Assistant Accountant – Strategy and Resources

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Assistant Accountant - Strategy and Resources
STOKE ON TRENT, Staffordshire
Interim Position

Stoke on Trent 5240210

Posted: 10th November 2023 17:01
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  • Pay Rate:

    £54.05 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday to Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 7-8 months

  • STOKE ON TRENT, Staffordshire,

    ST4 1RN

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Interim Assistant Accountant - Strategy and Resources

Reference no:  Stoke on Trent 5240210

Pay rate: £54.05 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 37 Monday to Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 7-8 months

City: STOKE ON TRENT, Staffordshire

An Assistant Accountant is required to support the Housing development and growth directorate of the Council, supporting the provision of monitoring and forecasting information, the financial planning process and the delivery of the statement of accounts. To support the delivery of an integrated, robust financial planning process by the provision of high quality, accurate, timely and relevant information.  Support all strategic and operational plans are supported by the provision of high quality, accurate, timely and relevant information and robust investment appraisals and the provision of high quality, accurate, relevant and timely monitoring and forecasting information. Provide financial advice and guidance to stakeholders/service managers and partners as required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support budget setting and monthly financial monitoring.
  • Transactional work – reconciliations, preparation of journals, recharges.
  • Provision of reports and data to support budgets managers.
  • Support the production of the statement of accounts – audit queries and information.
  • Help support the delivery of high quality, efficient financial, accounting and budgeting services to support the Council in delivering its corporate aims and objectives.
  • Contribute towards the compilation, monitoring and reporting of the Council’s integrated Medium Term Financial Strategy and other related plans.
  • Provide effective financial and accounting analysis in support of Council projects and desired outcomes. Provide analysis and financial advice to stakeholders to support the Council in its delivery of corporate aims and objectives.
  • Contribute towards the delivery of the Council’s statutory Statement of Accounts in line with professional and statutory requirements. Contribute towards the formulation, implementation and review of service plans.
  • Contribute towards the delivery of an effective, high performing, customer focused financial service that is continuously improving. Provide support and advice on financial management, policy development and corporate financial matters.
  • Act as a point of contact with the Council’s appointed external auditors regarding financial reporting and governance matters.


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


  • AAT qualified / equivalent with full current membership and CPD participation or have a relevant degree with an understanding of accounting and budgetary control.



  • Record of success in helping support sustainable improvements.
  • A track record of helping to motivate and inspire staff in order to deliver a change agenda and improve service delivery.
  • Proven success in developing effective working relationships.
  • Relevant technical experience in the respective role.
  • Demonstrable experience of the utilisation of financial information systems.
  • Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.



  • Basic understanding of local government finance, accounting and budgetary control.
  • Appreciation of the nature of a political environment.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent people skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with other people both inside and outside the directorate.
  • Good oral, written and presentation skills with the ability to represent the Council’s policies and views to stakeholders.
  • Ability to help maximise resources and manage budgets effectively in a financially disciplined environment.
  • Ability to implement creative and imaginative approaches.
  • A good team player with the energy and determination to support the promotion of cultural changes to raise service standards.
  • Ability to make effective decisions at a relative level in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Degree of personal and professional probity, integrity and credibility that sustains the confidence and trust of stakeholders.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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Assistant Accountant - Strategy and Resources
Client Category: Local Authority

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