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Chief Accountant
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/16908/8166
  • Published: Tue 24/03/2020, 9:35 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 12/04/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £71,252 - £80,586 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, Surrey

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Chief Accountant

With an exciting new financial Improvement programme, new Community Vision for Surrey and organisational strategy in place, we have made huge strides over the past year; stabilising our finances and developing a transformation programme that will fundamentally change the way we work, for the benefit of Surrey residents. The challenge is huge, the opportunities even greater!

Our ambitious Finance Improvement Programme is redefining the way we work as partners with the wider organisation. You will be at the forefront of excellent financial management and transformation, part of a team working to deliver great services to the community and to ensure our finances are sustainable.

We are looking for finance professionals who are forward thinking, influential and able to make a real impact. We're looking for fresh ideas and inspiration to help us in our transformation, building on solid foundations in our drive to be the best.

This post is the lead for the organisation's financial accounting reporting and the statement of accounts, working collaboratively with finance business partners and senior managers to enable a strong culture of financial management and robust financial information and reporting.

You will be a CCAB qualified accountant with significant experience in a local authority or similar organisations. You will be able to demonstrate experience in the preparation of statutory accounts, together with strong technical accounting skills and a good working knowledge of the local authority financial codes of practice. You should also have a proven track record of undertaking complex financial analysis and possess the ability to communicate this information in an understandable manner to a wide range of users, including members, senior management and auditors. 

You will have excellent financial management capability combined with strong communication, relationship-building and influencing skills.

If this sounds like you, we would welcome your application!

For more information, please find the full job description at the bottom of this page.

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For an informal discussion please contact Anna D'Alessandro at We look forward to receiving your application.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 12th April 2020.

Interviews are scheduled for weeks commencing 20th and 27th April and may be held by phone or Skype.

You will benefit from a local government salary related pension, and a variety of other benefits. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups