The Finance Strategy Team operates right at the heart of Medway and provide vital support and challenge to services in managing their budgets. The team are responsible for the development of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy and annual budgets, ensuring the budget management process is effective, supporting services to deliver and account for change, right through to supporting the preparation of the annual Statement of Accounts.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a large, friendly and experienced team of local authority finance professionals. As a Trainee Accountant you will have the opportunity to develop skills and experience across the whole range of accountancy functions, including providing support to budget managers, assisting with budget monitoring and forecasting, preparation of accounts and treasury management activities.
You will be supported with a study and development package which will lead you to a formal qualification, with progression through the career grade as you complete qualifications and are able to demonstrate key competencies required for the role. The post will rotate at periodic intervals around key areas of finance to ensure exposure and experience is gained.
Applicants must hold/have the following:
- Good standard of education including GCSE grade A-C or equivalent in Maths and English
- Relevant experience working within a finance environment
- Demonstrable experience of working within a finance environment or in a similar post
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Katey Durkin on 01634 332355.
Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.
How to Apply
Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS
If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.
All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.