This is a technical management role supporting the finance system in Brighton & Hove City Council
Fixed term for: Until end of February 2022 to cover a secondment
Interview date: to be confirmed
For an informal discussion, please contact Jane Strudwick - Head of Finance & Procurement Operations on 07701396921.
About the role
Brighton & Hove City Council is seeking a full-time technical systems expert to lead our Finance Systems Support team providing daily operational front-line systems support to the council and its customers. You will use your technical and process expertise in accounting to identify finance system issues and provide a route through to a solution. You will lead the finance systems support helpdesk and instigate improvements to applications and systems to reduce support calls and improve team efficiency. You will also lead the system governance process for data, ensuring data is secure and meets the necessary data standards. You will also be the lead for the provision of financial management information across the council.
Our financial systems support team is highly experienced and you will be working alongside the financial systems technical development lead to assist in the development of Finance used applications, both those that are in use and those being developed for implementation.
We are seeking a self-motivated, articulate, and competent individual with extensive knowledge and experience of supporting and developing financial systems, ideally the Civica Financials system.
The successful candidate will be highly organised, have excellent communication skills, with an ability to interact effectively and build relationships at all levels of the business. You will also need to have the ability to operate at an operational management level, and, importantly, the ability to lead and develop a high performing team to provide excellent customer service and have a proven track record of improving services to deliver high-quality, modern, innovative and customer focussed solutions.
The role sits between IT and Finance disciplines so the successful candidate will need to combine technical and process expertise in accounting with systems management / administration, process development and software development skill sets. You will need to hold a Finance degree or AAT qualification and have advanced IT skills, particularly relating to finance systems, reporting tools, and Excel. Previous experience working in public sector finance or similar organisations is desirable.
Working in Finance in Brighton & Hove brings with it a range of benefits that people in our team enjoy, including working within;
- the City of Brighton & Hove which is an attractive, vibrant place to live and work;
- a flexible workplace where we accommodate a wide range of working patterns and are keen to help staff maintain a good work-life balance.
- a friendly service with a wide age range and one where we are aiming of a gender-balanced and diverse service reflecting the city we serve;
- a progressive council with ambitious transformation plans and a unique political balance;
- a service that supports and develops its staff. The council provides a wide range of training and development opportunities for staff at all levels.
The role is traditionally based at Bartholomew’s House offices in Brighton. Please note that Brighton & Hove City Council is currently following the government’s advice on enabling staff to work from home if it is safe and practical to do so. Therefore, this role is highly likely to be required to work remotely to begin with until the council makes any changes to these working arrangements.
We would consider remote working for the length of the fixed term contract; however there may be a requirement to attend the office on adhoc occasions.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.