Directorate: Corporate Services
Location: 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Job level: Level 3, Zone 2
Salary: £33,122 - £38,423
Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time, 36 hours per week
Alternative flexible working options available/open to discussion
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We have an exciting opportunity available for a Controls Accountant in a very supportive and knowledgeable Financial Controls team. As a Controls Accountant, you’ll help us make the best use of resources and ensure timely, accurate and reconciled data informs senior managers to deliver our Medium Term Financial Strategy.
Reducing inequality in our borough is a priority for our Council. But with a tough financial climate, addressing the underlying social problems is no small challenge. That’s why we need the very best people to join us across our Finance division – professionals with fresh ideas, different perspectives and the skills to bring improvement.
Accurate accounting is vital to underpin the bedrock of the Council and you’ll make sure that our financial data is the very best it can be. You’ll investigate and reconcile system control codes and bank accounts, spotting the source of any errors. If necessary, you’ll implement improvements and enhance multitude of systems and their efficiency.
Although you’ll work in collaboration with other services, much of your work involves self-managing reconciliation, spotting variances and trends and being responsible for resolving these differences with other teams whilst also supporting your colleagues in the Controls team. You therefore need to work efficiently, effectively and independently but also explain complex financial transactions to non-accounting staff.
Currently working towards a CCAB qualification, you’ll already have relevant subject knowledge. This covers accounting principles, financial systems and general financial best practice including internal control requirements. Your expertise comes with very strong IT skills including advanced Excel. You’ll make the most of the software’s functionality to streamline reconciliation processes and spend time on value add activities. You’ll also be equipped to build strong working relationships: it’s important that you can communicate clearly and explain issues to a range of non-specialist staff. Above all, you’ll be committed to strong financial management, working alongside colleagues within and outside the Council.
Key qualities candidates should demonstrate are
- Experience of working in a busy environment, providing accounting/reporting services to tight deadlines
- Capable of Working with Minimal Supervision
- Flexible worker who can pick up and complete ad-hoc tasks when required
- A competent computer user with experience of using Microsoft Excel.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to produce work to an excellent standard, paying meticulous attention to detail at all times.
- Inquiring mind to challenge the status quo and demonstrate relentless continuous improvement in a Professional manner with a "can do" attitude
Camden’s main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King’s Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.
Camden is proud to be the country’s first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities. Click HERE to see the full details of our excellent benefits Make it work for you. Make it your Camden. Discover and Diversity To “discover” more about Camden and our commitment towards diversity, equality and safeguarding, please visit our recruitment website
Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard
Camden are very proud to be accredited to the level of excellence for the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard. The Mayor’s Good Work Standard sets the benchmark for the highest employment standards and demonstrates that as an employer, Camden is contributing to a fairer and more inclusive London. These good practices are also an important step in attracting and retaining a diverse, talented and productive workforce.
How to apply
To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions. Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.
Closing dates for applications: 05 December 2019, 23:59
Interviews to be held: w/c 09 December 2019
Please quote reference: 190000TL
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Camden welcomes new employees on a monthly basis; next available dates for induction are:
09 December 2019