Interim Accountant – Head Of Service

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Interim Accountant - Head Of Service
Interim Position

Enfield RQ678720

Posted: 13th September 2022 17:44
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  • Pay Rate:

    £481.54 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


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Interim Accountant - Head Of Service   

Job Ref: Enfield RQ678720   

Pay Rate: £481.54 per day PAYE 

To support the Head of Finance in delivering a high quality, flexible, professional finance service that reacts to business priority changes and adapts to current requirements. Ensure that the team works as efficiently and as effectively as possible, supporting the councils operating principles and representing value for money services   

Key Responsibilities: 


  • Support the Head of Finance to deliver the service menu for a specified area of activity  
  • Responsible for leading on the delivery of specific service menu items according to the role and delivering these to a high standard This may include, but is not limited to, reviewing and challenging budget decisions, corporate accounting and financial planning, treasury management, supporting capital and project financial planning, including the development of business cases and providing financial activity support to services across the Council.    
  • Representing the Director of Finance at internal and external working groups, committees and other meetings where the role can be advisory, consultative or decision-making.   
  • Plan and manage the work of the team ensuring that  all team members understand the service menu, standards and performance indicators, and are proactive in contributing to delivery of team objectives  
  • Ensure all team members are appropriately trained to be able to carry out these processes in a consistent and efficient manner  
  • Maintain a comprehensive and up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation, procedures and current and emerging best practice for the area of responsibility and ensure that the organisation meets all of its statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations  
  • Pro-Actively seek opportunities to deliver efficiencies including  through the implementation of system improvements and increased automation  
  • Developing, determining and ensuring performance objectives for teams within the management remit are delivered.  Ensuring that these are understood and that appropriate output focused performance management measures are developed and effectively implemented. 
  • Any other duties reasonably requested by management  
  • Carry out all accountabilities in compliance with the Council’s Policies and Procedures 

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria: 

  • A CCAB accountancy qualification, or part qualified and actively studying for such a qualification, or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of skills, knowledge and understanding of accountancy and financial matters through a significant amount of relevant experience 
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of local government finance, budgeting and accounting, and experience in providing high level advice, support and challenge on a variety of complex financial and service issues 
  • Advanced knowledge & understanding of financial management and financial frameworks in a large organisation - preferably local government 
  • Experience of successfully managing finance and other staff including performance management, personal and professional development, and the confidence and ability to lead and develop staff through a wide range of managerial relationships to achieve objectives 
  • Substantial experience of providing financial advice and support to senior officers, members and external stakeholders 
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills, including the ability to analyse and interpret detailed and complex financial and other information, to develop and use financial management systems and to have the confidence and ability to train and develop others in the use and application of such systems 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present a range of complex and detailed financial and other issues to a diverse audience including councillors and senior officers and to develop and manage productive relationships with both external and internal contacts and agencies 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

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: 

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours. 
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this. 
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice. 
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed. 


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable: 

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience 
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for. 


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Interim Accountant - Head Of Service
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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