- excellent opportunity for progression
- Dynamic team and organisation
About Our Client
Brent is a vibrant, diverse and successful city-suburb of London with big ambitions.
Brent Council believes in creating a place for all where people are born into a supportive and safe environment, grow and learn throughout their lives, build fantastic careers in world-leading industries, have access to high quality, affordable homes and retire into the community with dignity and pride.
Brent is a borough with much to be proud of.
The excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces and diverse communities all help make it a great place to live and work. As a council they want to build on these strengths as we move into the future. They are growing and developing as an organisation to meet the challenges facing our borough, and are committed to working with partner organisations and residents to make Brent even better.
- The post holder will support officers, providing them with high level professional advice on a broad range of financial issues, including financial viability assessments.
- To play a significant role in supporting the council's capital expenditure and income monitoring and control process and in preparing the council's statutory annual accounts.
- Responsible for a wide range of Oracle System and business operational reconciliations.
- To undertake the preparation of budgets, to assist service areas with budget projections and provide critical challenge on a monthly basis, or as required
- To support the Capital, Commercial and Treasury team with upcoming projects.
- To support appraisals of upcoming projects and monitor budgets.
- To ensure a system of adequate internal controls exists in respect of financial matters
- Advise on the financial viability of new or existing projects and policy proposals
- Liaison with both Internal and External Auditors
- Advise and liaise with departments on complex taxation issues and queries.
- Deal with complex queries, investigation and authorising payments, liaising with banking relationship managers.
- To consolidate financial information into meaningful reports for senior managers which provide analysis, outcomes, options, and recommendations linked to the overall financial position reported. To ensure that these reports are timely and accurate
- To attend department management team meetings to present the financial position, to interpret the outcome and explain any variances
- To work with departments and schools to help raise the standards of financial management within the areas by providing professional advice, support and training on all financial activities such as financial management, accounting, and the application of financial regulations
- To regularly meet with Directors/service managers to review the service provided and make improvements where necessary
- Deputise for the Senior Finance Analyst in their absence and attend senior management meetings if required.
- To undertake complex projects and/or financial analyses with minimal supervision for activities that may have a material financial impact on the council.
- To act as the key finance liaison with key partners and stakeholders outside of the council in relation to multi agency partnership projects or pooled budgets.
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to apply complex technical rules where required, is aware of changes and can explain the impact of them
- Ability to identify potential budget issues and bring them to the attention of the relevant budget manager or finance manager.
- Ability to analyse monitoring information and identify variances and trends, identifying impact those trends will have, producing forecasts and projections.
- Ability to support budget managers and investigate more complicated issues
- Ability to make recommendations for decisions by senior officers. Able to take decisions on open ended issues with guidance from line manager and be able to clearly explain reasoning behind decisions taken
- Can propose ways of using financial systems more effectively. Ability to train other users and communicate best practice advice
- Ability to use a variety of graphs and tables to present data within reports
- Ability to produce clear written documents explaining technical and finance issues following basic report writing principles
- Ability to take responsibility for developing the budget of a specific service or subjective areas and to assist in the development of business cases for budget changes
- Ability to take financial control issues into account when working on other areas. Can advise on systems to best uphold financial control principles
- Ability to explain complex financial issues to non-financial managers, Directors and Members
The Successful Applicant
You will be a part qualified or fully qualified accountant with experience working within the public sector and acute knowledge of the governance structure within public sector organisations.
You will have a sound understanding of accounting principles, policies and practices, financial accounting and control and local government funding arrangements.
An extensive knowledge of capital accounting practices and procedures is key to this role.
Knowledge of Oracle Financials reporting, Business Objects and ADI is advantageous.
What's on Offer
What's on offer?
Salary range £39,867-£49,827 dependent on experience.
Closing Date 1st November 2021
Should you wish to apply or have any questions please contact Waj Khan at Michael Page - 07815641834.