Trainee CIPFA Accountant - fixed term opportunity for up to 3 years to undertake and successfully complete necessary training/qualification relevant to the role
On Appointment: Band 6 (£21,841 - £25,481 p.a.)
On Passing Certificate Level: Band 7 (£25,481 - £29,577 p.a.)
On Passing Diploma Level: Band 8 (£29,577 - £32,233 p.a.)
On Passing Final Strategic Level: Band 9 (£32,233 - £35,744 p.a.)
After 2 Years PQE: Band 10 (35,744 - £39,880 p.a.)
A comprehensive training package is available including paid study courses and study leave
37 hours per week
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
What is the role?
This is a structured training post to become a qualified accountant of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA). Dependant upon examination exemptions you are eligible to apply for, training is expected to take between 2½ and 3 years.
You will work within finance teams providing the full range of specialist advice and technical support to services within the organisation commensurate with the stage you are at within your formal training programme. The programme will culminate with the “Final Test of Professional Competence” in order to qualify for membership of CIPFA and to practice as an accountant at Portsmouth City Council.
You will contribute to the full range of accountancy, finance and audit work within the City Council and will undertake work placements within devolved and central finance teams and Internal Audit whilst undertaking formal training to achieve membership of CIPFA.
The Council recognises that accountancy training is challenging. Successful completion of the CIPFA examinations requires significant personal effort on your behalf. Accordingly it is appropriate for the Council to provide significant support by way of time off to study and prepare for examinations, but equally it is expected that trainees will invest a significant amount of their own time to study. As you progress through your training the Council will seek to broaden and deepen work experience so by the time the Strategic Level is reached you can demonstrate that you are a competent accountant and potential manager.
Training will be in form of academic study (at a London college) and a formalised programme of in-house training and work experience.
This post will report to the Deputy Director of Finance.
What you'll need to succeed
You need to have a degree or full membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians or be CCAB part qualified. Also have Mathematics and English GCSE’s at grade C or equivalent. You will be computer literate with good organisational and the ability to prioritise work and have a willingness to learn and the determination to succeed both academically and professionally
What you'll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.