Assistant Director Resources and S151 Officer

Location
King's Lynn, Norfolk
Salary
£70,000 - £80,000
Posted
Oct 10, 2019
Closes
Oct 27, 2019
Job Role
CFO
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Level of qualification
CIMA, Newly qualified, Qualified

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a district council covering a large geographical area, with a reputation for delivering results and for offering excellent career development opportunities to our staff. 

If you are a talented finance manager, looking for a varied and challenging workload, this is an excellent opportunity to expand your skills and experience within our newly-formed team of Assistant Directors. Supporting a small Senior Management Team to deliver the council’s corporate objectives, you will have the opportunity to contribute your financial expertise to a unique range of projects and initiatives, including our major house building program, our growing group of wholly-owned council companies and a range of major investment and development schemes.

The council is the major housing developer in the borough and also has a number of wholly-owned local authority companies. As the council's chief financial officer, you will need to take a leading role in these projects.

Coordinate and oversee the following Service Areas, ensuring effective leadership across all functions:

  • Financial Services;
  • Revenues and Benefits;
  • Audit and Fraud;
  • ICT

KEY AREAS

  • As the Council’s Chief Financial Officer (Section 151 Officer) the role of this post is to ensure the proper administration of the Councils financial affairs
    • First point of contact for Senior Management Team and Members in respect of the financial affairs of the Council
    • To provide financial support and advice to Senior Management Team and Members
    • To co-ordinate and respond to requests for financial advice and information from Senior Management Team, Members and the Communications Team
    • To complete, authorise and submit statutory returns
    • Liaison with external bodies
  • Coordinate and oversee a range of services/cross-service Project Teams, including Line Management of Service Managers/Team Managers as appropriate. These may change from time to time to reflect Council priorities and emerging issues.
  • Direct responsibility for the effective management and day to day operation of Financial Services.
  • Share responsibility with other Assistant Directors/Senior Management Team for effective delivery of services across the range of the Authority’s functions and responsibilities. Actively encourage cross-service working and sharing of expertise/resources to facilitate overall achievement of corporate objectives on time and within budget.

 

CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE IN THE JOB

Essential Knowledge

  • Full CIPFA qualification
  • Management qualification equivalent to Diploma/NVQ Level 5 and at least 3 years’ managerial experience within public sector finance
  • A proven track record of working effectively in a political environment, advising and informing Elected Members and gaining their confidence
  • Knowledge of all major issues currently affecting Local Government finance
  • Detailed understanding of the role of a Section 151 Officer and relevant statutory requirements.
  • Experience of successful partnership working with external bodies and partner organisations to facilitate joint working and achievement of organisational objectives.
  • Experience of dealing with transformation, modernisation and change programmes.

Essential Skills

  • Effective communication skills, including the ability to produce complex reports, adapt style to engage different audiences and deliver financial information in an accessible manner.
  • Ability to build effective and productive relationships with colleagues, partners and key stakeholders.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and plan and organise workloads, judging priorities and reconciling conflicting demands and pressures.
  • The ability to effectively manage and motivate staff
  • Ability to set individual/team objectives and targets that support corporate priorities and aims

 

Closing Date: 27 October 2019

Interview Date: 11 November 2019