Folkestone & Hythe is a vibrant, connected and energetic district located on Kent’s south coast. Thanks to the high-speed rail, it’s just under an hour away from London. And it’s where you’ll find some fantastic benefits, including corporate memberships and reward schemes, an Employee Assistance Programme, the Local Government Pension Scheme, and much more.
About the role
As our Chief Financial Services Officer, you’ll manage a broad portfolio of work that includes Corporate Debt, Business Rates, Housing Income Recovery, Insurance, Risk Management and of course the core Accountancy function. The Finance team mostly work remotely and come into the office on the first Tuesday of every month. You’ll bring a similarly flexible approach, and you’re happy to attend Committee meetings several times a month.
Your focus will be on providing strong leadership, as well as maintaining effective financial administration and stewardship. By ensuring compliance, you’ll help meet our statutory, regulatory and professional obligations. You’ll lead the budget monitoring and preparation of the Council’s annual financial statements activities. And you’ll lead the teams who are advising our Members and senior leaders on the financial implications of what we’re doing now and in the future. We have an ambitious agenda and there will be the opportunity to play a key role in considering the financial implications for the Council of our Garden Town project Otterpool Park.
We’re looking for someone who brings at least five years’ experience of successfully leading teams in local government or public sector finance. You know what it takes to maintain a strong, effective performance culture. And you understand how to navigate a large, complex political environment and work with elected Members.
In terms of technical capability, you bring a CCAB (Accountancy) qualification, as well as the detailed knowledge required for effective budget monitoring and the preparation of financial statements. You understand current thinking, best practices, feasibility, project scoping, business planning and delivery. Plus, you have a track record of delivering successful budget and year-end processes, and managing relationships at every level.
Applications will be considered as they are submitted.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once enough suitable applications are received.
For a confidential discussion, please contact Andrew Barton on 07922 386432 or firstname.lastname@example.org