Technical Accountant

Job Category: Other Jobs
Reference HQ00018069
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initial three months
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate Contact us, £160 per day

About the job:

We are seeking a Technical Accountant on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council, to Engage with and build positive relations with customers to ensure that their requirements are at the heart of the design and delivery of services in accordance with the Council’s customer strategy.

This is temporary role for an initial three month assignment, with pay at £160 per day.

  • Engaging with and building positive relations with customers to ensure that their requirements are at the heart of the design and delivery of services in accordance with the Council’s customer strategy.
  • Delivery of the one County Council brand, enhancing the overall reputation of the service.
  • Ensuring that the service delivers long-term positive outcomes locally for people and communities. Build and promote successful partnership working across all sectors and with service users to deliver more cost effective and valued services.  Commission effective and efficient services which meet the goals and objectives of the service.
  • Ensuring that the needs of service users are met by demonstrating behaviour which fosters equality of opportunity in service provision and employment.
  • Ensuring that the service performs its duties and functions in fulfilment of its statutory obligations. In pursuit of this responsibility, managers need to ensure that they, and their relevant staff, keep abreast of the Council’s changing legal obligations and mandates.  Responsible for ensuring relevant compliance with the financial regulations and standing orders of the Council.
  • The management of those services and functions that are set within the direction of this post. Demonstrate cross-organisational team working, and across boundaries with other agencies and partners, to improve services and solve problems in a coherent and integrated manner.
  • Ensuring that relevant and best professional advice, guidance and information is available in an intelligible and timely fashion to the Council’s leadership. As well as  other stakeholders.
  • Sustaining and improving the overall reputation of the Council and acting in the best interests of Northamptonshire through effective representations locally, regionally and/or nationally.
  • Demonstrating the Council’s managerial leadership competencies – providing purposive and positive leadership, acting with openness, honesty and integrity, and instilling a clear sense of direction, priority and pace. Managing people in an inclusive way to deliver strategic and operational objectives.
  • Ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to secure the overall well-being and the health & safety of all employees and people delivering services for the Council.
  • Managing a performance culture that delivers results through rigorous challenge, disciplined execution and continual improvement. Managing the improvement of corporate and service performance by ensuring that resources are targeted on business priorities and meeting customer needs
  • Improving the overall management of resources (financial, human and other) in serving the public of Northamptonshire. Discovering new ways to reduce the cost of services to taxpayers and their overall productivity and value for money to service users through a range of approaches, including: the strategic re-design of services and their costs; the use of business and operational process improvements; the smarter use of supply (through out-sourcing, co-sourcing and in-sourcing where appropriate); the better use of demand management; and improved asset management.
  • Ensuring that effective risk management arrangements are in place to minimise the Council’s exposure to risk and uncertainty. Responsible for resilient business continuity arrangements and robust response and recovery arrangements in the event of emergencies and critical incidents locally – in accordance with the requirements of the Council’s Emergency and Business Continuity Plans.
  • Able to inspire and motivate a range of employees and generate a positive working environment
  • Ability to analyse and address complex issues including the need to deliver different support to different service elements
  • Ability to apply innovative and creative thinking to complex service challenges
  • Committed to corporate and collegiate working across the services of the County Council
  • Enthusiastic, not easily deterred and able to convey enthusiasm to others
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate, both written and oral, complex financial issues to members, non-financial managers, senior officers and external organisations
  • Proven experience in the areas of Financial Planning, Control and Reporting.
  • Experience in the development of Financial Processes
  • Evidence of developing and delivering Financial Training to officers and members
  • Proven experience of communicating effectively with professional and technical finance staff and operational managers
  • Qualified CCAB Accountant
  • Understanding of how local government works, including the specific complexities of local government finance, and the major influences and challenges it faces
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • 3% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications


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