Senior Finance Lead - Capital & Commercial

Client: London Borough of Sutton

Location:

Salary: £40,869 - £48,819 (£50,826 unconsolidated maximum)

Closing date: Monday, 13 December 2021 23:30

Senior Finance Lead - Capital & Commercial

Employer  

Sutton Council

Location(s)  

Kingston, Sutton

Contract Type  

Permanent

Working Hours  

Full Time

Grade  

9

Hour Per Week  

36

Salary Range  

£40,869 - £48,819 (£50,826 unconsolidated maximum)

Salary Basis  

Per annum

Leave Entitlement  

31 days

Application Deadline  

12/12/2021, 23:55

Anticipated Interview Date(s)  

14/12/2021

About the Borough  

In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ. 

Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.

All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.

About the Role  

We’re looking for a Senior Finance Lead - Capital and Commercial to join our Commercial Finance and Investment team.

The role will be required to support the Commercial Finance and Investment function to support the development and delivery of the Capital Investment programmes of one of the two Councils. Ensuring the Councils comply with statutory requirements and deadlines, balancing planned and reactive requirements and delivering subject matter expertise on commercial activities, capital programming and investment financing.

The post holder will work flexibly and in line with our values, supporting the Commercial Finance and Investment function by leading or contributing to a variety of investment programmes and managing the capital programme.

About Us  

The Shared Finance Service was established in April 2017 and provides financial services to the London Borough of Sutton and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. We have many customers including, front-line Council services, Councillors, residents, Council owned companies, businesses and partner organisations from other sectors. We deliver professional accountancy and financial management, commercial advice and expert analysis, innovative finance operations and financial inclusion services for vulnerable residents.

We have achieved a lot in our first three years of operation and are ambitious in our vision to do more. We are delighted to have recently been shortlisted for a 2020 Public Finance Award for Alternative Service Delivery Model of the Year. These awards celebrate the best in public finance services and recognise inspiration, innovation and exceptional achievement.

About You  

To succeed in the role you will need sound knowledge and understanding of capital programming, budgeting and accounting in a large and complex organisation. The post holder will need to understand financial modelling and business case development including viability assessments or options appraisals.  

You will be confident in using digital technologies effectively to deliver customer focussed finance activities including Google applications, Word, Excel (advanced level), Powerpoint and software packages to record and manipulate data. The post holder should also be able to provide advice and challenge to budget holders, managers and finance colleagues,

Our Offer To You  

As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
  • Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Car parking scheme
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Zip car scheme
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
  • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
  • Subsidised gym membership

Application Process  

Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.

To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Additional Information  

We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.

COVID-19 Information  

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. Due to the ongoing situation, interviews for short listed candidates will take place virtually through video technology for the foreseeable future.

 

The majority of staff continue to work from home, where possible, however the post holder may be required to come to the office for team meetings or collaborative working. In the long term staff will be expected to work in a hybrid manner, working at least 2 days in the office and rest from home.