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Principal Accountant

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Grade 10 – £33,782 to £35,745 per annum 
37 hours per week (Monday to Friday) 

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a positive attitude and willing to embrace change initiatives, who can contribute to the provision of an efficient, effective and comprehensive accountancy and financial management service for the Council.

You will have the ability to organise your own time effectively, consistently seeking ways of improving performance, and be able to adapt and work effectively in different situations in order to carry out a variety of tasks.  You will be able to communicate information clearly and accurately.  You will provide excellent service to internal and external customers based on understanding and meeting their needs and responding to requests in a timely manner. You will actively help others to improve performance and provide constructive feedback.

As one of a team of Accountants you will be responsible for the supervision and coordination of regular major tasks, including preparation of budget estimates, budgetary control, which includes initiating action necessary in respect of variances, financial reporting, briefings, projections, returns and claims and the compilation and publication of financial accounts and where required to do so will carry out elements of these tasks. You will provide advice and interpretation in relation to financial regulations and the operation and development of appropriate financial practices and procedures. 

You will also be involved in the operation of the Council’s treasury management functions, including liaison with the Council’s bankers, borrowing and investments. Additionally you will supervise and where necessary carry out the financial administration of charities, including the preparation of accounts and deal with financial matters relating to the Council’s role in partnerships with external organisations. You will attend committee, working group and other meetings, as appropriate.  Attendance at evening meetings may also be occasionally required.

Preferably, you should have a relevant accountancy qualification from a CCAB recognised body, preferably CIPFA. Knowledge of accounting principles and practices and of financial processes and procedures is essential. You should have the ability to analyse data and complex issues and possess problem solving and negotiation skills. You should have substantial practical experience of working within an accountancy environment and be familiar with computerised financial information systems, particularly general ledger. 

Ability to use Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel is essential. Local authority experience, knowledge of CIPFA accounting codes of practice and knowledge of treasury management practices and procedures is desirable. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Sarah Wilkes, Head of Finance on 01782 742119 or Craig Turner, Finance Manager on 01782 742112.

As a progressive organisation, we also welcome applications from candidates keen on working in an agile environment with flexible conditions.  We also offer a range of learning and development opportunities, generous annual leave, free car-parking as well as membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme. 

Closing date: 5pm on Friday, 17 January 2021. 

(Should we receive a large number of applications, then this post could close sooner than the date stated)


To apply for this post: 

Please download an application form as a PDF (pdf 173kb) or Word Document (1mb) and email to (humanresources@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk)

You can also download a Job Description (pdf 78kb), Person Specification (pdf 80kb), Recruitment Statement (pdf 126kb) and Guidance Notes (pdf 170kb)

For any further questions you can contact Human Resources on 01782 742265/742266 (24hrs) or email us at (humanresources@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk)

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.  The Council is also committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Page last updated 10 December 2020

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