Sevenoaks District Council
Finance System Support Officer
Salary Band C £23,706 to 26,107
A generous annual leave allowance of 24 days (plus an additional 5 days depending on having Continuous Local Government Service).
Here at Sevenoaks we pride ourselves on treating both our employees and communities we serve with dignity and respect. We are an award winning Council having achieved the Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 for being financially self-sufficient, are one of the few organisations in the country to retain its Platinum Investors in People status. We were voted LGC Council of the Year 2017 and won a Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation award in 2018. The successes of the Finance Team have been recently recognised where the Finance Team has been nominated and is a finalist in the 2020 Public Finance Awards – Finance Team of the Year - Councils.
We are looking for an experienced Finance Support Officer to join our busy team based at the main Council Offices at Argyle Road in Sevenoaks. We are looking for a proactive, can do person with experience of Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. You should also be able to deliver excellent Customer Service to help drive our award winning Council forward. Occasionally, you may be required to work slightly outside of normal office hours so a willingness to take a flexible approach to your duties is essential.
The successful applicant will be able to work efficiently and accurately to deadline, working effectively as both part of a team and independently using their own initiative. Full details are contained in the job description.
As you will often be dealing with queries from staff from all levels in the Council including Chief Officers and Members, key to your success in the role is experience of communicating financial issues with non-accounting staff and a high degree of awareness of your customer’s needs.
The Finance team is a central part of many of the Councils activities and is driven by the ambition of excellence in financial management. Customer service is a key part of the culture at Sevenoaks District Council and we strive to support all aspects of the authority.
The Finance Function is made up of the Finance System Team and the Accountancy Team, as shown in the attached structure. Both teams work closely together to deliver Finance support across the authority. As a Finance System Support Officer you will be line managed by a System Finance Officer but will benefit from the experience and knowledge of the accountants and finance specialists you work alongside.
The Successful Applicant:
- Experience of using a large accounting system such as Business World (Agresso)
- Be able to process large volumes of data relating to supplier invoices accurately and respond to and resolve enquiries from suppliers.
- Experience of monitoring Account Receivable customers and taking recovery action as required
- Knowledge of the different types of income received through the bank and other sources and processing of these items
- Experience of using Microsoft packages especially Excel
Interested in the role and want to know more?
Please contact Jackie Weyman, Finance System Team Leader 01732 227 133 or Sandra Adams, System Support Officer, 01732 227 372 for an informal discussion about the role.
Need advice on how to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?
Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements as your application will be judged against these criteria.
How to get to us:
Sevenoaks is only half an hour from central London by train. You will be based at the Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. TN13 1HG, however due to the current pandemic and current Government advice at the time of advert the role will require a combination of both remote and office based working. A free staff car park is available on site.
Closing date: 28 February 2021
Interviews: week commencing 8th March 2021
Assessment process: Interview and test