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Our Finance Function

Our Finance Team is critical to our success.

We have recently restructured, established new roles and invested in the development our Finance Team to help deliver our ambitions through the Future Town, Future Council programme. Like other parts of Local Government austerity is still biting, however, Stevenage BC has taken the bold step to invest in its key support services to deliver long term success.

We are looking for ambitious finance staff to now enhance our team. We are looking for exceptional individuals that share the same values as us – the importance of delivering together as a team, working often without a blueprint and a commitment to see things through until the job is done.

We pride ourselves in ensuring that a highly professional team is available to the organisation supporting them in the delivery of their projects, whilst ensuring clear financial information is available and where necessary skilfully interpreted. Of course, we also do the statutory work very well.

All these roles will allow you to be involved in a wide range of exciting projects and much more.

We support our staff to reach their full potential because we recognise that investing in our staff is important to us, to ensure the right outcomes are achieved for our town. We give our finance professionals the opportunity to be exposed to new ventures (Regeneration, Housing Development) but with a structure in place to provide support. This may be through continuous CPD, mentoring and shared finance learning, specialised training like the Alternative Delivery Network.

The Roles

As we expand our team, we are now seeking exceptional candidates for the following three roles:

Finance Manager (Business Partner) – up to £54,405 - This role will champion the business partner model at all levels of the council, ensuring the finance team understand our services to offer high quality advice, with each team Member being the expert for specific services. This role also has specific responsibility for the oversight of our regeneration spend and will be involved in providing innovative solutions to funding challenges. This post will lead a team of professionals to deliver a consistent high quality service for our officers and Members and will operate at all levels within the Council. The candidate will ideally have a HRA background and experience with knowledge of housing legislation but also be able to be an influencer when liaising with housing and non-housing staff able to give high quality advice (avoiding all the HRA jargon but still getting the point across). This person will also be key to helping the organisation continually innovate and improve the way it works.

Key requirements - Qualified accountant, good people skills, experience in Local Government

Group Accountant (Capital and Treasury) – up to £52,000 - This role will champion high quality advice and funding solutions to meet the council’s capital ambitions as well as ensuring sound treasury advice. This role is part of our new technical team which will provide a professional advice service to the organisation and Business Partner colleagues. We will support you in understanding any new technical areas you may experience in the role and this is great opportunity to have exposure to projects requiring innovative funding solutions. The candidate will ideally have a capital technical background and experience with knowledge of Treasury Management, but be able to explain complex funding solutions simply. This person will also be key to helping the organisation continually innovate and improve the way it works.

Key requirements - Qualified accountant, must have experience of applying Local Government capital rules

Finance Business Partner Housing and Investment  - up to £56,000 - This role will champion our housing service whose functions range from housing management delivery through to supporting our council homes building programme which seeks to a significant number of new properties over the next 30 years. We will support you in understanding any new technical areas you may experience in the role and this is great opportunity to have exposure to projects requiring innovative funding solutions. The candidate will ideally have service based experience and be able to explain complex accounting issues simply, lead a team for a council wide consistent approach and be pro-active in solutions and problem solving. This person will also be key to helping the organisation continually innovate and improve the way it works.

Key requirements - Qualified accountant, must have experience of Housing Revenue Accounts and ideally experience of working in the housing area or be an exceptional candidate that is open to rapid development

There is a possibility to be flexible on remuneration packages for the right candidate who could add immediate value from the outset.

Group Accountant

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Group Accountant (Capital and Treasury) to join our Finance Team. This key role will work with key stakeholders across the organisation to drive forward our ambitious plan capital investment programme and treasury management strategy. This key post will support and implement our Capital Strategy which includes our ambitious town centre Regeneration, Digital Transformation agenda and Housing Delivery programme giving your financial expertise and ensuring innovative funding solutions e across both our General Fund and Housing Revenue Account.

About You

We are looking for someone who is ambitious, experienced in either Capital or treasury management and is keen to expand and develop their skills. You will be CCAB qualified preferable with local government experience and with a ‘can do’ attitude. Working in a busy finance team that has a reputation of providing excellent accountancy support.

