Southwark is a place of growth, development and opportunity. It is a borough with a rich and proud history, strong sense of community and a great ability to transform and renew, sometimes very much against the odds. The borough has always been a place of visionary change. It was home to Alfred Salter, pioneering MP in the early 20th century, who brought one of the first public health services to this corner of London. Fast forward to the 21st century and Southwark again pioneered the roll out of a programme of free healthy school meals to all primary school children in 2011.
Southwark is highly diverse, a product of its history and a reflection of the ability to welcome new communities alongside existing residents. Over 120 languages are spoken in local schools, and 75 per cent of reception-age children are from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. Over 4 in 5 residents believe this is a place where people of all races live in harmony.
The borough has a vibrant mix of culture, leisure and arts facilities on its doorstep. Historically, Southwark was the centre for entertainment and arts for the city evident by Shakespeare's Globe. The borough is home to Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery and looking to the future the borough will soon welcome London's newest international theatre at One Tower Bridge when the London Theatre Company opens its door to the public.
Southwark is a very modern place. Regeneration and development abound with some of Europe's most exciting and complex schemes such as Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury, Canada Water and London Bridge Quarter, home of the Shard, being delivered in the borough bringing thousands of new homes and jobs. The extension of the Bakerloo line is planned to come right through the borough improving transport links and again creating more jobs for local residents
- Treating residents as if they were a valued member of our own family.
- Being open, honest and accountable.
- Spending money as if it were from our own pocket.
- Working for everyone to realise their own potential.
- Making Southwark a place to be proud of.
Traded Services division provides building, pest control and asset management services to Southwark Council and we are looking to develop the market to provide services to other councils and public service organisations.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join Southwark Council as a Divisional Accountant for Traded Services, a direct labour organisation.
You will lead the finance team setting clear objectives to ensure that the division is receiving first class financial support day to day and at year end close. The role will focus on budget preparation and budgetary control to support a successful and commercially viable operation. You will review potential opportunities for the division and be able to build financial models and perform option appraisals to ensure that decisions are made on a commercial footing. There is the opportunity to further develop reporting and analysis, improve compliance or introduce greater commercial and financial intelligence. You will also be expected to conduct robust cost analysis to deliver savings and improved efficiency.
What you'll need to succeed:
You will have an excellent understanding of financial management and accounting of trading accounts and a commitment to continuous improvement. The role will require you to engage with and challenge business managers effectively and to provide trusted decision-making support. You'll be able to ensure staff meet targets and every bit as important you will have the ability to inspire your team to deliver an excellent service. The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant and will have excellent IT ability including very good excel skills.
Closing date: 27th October 2019 at 23:59
Interviews: 7th November 2019
To apply for this role please submit an application using the Hays website. Please click on the below link. For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please call our Retained Recruitment Partner Jan McQuaker at Hays Specialist Recruitment on 020 7259 8745. All third party applications will be redirected to Hays Specialist Recruitment.