Senior Finance Business Partner (HRA, Capital and Projects)
36 hours per week
Salary: £48,288 (potential for market supplement for the right candidate)
About the Council
Epping Forest District Council takes its name from the forest which runs from its southern boundary northwards. The district shares boundaries with Greater London and Hertfordshire.
The three main settlements of Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell and Loughton contain more than half the population of approximately 131,000 people but occupy only 5% of the district. The remaining 95% is made up of separate market towns, villages and hamlets in attractive countryside; most of the district is protected as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt, with no less than 25 Designated Conservation Areas.
As well as its rural aspect, Epping Forest has excellent transport links, with the M25 and M11 motorways running through the district and central London is only 30 minutes away through direct access to the Central Line.
It is a great place where people enjoy living, working, learning and leisure.
The Council has ambitious plans and a first-class Finance function is integral to the achievement of those plans. To this end, the Corporate Finance Team is undergoing transformational change, with an overwhelming commitment to customer service and a clear vision to achieve financial sustainability and excellence in all its forms.
About the Role
A great opportunity has arisen for a full-time (36.0 hours per week) Senior Finance Business Partner (Housing Revenue Account, Capital and Projects) to lead the HRA, Capital and Projects work cluster within the Corporate Finance Team.
Reporting directly to the Service Head and responsible for leading and line managing two staff, the successful candidate will ensure that Service Directors and their Budget Holders receive a first-class financial support service based on sound Business Partnering principles and nationally recognised good practice. This will include:
· Ensuring that annual HRA budget and Capital Programme budgets are accurately prepared, profiled, monitored and reported in accordance with the Council’s Financial Planning and Management timetable based on robust assumptions and sound intelligence
· Ensuring that the HRA (Financial) Business Plan is maintained, monitored, and utilised in the development of HRA revenue and capital spending plans, helping to ensure an optimum balance between adequately maintaining existing stock and developing new Housing
· Supporting the Service Head in developing and maintaining a rolling Medium-Term Financial Plan
· Supporting the Principal Accountant and the wider Corporate Finance Team in the delivery of the other key outputs (e.g. the preparation of the annual Statement of Accounts); and
· Providing professional financial advice and support to corporate and service projects when required, including direct representation on project boards.
The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA) with local government experience, which includes significant accounting knowledge and experience of the HRA, as well as an understanding of the legal framework within which the HRA operates.
A general working knowledge of Capital Accounting is also desirable, although responsibility for complex capital financing and accounting directly resides within a separate Technical Team.
Staff supervision and people management experience is a requirement and experience of working with, advising and influencing senior officers on financial matters is also required.
A genuine enthusiasm for transformation and excellence is essential.
The Council is firmly committed to professional development and expects the same in new recruits to the Corporate Finance Team. To this end the Council is committed to ensuring that officers appointed to certain posts within the Team achieve the CIPFA Diploma in Finance Business Partnering within two years of appointment. If you already have this qualification, it would be desirable. However, study support would be offered to the right candidate in order to achieve this once appointed.
What we can Offer You
A competitive salary of £48,288 is available. A market supplement could also be available for the right candidate.
The Council can offer an excellent working environment through its new “collaborative working” approach, which promotes remote working as well as on site working at our newly refurbished Civic Offices in Epping, which is a modern, high specification workspace.
The Council also offers a range of other benefits including a basic 28 days annual leave in addition to public holidays and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).