Head of Finance
  • Employer: Brent Council
  • Reference: BC/20/126346
  • Published: Tue 12/05/2020, 9:58 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 01/06/2020, 23:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Salary: £65,122 - £76,370 p.a. inc.
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ, Brent

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Head of Finance

Salary range: £65,122 - £76,370 p.a. inc.

Contract: Permanent

Hours of work: 40 hours per week

Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time


Head of Finance - Community Wellbeing  


Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.


The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.



The Post


The Head of Finance at Brent is part of the Council's core senior managers' group and supports a specific Council Directorate or Corporate Function. This role requires a highly skilled individual with a blend of technical, leadership and influencing skills across a broad strategic agenda. Post holders are expected to take responsibility for key activities including:

• Provision of advice directly to and manage relationships with Members, Strategic Directors and Senior Managers across the council, and to manage comparable relationships with major partners and contractors.

• Financial & Management Accounting, Ad hoc Project Management, overseeing the implementation of new financial initiatives and working collaboratively across relevant functional areas within the business.

• Provide added value analysis and insight to Heads of Service and Directors on all aspects of the department’s financial performance, providing clear recommendations for improvement.

• Manage significant budget areas, ensuring that effective internal control, governance and compliance is in place and that all external obligations being met.

• Be capable of deputising for the statutory chief finance officer (s151 officer).



The Person


The successful candidate will be CCAB qualified (CIPFA is preferred) with strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills and a good understanding of Local Government as well as personal integrity and the necessary gravitas to influence and build strong relationships.

You will ideally have been a key contributor and driver in an organisation which has undergone significant business transformation with demonstrable success in working collaboratively and proactively with Senior Managers and key stakeholders to improve an organisation’s financial performance.

You should also be highly proactive with a detail-conscious approach and strong commercial acumen. A willingness to constructively challenge and question assumptions, underpinned by a solutions-focused style is vitally important.

This specific post will support our Community Wellbeing Directorate, so a strong background in Adult Social Care and Housing would be preferable.
For more details about this opportunity please contact Hoda Nassr on 0208 937 4595 or via email at hoda.nassr@brent.gov.uk for a confidential discussion.


Closing Date: 1st June 2020 (23:00)

Assessment & Interview Date: W/C 29th June


Additional Information


Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.


We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.


Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.


As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on recruitment@brent.gov.uk.  Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.


Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.


How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided. Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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