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Principal Accountant

  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/490/37210
  • Published: Mon 25/04/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 20/05/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £45648 - £49402 (pay award pending)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Bartholomew House

Job introduction

Principal Accountant – Economy, Environment & Culture

Salary Range: £45,650 - £49,400, pay award pending

Do you have experience of providing expert financial business partner support and advice? Do you have experience of building strong stakeholder relationships with a diverse range of partners and customers and of the skills to manage a team? Do you have proven communication skills and the desire to contribute to providing high-quality public services?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity to enhance your professional finance career as Principal Accountant supporting the Economy, Environment & Culture (EEC) directorate within our Finance team

Interview dates to be confirmed

For an informal discussion, please contact Jill Scarfield - Head of Finance at jill.scarfield@brighton-hove.gov.uk

About the role

We are recruiting for a Principal Accountant to join our EEC Finance Team. The Principal Accountant role is effectively a senior business partner role providing our customers with finance support and advice on a wide range of financial matters including financial management, budget planning, business case appraisal and development and capital investment programmes. The role involves direct management of a small team of finance officers.

You will report to a Head of Finance and will be using your financial skills and experience to lead on providing support to the EEC directorate including advising its Executive Director, senior management team, Councillors, service leads and budget holders.

The directorate covers a wide range of services from CityClean refuse & recycling to culture and sport, sustainable transport and major regeneration capital schemes. This directorate is heavily engaged in carbon reduction initiatives, regeneration of the city and providing city-wide council services that are accessible and inclusive to our diverse residents and visitors. Overall, the council has a gross budget of £846 million while the EEC directorate has a gross budget of around £109 million. It generates very large incomes for the council through services such as parking, planning and event venues and this is a key area of financial management support. It is involved in exciting developments such as Carbon Net-Zero initiatives, green energy and sustainability projects.

Previous experience in public sector finance is desirable but not essential and we welcome applications from experienced finance professionals from other sectors. However, the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate awareness of the implications of working within a public sector environment and how this affects financial management and planning arrangements.

Working in our finance team brings with it a range of benefits that we enjoy, including:

  • a friendly service with a broad age range and one where we are aiming for a gender-balanced and diverse service that reflects the city we serve;
  • a flexible workplace where we accommodate a wide range of working patterns and are keen to help staff maintain a good work-life balance; 
  • a team that supports and develops its staff. The council offers a  wide range of learning and development opportunities, and the team supports professional development.

Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours 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 Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Part office / part home – hybrid -  We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).

  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/490/37210
  • Published: Mon 25/04/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 20/05/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £45648 - £49402 (pay award pending)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Bartholomew House

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