Senior Accountant

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Senior Accountant
CAMBRIDGE, Cambridgeshire
Interim Position

Cambridge 5237166

Posted: 3rd October 2023 08:53
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  • Pay Rate:

    £407.00 per day PAYE (tbc)

  • Hours per Week:

    30-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 8 months

  • CAMBRIDGE, Cambridgeshire,

    CB2 1BY

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Interim Senior Accountant

Reference no: Cambridge 5237166

Pay rate: £407.00 per day PAYE (tbc)

Hours per week: 30-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 8 months

City: CAMBRIDGE, Cambridgeshire

Mostly remote working with occasional working in Cambridge 

Note: the pay rate is provisional only and the ad will be amended with the confirmed rate once received

A Senior Accountant is required to contribute to the achievement of the highest possible professional standards in all financial information, to help ensure that public funds are properly accounted for and well managed. Responsible for managing and motivating the team to ensure effective delivery of customer focussed services on time and within budget and for managing projects within a team to ensure effective delivery of customer focused services on time and within agreed budget. To contribute to the corporate objectives and overall success of the council through effective working with colleagues in the council and with partners and elected members.

Key responsibilities:

  • Prepare Annual statement(s) of accounts in accordance with current accounting requirements, for the Council and other associated legal entities. To ensure that the auditors of these statements are fully supported to assist in a satisfactory conclusion of the accounts.
  • Assist all staff in compiling financial information to ensure it is accurate, timely and fit for purpose including development of various presentation methods to facilitate planning production and publication to members and officers of the council and external bodies as appropriate.
  • Identify, analyse and report on the financial accounting implications of Council initiatives, new projects, and new accounting and statutory requirements, including recommendations on system developments and sources of information for decision making purposes.
  • Maintain and develop capital accounting, in line with changes in accounting requirements, for all council assets including Joint ventures where appropriate.
  • Undertake Collection Fund accounting, including forecasting of Non-Domestic Rates, and Council Tax.
  • Complete grant claims, government returns, questionnaires and other returns in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Research and respond to Freedom of Information and personal data requests relevant to the Finance service to ensure compliance with legislation and Council policies.
  • Assist in the supervision, mentoring, training and development of team members.
  • Responsible for the co-ordination of specific projects and areas of work, as assigned by the Deputy Chief Finance Officer including attendance at Council Committees, working groups and other organisations as requested.
  • Deputise for the Deputy Chief Finance Officer in all matters relating to the management and workload of the section.


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Fully qualified CCAB accountant or equivalent qualification.
  • CIPFA qualified with evidence of continuing professional development desirable.



  • Extensive experience of working in finance and accounting in a complex organisation to include applying accounting standards to a high level and completion of statutory accounts.
  • Experience of working in finance and accounting role in a local authority to include completion of statutory accounts and central government accounting returns desirable.
  • Experience in accounting for non-current assets, including revaluations, and maintaining an asset register.
  • Experience of providing financial advice to management.
  • Experience in accounting for non-current assets in a local authority, including Housing Revenue Account dwellings and commissioning and liaising with external valuers desirable.
  • Experience of writing clear reports on complex and technical financial subjects and the ability to present these to various audiences.
  • Capable of completing and presenting formal written reports for senior management, elected members and other stakeholders desirable.
  • Experienced in dealing with external audit queries desirable.



  • Extensive knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and accounting practice.
  • Good working knowledge of the CIPFA Code of Practice and local authority regulatory environment and statutory accounting requirements desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of Collection Fund Accounting.
  • Knowledge of project working desirable.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Able to inspire trust, confidence, respect and credibility from a range of people.
  • Awareness of the external environment and its impact on the Council desirable.
  • Ability to deal with change and support new ways of working.
  • Communicates in an effective and respectful manner.
  • Awareness and understanding of diversity issues.
  • Demonstrates personal responsibility for decisions and the consequences of these actions.
  • Able to actively listen to and respond to customers sensitively and appropriately.
  • Able to influence others to achieve service outcome.
  • Ability to manage and develop staff.
  • Able to deal effectively with performance, conduct and absence issues.
  • Good time management skills, able to prioritise workload and meet deadlines.
  • High level IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  • Capable of using a large financial management system and related reporting software.


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Senior Accountant
Client Category: Local Authority

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