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Finance Business Partner

Location: SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ESSEX Salary: Salary Negotiable
Sector: Finance Job Type: Permanent
Shift Type: N/A Applications: 1
Posted: 9 months ago Reference: 3112164
Southend-On-Sea Borough Council has an exciting opportunity for a an ambitious, experienced and self-motivated Finance Business Partner. Based on the Essex Coast, the picturesque beaches and close proximity to London make Southend-On-Sea an excellent place to live and the Council’s innovative forward thinking approach makes it an equally attractive environment in which to work.

To assist the Senior Finance Business Partner or Group Manager with the management and financial administration of an area of the Council’s activities. The responsibilities may include:

To provide a full range of finance business partner services for Council Departments and Portfolio holders in accordance with departmental standards and timetables set.
To carry out monthly monitoring and analysis against the budget on a number of services and to investigate and report variations to the appropriate senior officer in a timely manner where they occur.
To undertake the closing of revenue / holding accounts at the year-end, including the completion of grant claims and accounting entries, and to assist in the preparation and publication of the final accounts including producing working papers in readiness for the regularity audit.
To contribute to the preparation and presentation of the annual budget and associated working papers and publications.
To undertake areas of work carried out for the Council as a whole and not specifically allocated to Departments, such as government returns, and maintenance of financial systems.
To apply proper working practices regarding confidentiality.
To undertake day to day line management duties for staff assigned to you, including Return to Work interviews and Performance Development reviews.
To undertake such other relevant functions as required from time to time, as instructed by the line manager.
In addition, for the specific roles, responsibilities may also include the following:
To lead in the preparation of the revenue budgets for a defined group of the Council’s activities.
To lead in the completion the final accounts, grants, subsidy claims and statistical work associated with the above-mentioned group of the Council’s activities.
To lead in the budgetary control of the above-mentioned group of the Council’s activities.
To complete the revenue estimate (RER) and revenue outturn (RO) forms for the above-mentioned group of the Council’s activities, and other statistical returns as required.
To co-ordinate the operation of control systems and accounts with regard to recharging accounts, control accounts and holding accountings as relevant to the defined group of the Council’s activities.
To carry out ad hoc investigations and appraisals including the interpretation and application of new legislation as required by the Senior Finance Business Partner or Group Manager – Financial Management.
To assist the Senior Finance Business Partner in the work and management of the section.
To propose, develop and implement new financial systems and controls as appropriate, taking account of legislative and other changes, and to be proactive in the development of good financial management within the section, the wider finance community and the service areas you support.
To assist in developing, integrating and implementing financial models on the Accountancy computer network and the on-going development of the Council’s Financial Management System.
To attend as required meetings of Directors, Heads of Service, Working Groups and Corporate Programme Groups.
To liaise with other internal services and outside agencies, including Government Departments as appropriate
The Council’s current annual revenue budgets exceed £400m gross
To be familiar with Equal Opportunities good practise and with the Council requirements for Diversity and to implement this in all aspects of working practice and promote it in the team and workplace.
The nature of the job requires that confidential information is made available in order that the job can be performed in an effective manner. The confidentiality and security of this information is imperative
This job description does not form part of your contract of employment.

Current membership of CCAB body (or equivalent) with recent accounting experience of at least 2 years
Theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of local authority accounting
An up-to-date knowledge of current best practice in local authority accounting
Experience of annual accounts close down procedures and the production of the balance sheet and supporting schedules as applicable to local authorities
Knowledge of cash management
Ability to read, interpret and implement regulations and changes to procedures
Ability to work to a tight timetable, within an area of conflicting demands and changing priorities
Ability to use Microsoft Office software
At least 2 years post-qualification experience working in an organisation of comparable scope and complexity
Familiar with the financial arrangements relating to services provided by local authorities
Organisational Awareness and Strategic Thinking

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