilities, positive working relationships and collaborative working on process improvements.
Act as head of profession for finance within the Service ensuring professional standards are maintained and required skills and competencies are developed through training and coaching of the finance team and the service as a whole.
Be responsible for the recruitment, development, performance management and well-being of the finance team.
Represent the Service and the finance, risk and insurance function at internal and external meetings or organisations, inquiries and other settings. Prepare and present detailed advice and reports in adherence with the best professional standards.
The act in accordance with the scheme of delegated financial management.
ACA/CIMA/ACCA qualified Accountant
Previous experience working in a similar local authority
Ability to build long-term relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners both through formal and informal networks
Ability to motivate and lead a multi-functional team whilst creating team cohesion
Knowledge of financial management systems such as SAP
Excellent communication skills including well developed influencing skills to support organisational and departmental changes, written, particularly report writing of a highly complex subject matters in an articulate and concise manner and interpersonal
Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, partners and peers across the authority
Generous pension scheme
Lovely office environment