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Job Summary

To deliver a first class, value for money finance service that meets legal requirements, the needs of customers and the aims and objectives of both the Finance service and the Company.

Main responsibilities-Job description Accountant

 

To participate in the delivery of:

 

 The Corporate Resources directorate`s budget setting and medium term financial planning processes-including (supporting) the production of directorate, service and work plans which link with the directorate`s performance management plans and processes.

 

 

-Financial advice in respect of budget setting and financial planning.

-Effective working relationship between key stakeholders

-Integration of revenue and capital planning and control

-Appropriate controls to ensure service delivery is met

-Compliance with current guidelines, protocols and legislation

-Regular accurate financial reports

-Finance and accounting activities of the directorate

-Final accounts process

 

 Key financial processes across the directorate

Professional and managerial support to the team and provision of financial advice

Effective finance support to the directorate and key stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Drafting reports for, and attend meetings as representative of Finance i.e. Strategic

Planning Group, etc plus management teams, working parties and other internal and

external meetings. Active participation in all such meetings will be required.

 

9 Maximising external funding to support service delivery and improvement and ensuring

proper financial controls and monitoring are in place, within current frameworks and with

regard to the Authority`s Accountable Body Status protocol.

 

10 Ensuring adequate systems and arrangements are in place for co-ordination, bidding and

monitoring of all grant and other external funding income, including the completion of grant

claims where necessary, responses to Audit Commission, and associated queries.

 

11 Implementing and delivering financial and operational performance targets, in conjunction

and cooperation with the directorates senior management team.

 

12 Ensuring that written procedures for all team roles are prepared and regularly maintained.

 

Job description Accountant [cont]

 

13 To effectively contribute to in-service activities, for example, service planning and development, Best Value, Investors in People, CRE, CPA etc.

 

14 Developing staff within the team, to ensure delivery of key targets and full application of the performance management framework within the team.

 

15 Ensuring the council achieves value for money in all activities

 

16 Ensuring appropriate governance arrangements are in place for all partnership working

arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Ensuring appropriate internal controls are established and working to meet s151 officers

responsibilities.

 

18 All duties must be undertaken within the Council's Equal Opportunities Policy and with regard to the current Code of Conduct.

 

19 Any other duties commensurate with the grade required to deliver and develop the service

as it supports the Council`s vision, aims and objectives

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-Job description Accountant

Job description Accountant

TECHNICAL ABILITY / SKILLS / KNOWLEDGE

 Job description Accountant

 

Able to demonstrate technical ability to ensure that basic accounting standards,concepts and codes of practice are understood and adhered to.

 

A basic level of understanding of capital programming, capital accounting/regulations and planning and asset management.

 

Practical understanding and experience of working within a performance management framework, including ability to effectively manage own workload and those of others and consistently meet deadlines and performance targets when under pressure.

 

Good written communication skills.

Good verbal communication skills.

Computer literate (Word, Excel, Windows, General Ledger etc)

Practical understanding of the principles of racial/gender/disability equality issues in a practical day-to-day context.

 

Practical understanding of the demonstration of health and safety at work.

 

Practical understanding of the application of risk management. <br>

An appreciation of wider local government issues and relevant, local and national issues.

 

Ability to effectively, follow clear project plans procedures and policies

 

Ability to reconcile accounts appraise and evaluate data, legislation, follow guidelines and compile basic financil management reports on revenue and capital issues.

An attention to detail

 

EXPERIENCE:

Job description Accountant

 

Experience of working in a finance environment

 

QUALIFICATION:

Full AAT or equivalent

 

 

 

 

 

DETAILED SUMMARY OF KEY ACTIVITIES

 Job description Accountant [cont]

 

1 The provision of effective professional finance support including service-based revenue

and capital accounting and implementation of new initiatives. This will include liaison with senior operational managers and budget holders.

 

2 Identifying appropriate financial risks resulting from changes in the political, technological social environment.

 

3 Delivering the service based budget setting and medium term financial planning processes, including planning, implementation, review, critical appraisal and reporting.

 

4 Delivering the service based annual final accounts process, including monitoring, review and reporting. Liaison with the District Auditor throughout the annual external audit.

 

5 Delivering the service based budget monitoring and financial reporting processes, planning and delivering regular reports and reviewing performance indictors.[cont right]

 

 6 Ensuring compliance with corporate budget preparation, monitoring, reporting and final

accounts guidelines and other financial and relevant corporate procedures and protocols,

particularly the budget management & control manual. This includes both revenue and

capital.

 

7 The drafting of, responses to relevant national consultation documents, proposed technical

guidance and White Papers etc. appropriate to service areas, including reporting to senior

finance officers as required.