Accountant – Finance/ Commercial

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Accountant - Finance/ Commercial
Interim Position

Stoke on Trent 5246727

Posted: 21st March 2024 17:37
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  • Pay Rate:

    £81.08 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months


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Interim Accountant - Finance/ Commercial

Reference no: Stoke on Trent 5246727

Pay Rate: £81.08 per hour PAYE

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 6 months


Work as part of a developing commercially focused team to provide financial and commercial advice to a range of services and transformational projects across the Council. Provide financial and commercial advice in relation to the procurement, negotiation, implementation and contract management of major Council projects and national finance initiatives. Support the delivery of an integrated, robust financial planning process by the provision of high quality, accurate, timely and relevant information.

Ensure that all strategic and operational plans are supported by the provision of high quality, accurate, timely and relevant information and robust investment appraisals. Provide high quality, accurate, relevant and timely monitoring and forecasting information

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide financial and commercial advice, support and information in respect of the strategic management, transformation and operational delivery of a range of council services. This will include development of financial and commercial aspects of business cases, securing approval of business cases from chief officers, elected members and external organisations.
  • Provide financial and commercial advice in relation to the procurement of major projects from specification, through bid evaluation and, negotiation including complex procurement requiring competitive dialogue.
  • Assisting in the establishment of operational contract management arrangements including financial management and accounting processes, procedures and reporting mechanisms.
  • Work closely with relevant project directors, project managers and multi-disciplinary project teams including internal and external advisers to successfully deliver projects in accordance with the Council’s corporate objectives and financial governance standards and within approved timescales.
  • Deliver high quality, efficient financial, accounting and budgeting services to support the City 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 City Council projects and desired outcomes.
  • Provide strategic 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 all appropriate service plans.

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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:


  • CCAB Qualified with full current membership and CPD participation


  • An understanding of complex commercial contractual arrangements and payment mechanisms under alternative delivery models including procurement processes and knowledge of risk management and risk sharing protocols.
  • An understanding of negotiation and mediation skills to secure robust financial and commercial outcomes for the City Council in contractual negotiations.


  • Relevant technical experience in the respective role
  • Demonstrable experience of the utilisation of financial information systems

Skills & Abilities:

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Well-developed networking, advocacy, oral, written and presentational skills with the ability to represent the Council’s policies and views to stakeholders.
  • Well developed analytical skills to enable interpretation and development of contractual documentation and translation into operational practice.
  • Ability to work effectively within the democratic process, with the political acumen and skills to develop productive working relationships
  • Ability to maximise resources and manage budgets effectively in a financially disciplined environment.
  • Ability to make effective decisions in a complex and challenging environment
  • Ability to implement creative and imaginative approaches and identify new options for service
  • Ability to analyse and assimilate large volumes of complex financial and non-financial information and use it to develop, propose and implement innovative and effective solutions to complex problems


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Accountant - Finance/ Commercial
Client Category: Local Authority

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