Accountant

Job Description

Description

Job Purpose - Temporary role 22 February to 7 May - daily rate £350
    
To undertake accounting, budgetary control and financial administration duties in respect of the Capital Programme and Fixed Assets. This involves providing financial advice and information to assist managers in the delivery of the agreed Council Capital Programme. 
 
 
Main Duties and Responsibilities
    
 
 Responsible for supporting Council Services in the monitoring and reporting of Capital projects, including the analysis and investigation of variances and, through discussions and meetings with Service Managers, the preparation of the quarterly Capital monitoring report detailing the progress of Capital projects inclusive of the outturn summary and other standing capital performance plans and reports. As appropriate, influence Service Managers to take any relevant corrective actions
 
Responsible for the maintenance and reconciliation of designated Capital holding accounts
 
 To assist the Senior Accountant and Finance Manager with the preparation of the annual and 3 year Capital Programme. This will involve reviewing business cases and assisting non-finance managers to finalise their individual budgets with associated ongoing performance management
 
 To assist the Senior Accountant in preparing the year-end Statement of Accounts  content. This will involve assisting in the closure of Capital cost centres, liaising with the Council’s Property section and external valuation specialist, the review of additions to the Fixed Asset Register and supporting the production of Capital working papers to aid the Balance Sheet disclosures and associated Notes to the Statement of Accounts including Property, Plant and Equipment, Investment Properties, Intangible Assets, Revaluations and Leases
 
  Liaise with and support the Assistant Accountant in maintaining a complete and accurate Fixed Assets Register and accounting system ledger, verifying the accuracy of all accounting entries processed
 
   Partner with the Treasury Accountant to ensure that all relevant Capital-related financial data included within the Council’s Budget modelling is accurate and consistent with the equivalent Treasury information
 
 Work closely with the Treasury Accountant to formulate accurate cashflow projections  
 
   To prepare any other financial information as required by the Senior Accountant, Finance Manager or Service Managers. This will involve the ability to extract raw data from a variety of sources in order to produce meaningful management information using advanced spreadsheet techniques (primarily utilising Microsoft Excel)
 
    Significant involvement with the improvement of financial systems and controls, developing and implementing appropriate changes
 
To be aware of Capital legislation and keep up-to-date with any technical developments
 
·       Provide ad hoc advice and guidance on Capital accounting to service units and accountancy staff. This will involve resolving queries as well as reviewing and designing new systems and procedures to overcome problem areas
 
  Represent the Financial Reporting Team at all meetings attached to the job role
 
 To complete required financial returns (to Government departments) and statistical returns to various bodies
 
 To manage his/her own work to ensure that programmed timetables specified by the Senior Accountant and Finance Manager are met
 
To liaise closely with the Senior Accountant who will determine the areas of work to be undertaken by the team. The Capital Accountant will then take full responsibility for service provision in these areas
 
 Deputise for the Senior Accountant in their absence
 
  Any other duties as set being commensurate with the job grading and in agreement with the Senior Accountant and Finance Manager
 
 Promote equality as an integral part of the role, treating everyone with fairness and dignity
 
Comply with WBC health and safety policies, procedures and rules, taking reasonable care of self and others
 
Adhere to the standards set out in the WBC competency framework
 
Scope (impact on/control of resources, people, money etc)
    
Total Capital Budgets: in excess of £130m (internal and externally funded)
 
Person Specification
    
Qualifications
      
    
Undertaking AAT Level 3 or above or already a qualified Accounting Technician or equivalent (evidence required), or qualified by experience
      
    
Experience
    
3 years of experience in an accounting environment, preferably within Local Government
      
    
Knowledge and understanding
    
Understanding of the Capital funding arrangements of Local Authorities
      
    
Understanding of the accounting principles relating to Capital/Fixed Assets
      
    
Skills and abilities
    
Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages, specifically Excel
      
    
 
Must have experience of working with accounting systems (Agresso preferred) and be able to demonstrate excellent analytical skills
     Essential
     1
    
Experience of undertaking data reconciliations
     Essential
     1
    
Work-related personal qualities
    
Team working skills
     Essential
     1
    
Time management skills and effective ability to prioritise tasks
     Essential
     2
    
Experience of liaising with all levels of management
     Desirable
     1
    
Strong communication skills (presentational, written and verbal)
     Essential
     3
    
Other work-related requirements      
    
Enhanced DBS check with relevant barred list/s
     No
    
Is this post politically restricted?
     No
    

      
    

    

    

    
 
 

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