Reporting to the Assistant Director of Financial Control, this role leads the delivery of financial transactions across the organisation ensuring that financial transactional processes are effective, a robust financial control environment is maintained, and value for money is obtained.
The role provides effective and inspiring leadership to the Financial Transactions team, fostering a high performing culture through continuous improvement.
As part of the Directorate of Finance and Audit, the Financial Transactions team is responsible for ensuring the organisation has robust, effective and customer-focused financial transactional processes in place.
This position is an 18 month Fixed Term Contract, well suited to an interim finance professional who enjoys adding value and project accounting.
- Successfully lead the Financial Transactions teams, including Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, in an efficient and effective manner
- Carry out effective monitoring of transactional processes to highlight and eliminate financial control weaknesses, working closely with other members of the Finance Directorate as necessary
- Continually analyse current processes to identify and implement ways to improve processes and financial control
- Ensure the organisations treatment of VAT is appropriate, efficient and compliant with HMRC rules, and that all VAT returns are completed in a timely manner
- Working closely with Financial Control colleagues, liaise with external audit over the audit period to ensure smooth progression of the Annual Report and Accounts
- As a recognised expert, provide technical accounting advice and guidance in line with IFRS and the financial
- reporting manual (FReM) and other relevant Government guidance documents
- Ensuring financial processes are simple, intuitive and clearly articulated whilst effectively maintain robust financial controls and manage financial risks
- Develop effective and efficient processes for all financial transaction areas to ensure they continue to be fit for purpose and aligned, as far as possible, to standardised government processes
- Take a lead role in financial improvement projects, ensuring process changes are in line with financial transactions policies and are flexible to adapt to future plans
- Identify and mitigate the effects of any emerging changes in the finance environment, ensuring minimum impact on operational business delivery.
- Proactively support initiatives to continuously improve and transform financial systems and data, in a way that meets stakeholder needs
- Support the delivery of a finance improvement programme across the Directorate to ensure staff have the right skills, knowledge and tools to drive high quality and valuable outputs and outcomes for the business
- Support the management of finance risks, ensuring that issues are identified, actioned, escalated, managed and mitigated as appropriate
Must be ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified with a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience
Demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and positively influence a team, with 3 + years management experience
Demonstrate solid understanding of up to date accounting standards (including IFS)
Show an understanding and evidence for working under pressure, as a collaborative member of the team
Have experience dealing with senior stakeholders / business partnering (Desired)
Experience in the Not-for Profit / Public Sector (Advantageous)
Demonstrate an understanding of ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle, Agresso or Netsuite
A chance to add-value utilising key pre-existing technical and commercial skills, while being challenged on personal and professional development with the support of a friendly and evolving team.
Future permanent opportunities may be on offer within the organisation.
Discretionary bonus for personal based performance.