What we can offer you

The Council can offer you a competitive salary and a pension scheme with generous employer contribution rates. We support a healthy work-life balance for our staff; providing flexible working, a flexi-time scheme and a range of family friendly policies including maternity, parental, adoption and paternity leave entitlements and the Childcare Voucher scheme. There is a minimum holiday entitlement of 24 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays rising to 30 days per annum after 10 years’ service. Additional employee benefits include a range of savings including retail & leisure discounts through CSSC and travel discounts through SmartGoStevenage. Other transport benefits include access to electric pool cars, bicycles and e-bikes for business use and purchase of bikes through CycleScheme. The Council considers health and well-being a key contributor to a strong workforce and provides discounted gym and leisure centre membership, Employee Assistance Provision as well as Occupational Heath support.

Housing Accountant

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Business Partner (Housing and Investment) to join our Finance. This key role will work with the Assistant Director of Housing and Investment and Housing Development to drive forward our an ambitious plan to deliver new housing and increase our housing stock for local residents over the next 30 years from a financial perspective. Over the coming few years we will be building and delivering new council homes, managing, maintaining and repairing our existing stock and providing support to tenants, the successful candidate will play a pivotal financial role in these projects as well as supporting the business on a day to day basis.

About You

We are looking for someone who is ambitious, wants to change their career direction, to gain experience and knowledge in the Housing Finance arena or you will be a Housing Finance professional. The stated salary is based on someone who wants to gain Housing Finance knowledge with more for a candidate with knowledge and experience.

The successful candidate will have good core accountancy skills in budget monitoring who can articulate ideas and deliver quality financial advice from a housing perspective. You will be CCAB qualified preferable with local government experience and with a ‘can do’ attitude. Working in a busy finance team that has a reputation of providing excellent accountancy support.

What we can offer you

The Council can offer you a competitive salary and a pension scheme with generous employer contribution rates. We support a healthy work-life balance for our staff; providing flexible working, a flexi-time scheme and a range of family friendly policies including maternity, parental, adoption and paternity leave entitlements and the Childcare Voucher scheme. There is a minimum holiday entitlement of 24 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays rising to 30 days per annum after 10 years’ service. Additional employee benefits include a range of savings including retail & leisure discounts through CSSC and travel discounts through SmartGoStevenage. Other transport benefits include access to electric pool cars, bicycles and e-bikes for business use and purchase of bikes through CycleScheme. The Council considers health and well-being a key contributor to a strong workforce and provides discounted gym and leisure centre membership, Employee Assistance Provision as well as Occupational Heath support.

Finance Manager

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Business Partner Manager to join our Accountancy team. . This is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to take the lead finance business partner, managing a team of highly motivated professionals to deliver a high quality service to the Council. In addition the role will be personally responsible in supporting our Regeneration Team in our £350 million inward investment Regeneration Programme, helping to build the Stevenage of tomorrow. Our vision is to reinvigorate the centre of Stevenage so that it once again represents the aspirations of its people and makes provision for the opportunities they seek.

This is a new role for the Council and the successful candidate will embed a responsive and focused service, adding value by ensuring that the team understand the areas of the business that they support and are equipped to provide first point of contact offer finance solutions.

What we can offer you

We have a generous study leave and bursary policy and can offer you ongoing continuous professional and leadership development.

The Council can offer you a competitive salary and a pension scheme with generous employer contribution rates. We support a healthy work-life balance for our staff; providing flexible working, a flexi-time scheme and a range of family friendly policies including maternity, parental, adoption and paternity leave entitlements and the Childcare Voucher scheme. There is a minimum holiday entitlement of 24 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays rising to 30 days per annum after 10 years’ service. Additional employee benefits include a range of savings including retail & leisure discounts through CSSC and travel discounts through SmartGoStevenage. Other transport benefits include access to electric pool cars, bicycles and e-bikes for business use and purchase of bikes through CycleScheme. The Council considers health and well-being a key contributor to a strong workforce and provides discounted gym and leisure centre membership, Employee Assistance Provision as well as Occupational Heath support.

 

 

 

 

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