Interim Head of Financial Planning – Finance (re-opened)

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Interim Head of Financial Planning – Finance (re-opened)
Interim Position

Lewes RQ597624

Posted: 29th June 2022 10:06
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  • Pay Rate:

    £370 per day PAYE TBC

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 1 month.

  • Eastbourne,


What's involved with this role:

Interim Head of Financial Planning – Finance (re-opened)

Reference no: Lewes RQ597624

Note: the pay rate is provisional only and the ad will be amended with the confirmed rate, once received.

A DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role however, the level of disclosure has not been specified by the client. 

The post-holder will be the technical lead for Financial Planning activities by providing strategic advice to members, directors and assistant directors, their companies, and stakeholders in accordance with the Councils’ corporate plan, company business plans, priorities and values.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the production of the medium-term financial plan, undertaking all necessary resourcing forecasts and determining required savings.
  • Develop appropriate financial models and analytics to determine financial impact of future service demands, changes in legislation and other factors
  • Advise on the outcomes of the medium-term financial planning process to key stakeholders through drafting budget reports, council tax reports, the medium-term financial strategy, other ad hoc reports as required
  • Provide support for the medium-term financial planning process and the longer-term council-wide financial position and develop financial strategies with stakeholders.
  • Develop appropriate financial models and analytics to determine financial impact of future service demands, changes in legislation and other factors affecting resource requirements.
  • Instigate, develop and support the attainment of alternative sources of funding that contribute towards identified funding gaps
  • Provide financial evaluation and advice to the Corporate Management Team, Senior Managers and Members when required
  • Work routinely with senior managers across the organisation providing specialist technical expertise to support and influence financial planning, management and operational decision making.
  • Ensure all staff in the Financial Planning Team has adequate supervision, training and support.
  • Work with the Head of Financial Reporting and Principal Accountant responsible for the capital programme to manage and co-ordinate the overall control of the Councils funding position.
  • Manage day to day activity within the Financial Planning team.
  • Represent the Finance service and deputise for the DCFO when required at Council Committees, Board meetings, Working Parties and Project Teams.
  • Ensure that all statistical, government returns, and FOI requests allocated to the team are completed within deadlines.


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

Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • Membership of appropriate professional body e.g. CIPFA, or other CCAB body.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Educated to a degree level
  • Strong experience in accountancy, including budgeting, monitoring, reconciliations, financial modelling and end of year reporting
  • Senior management experience at both an operational and a strategic level
  • Previous experience of board level participation and membership
  • Key knowledge and intelligence of changing financial legislation and initiatives that impact on the public sector
  • Knowledge of the local authority accounting code of practice including main IFRS or UKGAP rules
  • Understanding of CIPFA’s Service Expenditure Code of Practice
  • Understanding of preparation and interpretation of Financial Appraisals
  • Working knowledge of external audit requirements
  • Local Authority exposure and experience

Desirable requirements

  • Management qualification
  • Trained on Civica Financials
  • Experience of managing staff members, preferably extending to management of a small team


Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to analyse complex information, focussing on the key financial drivers
  • Highly advanced financial modeller
  • Ability to explain financial information effectively to staff with a non-financial background.
  • Ability to influence directors and members as appropriate
  • Ability to influence, persuade and negotiate at a high level in order to facilitate critical decisions being reached.
  • Ability to understand and translate complex issues into timely and innovative solutions.
  • A flexible and challenging disposition.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Very high financial and management accounting skills
  • Strong Team player
  • Ability to build positive relationships with colleagues at all levels

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.

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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 Head of Financial Planning – Finance (re-opened)
Client Category: Local Authority

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Interim Head of Financial Planning – Finance (re-opened)
Client Category: Local Authority

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