Some 165,000 people call the borough of Wokingham home. With great schools, up-to-date facilities and a beautiful semi-rural location, there’s an exceptional quality of life – and it’s about to get even better. Right now, we have major plans for the future, designed around our residents: 13,000 new homes, better infrastructure and a commitment to creating the best possible children’s services.
Wokingham Borough Council is looking for a dynamic senior finance business partnering professional to lead the Council’s finance support to the Resources & Assets Directorate and the Council’s Change Programme.
As a qualified accountant with significant experience in public sector accounting, you will be responsible for leading a team of accountancy professionals in supporting to the Resources & Assets Directorate and the Council’s Change Programme. This is a key role in an area facing challenging budget control in the light of high demand and demographic pressures.
You will be the key support to both the Deputy Chief Executive, Assistant Directors with a strong dotted line to Assistant Director, Digital & Change; you will be the strategic financial advisor to the Directorate Leadership Team, providing timely and high-quality strategic and technical financial advice, ensuring the continuity of sound financial management, governance, and value for money. You will provide finance oversight and scrutiny to the improvement programme, an in-house review of processes with the directorate.
Reporting to the Head of Finance Business Partnering, your role will include the development and management of staff, provision of guidance and support to the directorate budget managers as well as developing strong working relationships with key stakeholders.
To be considered for the role you must be a qualified accountant (exceptionally QBE will be considered) with management and leadership experience some of which would have been gained in the local government sector. Able to demonstrate excellent stakeholder management skills, strong communication and presentation skills you will also have an outstanding track record in delivering a customer focused service.
Employed by Wokingham Borough Council, you will enjoy all the usual benefits of being a local authority employee, including generous leave entitlement, membership of the local government pension scheme, flexi-time, and the opportunity for smart working.
You will be based in Wokingham town centre, a short walk from the railway station and easily accessible by car. Currently most staff at WBC are working from home in accordance with government guidelines. The future working pattern is likely to be a combination of flexible home working and office based.
Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers, and volunteers to share this commitment.
To apply, please follow the link to the online application form. CVs are not accepted. If shortlisted for interview, Wokingham Borough Council operates a competency based interview process.
Closing date: 11 PM, Monday, 21 June 2021.
For an informal discussion, please contact Stu Taylor, Head of Finance Business Partnering on 07525 804116.
Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment.
Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer