Lancaster City Council is an award winning, ambitious and inclusive Council, serving a wide range of communities across city, coast and countryside, including the historic City of Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and the surrounding area. Our Corporate Services team has a large and diverse range of responsibilities including financial, democratic, HR, ICT and revenues and benefits services. The highly multi-functional Corporate Services team is well integrated and provides a really positive, welcoming environment with a notably professional and focussed work ethic in supporting the Council’s environmental, economic and community priorities for the district.
The Financial Services team exists to ensure the Council is able to effectively secure, deploy and manage its resources in pursuit of its ambitious goals, such as its sector-leading Carbon Zero programme. We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual who would be responsible for providing a wide range of financial and systems administration support. You must be able to demonstrate a high degree of financial technical accounting ability, whilst also possessing excellent communication and strong financial management skills.
As Principal Accountant (Corporate Finance) your main purpose will be to support the Accountancy Manager and s151 Officer in leading and managing the Corporate Finance team in delivering Council priorities. You will be responsible for a range of financial and accountancy activities including the preparation of capital and revenue budgets in support of the corporate financial planning process. You will support the closure of accounts process, liaise with the auditors and ensure the statutory accounts are completed on time. You will assist in the production of the Annual Treasury Management and Capital strategies as well as accounting & budgeting for Collection Fund including input into business rates forecasting & liaison with major preceptors. You will also provide support and advice in respect of VAT, monitoring compliance with regulations, submitting returns and acting as liaison point with HMRC. In addition, the role has line management responsibility for the Corporate Finance team, providing training, staff development and daily management.
The position is challenging and will require strong financial analysis skills and input into reporting for various stakeholders, including senior managers, Heads of Service, Directors & Members. Post holders must hold full professional membership of CIPFA or equivalent (ACA, ACCA or CIMA).
The Council has a great range of innovative programmes and opportunities, including our Zero Carbon initiatives, LATCOs, Eden & housing projects as well as a Housing Revenue Account with a significant portfolio of social housing. Positive attributes would, therefore include skills in project finance and accounting, development finance and the financial management of linked organisations.
This post is permanent. The hours of work are 37 per week, working Monday to Friday. This post will require a hybrid approach to working, with attendance at onsite and online meetings, bookable workspaces and working from home. Meetings may be in Lancaster, Morecambe or elsewhere in the District and County. Your assumed place of work will be Lancaster City Centre.
The Council currently operates an excellent Flexible Working Hours Scheme which applies to this post. Subject to the needs of the business, this may allow employees to work between the hours of 6:00am-10:30pm and take flexi days in addition to a generous annual leave allocation.
We are an Investor in People, Forces Friendly employer, and an Armed Forces Covenant committed organisation. We welcome applications from defence reserves and other members of our armed forces community. We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from all parts of our community. We are happy to consider part time and / or job share applicants for these roles.
Excellent benefits include: A Local Government Pension Scheme (the Council makes a 17.4% contribution), discounted gym membership, discounted car parking permit, leave purchase scheme and discount on days out, activities and retail.
Lancaster City Council has unanimously declared a climate emergency and will therefore work towards reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. As part of this role, you will be expected to participate and work towards reducing both carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change.
For an informal discussion about this role and the opportunities that it offers, please contact Paul Thompson (Head of Financial Services and s151 Officer) 01524 582603 or email email@example.com.
Interview date: TBC