Interim Principal Accountant-Finance

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Interim Principal Accountant-Finance
Contract / Temporary

Preston RQ600038

Posted: 7th June 2022 11:46
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.60 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • Preston,

    PR1 2RL

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Interim Principal Accountant-Finance

Reference no: Preston RQ600038

The post-holder will be responsible for driving forward the development and managing the smooth running and maintenance of the Council’s Financial Accounting Systems (Civica Financials (GL, Creditors and Debtors), Civica Purchasing, Capita AIM Income Management and BACS). They will provide strategic and financial advice and support to Members and Management.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the cost-effective day-to-day development and maintenance of the Council’s financial management information systems in line with legislative (e.g. HMRC, PCI DSS, CIPFA Accounting Code of Practice/SeRCoP) and internal requirements.
  • Be the main point of contact with the Council’s ICT Section and financial systems software suppliers with regards to system upgrades, interfaces, help desk queries etc.
  • Ensure that the General Ledger is kept up to date and is capable of producing the data required to complete the budget setting/monitoring process, year-end process and the Statement of Accounts.
  • Provide specialist financial advice and support and undertake financial evaluation of a wide range of projects across the Council.
  • Ensure that a fully documented financial systems Procedures Manual is available at all times, and that it is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that the Council is compliant with the requirements of the Transparency Code
  • Provide technical accountancy advice on all aspects of the authority’s activities, including providing financial implications input into reports for Members
  • Manage the development and delivery of financial systems training to ensure that new and existing users of all financial management information systems are trained.
  • Assist with the production and implementation of the annual service delivery plan and other action plans to ensure continuous improvements
  • Assist with the production and delivery of the Accountancy Service disaster recovery plan
  • Manage the smooth running of the day-to-day operational Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Income Collection processes
  • Responsible for the review and update of all key risks associated with all financial management information systems
  • Direct management of an Accountancy Team Section including, supervision and workload management, training and ongoing development of staff.
  • Deputise for the Assistant Director (Head of Financial Services) in his/her absence as and when required.

“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

  • Full Professional membership of CCAB Accounting body or CIMA
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Certificates of Competency in IT Skills
  • PRINCE 2 Practitioner or other recognised Project Management qualification
  • Knowledge of legislation and/or regulations as they relate to creditor and debtor administration, income management and information management i.e. PCI DSS, Late Payment Directive
  • Experience of using computerised financial management information systems preferably
  • Civica Financials and knowledge of how financial ledgers integrate
  • Experience of financial management information systems administration including upgrades and development of systems
  • Experience in any of the following areas:- Creditors or Sundry Debtors Accounts Payable/Receivable, Income Management
  • Extensive experience in the use of IT in a financial context, including writing reports in financial systems e.g. Crystal Reporting and Microsoft Office
  • Experience in attending and providing advice to working groups and/or meetings
  • Experience/involvement in project management including systems implementation and development
  • Experience of developing and delivering training programmes
  • Experience of managing small groups of staff, ideally covering a variety of activities or functions

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to apply sound judgement and initiative in providing advice and in developing or using systems
  • Ability and willingness to develop knowledge and learn new skills
  • Ability to contribute enthusiastically and effectively to continuing service development, including training
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage projects
  • Ability to manage and develop staff
  • Ability to plan and prioritise work and control and manage workloads
  • Ability to meet and manage deadlines, working in a sometimes pressurised environment
  • Good interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to build effective working relationships and respect with staff at all levels and from other services
  • Practical yet innovative attitude to problem solving
  • Self-motivated, confident, flexible and open to change

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  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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