Senior Financial Accountant

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Senior Financial Accountant
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Interim Position

St Albans 5224061& 5224062

Posted: 15th February 2023 15:55
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £35.90 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 5 months

  • St Albans, Hertfordshire,

    AL1 3JE

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Financial Accountant

Reference no:  St Albans 5224061& 5224062

Up to £35.90 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Basic DBS disclosure required for this role

The role is hybrid working, office attendance will sometimes be required.

The purpose of the role is to manage a team responsible for financial accounting, treasury management, payroll (client side), insurance, car leasing functions, completion of government returns, revenue accounts, and utilities coding. Be the lead officer for closing the accounts, VAT, and production of the collection fund.

Key Repressibilities:

  • Manage the e-payments and cash management systems including bank reconciliations.
  • Manage the year-end accounts process, ensuring the Council is compliant with IFRS, working with senior colleagues across the Council to develop a fully integrated process, and managing the day-to-day relationship with the Council’s external auditor. Responsible for the production of the Collection fund accounts.
  • Lead on the interpretation and proper implementation of legislation, regulations, and accounting guidance as they affect the Council’s financial management, taxation, and accountancy arrangements. This will include the preparation and maintenance of all relevant guidance and procedure notes, making recommendations for improvements to senior managers as required
  • Manage the Treasury Management function, assisting in the production of forward strategy and managing the day-to-day relationship with external Treasury Management Advisors;
  • Produce the Treasury Management monitoring reports for Audit Committee and Council.
  • Manage the Insurance and Car Leasing Officer. This will include managing the insurance broker contract, leading on risk matters for the Finance Section, leading on the Council’s car leasing policy and support the officer with arranging insurance policies for the Council.
  • Responsible for the completion of Government and VAT returns, including the WGA
  • Line manage a team of approximately 4 FTE staff, providing proactive and innovative advice on a diverse range of services including insurance, VAT, payroll (client side) and financial accounting (which provides the Council’s capital accounting service).
  • To cooperate with the Senior Financial Accountant (Systems) on coding enquiries, production of the Statement of Accounts, and BACS processing.
  • Deputise for the Finance Manager Systems and Control as required.
  • Undertake other duties commensurate with the purpose and grade of the post as may be required from time to time.


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



  1. Educated to degree or evidence of degree level ability of education through work experience and relevant experience of working in a financial services environment at a higher level.
  2. Qualified member of a CCAB professional body, or part-qualified and studying towards full qualification.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of supporting the closure of accounts process for a large multi-disciplinary organisation to enable the production of compliant Statutory Statement of Accounts by due deadlines without qualification.
  3. Proven track record of producing good quality working papers to the satisfaction of external auditors.
  4. Proactive approach to team management and development, ensuring that skills are developed throughout the team in order to provide cover for one another should the need arise.
  5. Experience of Interpreting and presenting complex and varied information, compiling data, and preparing reports.
  6. Experience of team management and development.
  7. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).



  1. Up to date and working knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, standards, and core disciplines of work area including IFRS and the Code of Practice on Local Government Accounts.
  2. An understanding of treasury management.
  3. Understanding of health and safety issues relevant to work area.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of new approaches.
  5. An understanding of insurance and car leasing.
  6. An understanding of VAT specifically with regard to local government.


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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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 us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

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. 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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Senior Financial Accountant
Client Category: Local Authority

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