Chief Finance Officer

Client: Orkney Islands Council

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £63,219 - £69,789 (including Distant Islands Allowance)

Closing date: Friday, 14 June 2024 23:30

Chief Finance Officer

Interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post, in accordance with Council Policy.

Located in Orkney, recently voted the best place to live in the United Kingdom; Orkney Health and Social Care Partnership have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, creative and inspiring individual to join us to help influence our ambitious plans and future direction. 

We are currently recruiting a Chief Finance Officer to undertake the role of Section 95 Officer to deliver the strategic financial management of the Orkney Health and Social Care Partnership. Working closely with the Orkney Integration Joint Board and Chief Officer, you will be responsible for managing the delivery of economically efficient and effective budgets to ensure public money is used appropriately. Working closely with the Chief Officer, Chief Social Work Officer and the Orkney Islands Council Section 95 Officer, you will be responsible for ensuring of delivery of finance provision for the Orkney Islands Council commissioned services.

You will provide the Orkney Health and Social Care Partnership and the Orkney Islands Council commissioned services with assurance on financial governance arrangements, administration and deployment of financial resources associated with integration. You will have a key role developing joint strategies and frameworks to support the foundations of financial planning and reporting in line with legislation, organisational policies and professional requirements. As part of our Senior Management Team, you will positively contribute to organisational transformation of services and functions and strategic plans.

We are looking for an individual who is an excellent communicator and can demonstrate they have the skills to build and develop successful collaborative working across the Health and Social Care Partnership, and other partners. Previous financial experience working at a senior management level, preferably within Local Authority or NHS, and possession of a degree level qualification are essential.

Applicants must be a member of an appropriate CCAB body (e.g. CIPFA/CA/CIMA/ACCA).

This post is politically restricted in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Accordingly, on accepting this appointment you will be disqualified from becoming or remaining a Member of a Local Authority, the Scottish Parliament or from undertaking certain political activities as defined in the Regulations introduced from time to time by the Secretary of State for Scotland. A copy of the Council’s policy on politically restricted posts will be made available to the post holder.

Recently voted the best place to live in the United Kingdom, Orkney is the second most northerly of the island’s areas, with 17 inhabited islands. Although geographically remote, Orkney is easily accessible by air or boat and has a cosmopolitan community with immense historical and cultural impact. From food to sports, music to technology, Orkney has a reputation for excellence. Scotland’s smallest local authority enjoys unique opportunities for collaboration with partner agencies. The postholder will be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme which is a career average revalued earnings (CARE) defined benefit scheme.

Additional Benefits include:

- Flexible working

- Flexitime

- Generous pension scheme

- Generous annual leave

- Cycle to Work Scheme

- Occupational Health Support

- Staff Development and Training Opportunities

This post is subject to basic Disclosure Scotland clearance.

Prospective applicants are invited to discuss the post by contacting our recruitment partner, Penna:

Andrew Barton, D +44 (0) 7922 386 432 or Andrew.barton@penna.com

Closing Date: Friday 14th June 2024

Interviews: Provisionally scheduled for w/c 1st July 2024