Interim Director of Finance

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Interim Director of Finance
Interim Position

Tameside 0006 A7D8 / 1

Posted: 24th October 2022 15:39
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £370.00 per day PAYE depending on experience TBC

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months

  • Tameside,

    OL6 6DL

What's involved with this role:

Interim Director of Finance

Reference no: Tameside 0006 A7D8 / 1

Pay Rate: Up to £370.00 per day PAYE depending on experience TBC

Hybrid working

Standard DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role

Pay rate negotiable for the right candidate

Please note that the pay rate for this role is likely to be uplifted to reflect a higher than standard holiday allocation

The post holder will fulfil the statutory financial leadership role of Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for the Council being the Local Authority Officer under section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972.  The post holder will have Director responsibility for Finance and ICT Services.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake the statutory duties of the Council’s Director of Finance under section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 and to make arrangements for the proper administration of the Council’s financial affairs, monitoring their effectiveness in practice.
  • Provide effective strategic leadership to drive the necessary digital transformation ensuring that the digital agenda and a high quality ICT back office service support our ambitions for a modern council.
  • Lead and drive change in a political and challenging public finances context.
  • Champion innovation by being open minded to new and radical ways to deliver our services and taking appropriate risks.
  • Create robust project management approaches maximising people and financial resources to deliver positive outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively across the Council to achieve the best outcomes for the residents of Tameside.
  • Act as a principal advisor to the Council on strategy, policy options and the forward planning of objectives, services and resources to deliver the Council’s ambitions for the borough and the development of the Finance Directorate.
  • Lead the delivery of innovative services, aligned to clear objectives that are supported by key decision-making and governance arrangements to deliver the priorities within the Council Plan.
  • Work with Elected Members to understand and interpret their vision, policy and direction for the Council. Ensuring a strong working relationship is developed with Elected Members and displaying the skills to interpret their policy and direction into action whilst giving strong, honest and professional advice.
  • Explore new partnership and commissioning opportunities and inclusive innovative delivery models within the Finance Directorate and across the Council to deliver high quality services to Tameside residents.
  • Leading the Council’s Medium-Term Financial Strategy and driving the Council’s Recovery & Improvement plan from a Finance and Resources perspective.
  • Lead creative services that support the development of the Council, including workforce development and inclusivity, digitisation of services, appropriate and strategic financial planning for services and providing the right technological infrastructure to deliver high quality services.
  • Have strategic oversight of the development of the Council. Including the effective and appropriate governance covering planning and performance, ensuring financial challenges and risks are clearly articulated and understood.


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



  1. Relevant professional accountancy qualification (CIMA/CCAB) and membership of an appropriate accounting body.
  2. Evidence of continued professional, managerial and personal development.



  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. A successful track record of consistent achievement as a leader and senior manager in relevant services in a large complex organisation with a customer focus.
  3. Substantial expertise in effectively managing culture and change initiatives, exploiting new opportunities and gaining commitment.
  4. Evidence of success in establishing a performance culture, and delivering performance improvements and the management and motivation of diverse staff groups.
  5. A track record of working in successful partnerships with a wide range of internal and external bodies, government departments and the private and voluntary sectors.
  6. Evidence of achieving improvements in equality within a large and complex organisation.
  7. Evidence of understanding the legal, financial and political workings of local government and the challenges faced by the Borough.
  8. A track record of working effectively within a political environment, providing clear and balanced advice and guidance on strategic issues to achieve corporate and service objectives.


Skills & Knowledge:

  1. Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to establish positive working relationships with government officials, professional and other organisations, elected members, partners, community members and employees to generate confidence, trust and respect.
  2. A proven ability to successfully manage complex budgets in tight financial situations.
  3. Ability to provide visible and supportive leadership, empowering, enabling, motivating and developing management teams and staff and fostering a positive organisational culture
  4. Ability to operate effectively within the democratic process, with political acumen and skills to develop productive working relationships with elected members that command respect, trust and confidence
  5. A knowledge and clear appreciation of service standards and governance in the public sector
  6. Demonstrate initiative and drive aimed at organisational service and individual excellence. Support and participate in the sharing and management of knowledge.
  7. Ability to contribute effectively to the corporate management of the Council and instil a sense of ownership amongst others with regard to corporate strategies, standards and priorities.
  8. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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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  me know and we can send you some additional information for clarify.

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  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. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. 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 Director of Finance
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