Finance Project Officer / Management Accountant

Location
Colchester, Essex, England
Salary
£32315 - £37742 per annum
Posted
22 Aug 2019
Closes
19 Sep 2019
Ref
COBCO-04
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Title: Finance Project Officer

Location: Colchester

Salary: £32,315 - £37,742 per annum

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent

Closing Date: 11th September 2019

Job Role:

Reporting to the Finance Manager (Technical), this role will contribute to the work of the Finance team to ensure the provision of financial management and accountancy services in accordance with best practice.

Job Duties:

  • To contribute personally towards the achievement of the Council's three Core Goals and culture as defined by Council's organisational attitudes and behaviours
  • To facilitate the delivery of large projects undertaken within the Council by providing financial and accounting support to the project teams
  • To prepare comprehensive Cost Benefit Analysis and Business Case documentation to support delivery of projects, with a focus on analysing both quantitative and qualitative costs/benefits
  • To understand the role of finance and the broader Policy and Corporate Service team in supporting the projects and where necessary identifying the strategies required to bring delivery back in line with project schedules
  • To produce regular financial updates with project managers demonstrating financial compliance with project budgets. This will require ongoing analysis of variances and costed solutions to deliver the projects on time and within budget
  • Regularly attend and take an active role at working groups to ensure decisions are based on sound professional advice
  • To ensure that Finance is positioned as a key influencer in all relevant service activity
  • To ensure that Council Financial Policies and Procedures are implemented within each service area and that any financial issues arising from adoption of the policies are managed in conjunction with appropriate managers
  • To ensure that the financial implications of relevant decisions taken by the relevant Portfolio Holder or Cabinet are represented in all reports
  • To demonstrate an open and approachable work style which promotes openness to continual improvement, learning and adaptation across the organisation. To develop appropriate relationships to make this happen
  • To liaise as required and work with finance colleagues to contribute to budget setting and closure process in particular in respect of the capital programme, including Revolving Investment Fund

Key Requirements:

Role-specific technical skills

  • Knowledge of Local Government Finance / Accounting
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Able to cope with demanding workloads and timescales
  • Presentation skills
  • Being able to present and communicate complex financial matters to non-finance staff

Leadership/Management

  • Be accountable
  • Have business acumen and financial awareness
  • Deal with conflict
  • Be able to plan, monitor and prioritise change

Impact and influence

  • Be able to build and use relationships inside and outside the organisation
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness
  • Be able to influence stakeholders
  • Be able to negotiate

Project Management

  • Be able to plan, monitor and prioritise change
  • Meet deadlines
  • Understand risk management
  • Be methodical and able to problem solve

IT Skills

  • Microsoft Office365 applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Excel Advanced.
  • Hold or be willing to work towards Council's 'Get Connected' digital skills (minimum criteria)

Administration

  • Be methodical and organised
  • Be able to plan, monitor and prioritise
  • Be logical
  • Have attention to detail and accuracy

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Candidates with experience or relevant job titles of; Finance Accountant, Qualified Accountant, Financial Analyst, Management Accountancy, SAGE, Financial Accountant, Chartered Accountancy, Bookkeeper, Chartered Accountant, Accountant, Accounts Clerk, Accounts Coordinator, ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AAT Qualified, Part Qualified Accountant, Part AAT Qualified Accountant, Senior Accountant will also be considered for this role.