Full time 37 hours
RG6 -scp 28-scp 33, gateway at scp 31
£32,798 - £37,568
Reading Borough Council is a complex unitary authority with assets in excess of £1.2 billion and a turnover in excess of £0.3 billion per annum. The primary purpose of this role is to manage and undertake reconciliations of all the financial transactions of the council, including bank accounts, general ledger, and feeder systems.
Reporting to the Senor Accountant this role will contribute to the ongoing review and development of effective processes and procedures, plus assist with the production and audit of the Statement of Accounts.
Although based in Reading, the Council is currently operating hybrid working arrangements which can be flexible based on candidate’s wellbeing and work requirements.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.
About the role
The post holder will work within the Chief Accountant’s team will also influence many other roles across the council to ensure that robust reconciliation arrangements are in place. You will have supervision of 2 Accountancy Assistants who will assist in the production of bank reconciliations.
Main duties and responsibilities
- Liaising with the Council’s internal and external auditors regarding the reconciliations of the council’s bank accounts
- Assist the Chief Accountant in the production and audit of the annual Statement of Accounts, with specific responsibility for the cash and cash equivalents note
- Ensure that improvements made to the processes for financial reconciliations implemented as part of the finance transformation programme
- Provide support, advice, and training to staff within finance team and the wider Council relating to the financial reconciliations
You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:
Work Together as one team - champion and inspire a culture which ensures that all employees across the organisation work together to provide excellent outcomes for Reading
Drive Efficiency - create an environment in which resources are used efficiently and employees’ skills are developed and used effectively
Be Ambitious - aspire to deliver excellence and inspire and support others to reach their potential
Make a Difference to Reading - inspire a culture in which the customer is the focus and where change is welcomed as an opportunity
The following experience is required for this role:
- The role would suit an experienced AAT officer, or part qualified accountant/qualified by experience
- Reconciling accounting records preferably within a local government/complex organisational context
- Working with complex accounting systems and supporting the closure of accounts processes and providing transactional evidence to external auditors
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to work to deadlines and with high levels of accuracy
- IT literate with strong Excel skills and able to analyse complex data
- Happy working on own initiative with minimal supervision
- Able to prioritise competing demands on time when faced with several targets and deadlines
- The workbase is Reading Civic Centre. This role is suitable for flexible working with minimal presence in the Civic Centre depending on work requirements.
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
For more information on this position please contact Stephen.email@example.com
Closing Date: 16th May
Interview Date: w/c 23rd May
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.