Finance Year End Specialist Accountant–Financial Services

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Finance Year End Specialist Accountant–Financial Services
Contract / Temporary

Surrey TCL 88812

Posted: 8th February 2024 11:49
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30.91 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6-7 months

  • Surrey,

    RH2 8EF

What's involved with this role:

Interim Finance Year End Specialist Accountant – Financial Services

Job Ref: Surrey TCL 88812

Pay Rate: £30.91 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 6-7 months

City: Surrey

Standard DBS disclosure required for this role

The Corporate Finance Team provide financial accounting support to both Surrey County Council and Tandridge District Council. This role will provide additional capacity to the team, providing year end advice and producing the Statement of Accounts for both entities, including Group accounts.

In this role the successful candidate will work across the finance team to ensure compliant and timely accounts are produced and liaise with external auditors to ensure the smooth running of the audit process.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Produce and maintain the annual chart of accounts, ensuring it reflects the council's financial structure and meets regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee the preparation of financial reports and statements, ensuring accuracy, compliance with accounting standards, and timely submission to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Act as the technical expert on accounting practices, providing guidance for the production of the annual accounts.
  • Staying abreast, and communicating changes in accounting standards and regulations.
  • Serve as the single point of contact and authority for external auditors. Coordinate audit processes, address audit findings, and ensure compliance with audit requirements.
  • Ensure adherence to financial regulations, accounting standards, and government financial reporting requirements. Maintain a robust system of internal controls.
  • Receiving, analysing and understanding the implications of changes in requirements for the council’s annual accounts which come from central government or the accountancy standards body.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders, including councillors, senior management, auditors, and government agencies, to provide financial information and answer queries
  • Ensure that systems are in place throughout the organisation to ensure compliance with financial regulations. Oversee learning and development initiatives to promote regulatory adherence.
  • Collaborate with IT teams to implement and maintain appropriate IT systems that support financial controls and reporting.


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



  1. Fully qualified CCAB accountant.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. 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.
  3. Able to guide the development of a year-end closedown timetable.
  4. Experience of working in finance and accounting role in a local authority to include completion of statutory accounts and central government accounting returns.
  5. Experience of providing financial advice to management.
  6. Experience in accounting for non-current assets in a local authority, including Housing Revenue Account dwellings and commissioning and liaising with external valuers.
  7. Experience of writing clear reports on complex and technical financial subjects and the ability to present these to various audiences.
  8. Capable of completing and presenting formal written reports for senior management, elected members and other stakeholders.
  9. Experienced in dealing with external audit queries.
  10. Experience at an advanced level of a range of office software systems e.g. MS Office Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint or equivalents.



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Job Ref: Surrey TCL 88812
Finance Year End Specialist Accountant–Financial Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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