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Principal Finance Officer

  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/176313/20046
  • Published: Mon 10/01/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 30/01/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £33,145 - £35,802 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN7 1UE

Job introduction

Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time

Closing date: Sunday 30 January 2022
Interviews will be scheduled for the following week

For an informal discussion, please contact Andrew Shirley - Finance Manager, on 07704 665866.

About the role

Principal Finance Officer at East Sussex County Council

Are you looking for the opportunity to use your financial knowledge and experience to make a real difference?

We are looking for an outstanding candidate to support Children’s Services achieve the best outcomes for East Sussex’s children and young people in our Service Finance team.    

As a Principal Finance Officer, you will be a trusted business partner and advisor, providing financial insight and guidance to your clients enabling the best use of resources and effective decision-making. You will be passionate about delivering high quality customer service and be able to support other team members deliver the same.  

You will be comfortable with the complexity of working with multiple funding streams and able to challenge and influence the Service you support to achieve their service outcomes.

Essential Skills

  • You will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to present complex information to a wide range of stakeholders, including non-finance experts.
  • You will be able to demonstrate business partnering excellence and a commitment to providing exceptional customer service.
  • You will be proficient with ICT tools: Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Teams. SAP experience would be beneficial.
  • You will have a sound knowledge of financial processes and ideally been involved in setting up processes in the past.
  • You will be a self-starter, organised, self-motivated and be able to demonstrate drive and creativity.  


You will be either an AAT qualified, part/fully qualified CCAB/CIMA accountant or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge through experience.

Remuneration details

This is a permanent SS11 Principal Finance Officer position. The salary would be £33,145 – £35,802 (pending any 21/22 pay award).


This position will be based in Lewes (although we are currently working remotely under Covid-19 restrictions and currently reviewing longer term arrangements). There may be some travel across the county to support the Service as necessary.

Other Useful Information

At the time of this advert, our service is mostly working from home.  Assessments and interviews will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams.  You will need to possess the flexibility and skills to support remote induction to the team and to develop effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders remotely.

East Sussex is a great county in which to work. Lewes is just 10 minutes by train from Brighton and just over an hour from Central London. We offer a flexible approach to working and the support of a large team and stable leadership with rewarding and diverse opportunities for career progression.

How do I find out more?

If you would like to know more about these positions or have an informal discussion, please contact Andrew Shirley on 07704 665866 in Children’s Finance.

For more information on East Sussex County Council, please have a look at https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/

To apply, please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs. Closing date is Sunday 30 January 2022

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.

Company information

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.


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  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/176313/20046
  • Published: Mon 10/01/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 30/01/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £33,145 - £35,802 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN7 1UE