About this job
We are seeking to recruit an Accountant to a new position within the Service Finance Team. You will report to the Finance Business Partner for My Place and Housing Revenue Account (HRA).
The My Place directorate is responsible for the management of the Council's property, assets and infrastructure, including its housing stock, highways, commercial properties and public realm services. The HRA is a ring-fenced account which records expenditure and income relating to approximately 17,000 council houses and the provision of services to tenants.
Responsibilities will include:
Providing timely and accurate financial information and advice to Budget Managers, Heads of Service and Directors;
Supporting efficient and effective budgeting, monitoring and closure of accounts throughout the financial cycle.
Undertaking regular financial system reconciliations.
Specific HRA duties such as reviewing service charges, working on the 30 year business plan, rent reconciliations and improving the processes between the financial system and the housing sub system (Capita Open Housing) in conjunction with the Finance Business Partner.
We are moving to a dispersed working model from June which will mean that the expectation is to work from home, with a requirement to come in as and when required. Therefore, the primary work setting will be remote working. Interviews will be held virtually for the successfully shortlisted candidates.
Please see attached job description for more details. To discuss this role, please contact: Joel Gandy (Finance Business Partner) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Our ideal candidate will have proven experience of providing financial support in large complex organisations and be a Qualified Accounting Technician (AAT) or Part Qualified CCAB (or equivalent e.g. CGMA/CIMA) or have substantial accounting experience.
In addition to this, the successful candidate will need to be proficient in MS Excel, and have the ability to build strong relationships across the organisation and with external partners. Good communication and organisational skills are essential.
We are looking for candidates that share our DRIVE values at Barking and Dagenham Council. Our DRIVE values are:
Deliver: the best outcomes for residents whenever we can.
Respond: to residents’ needs in a helpful and friendly way.
Inspire: others and ourselves to achieve their best.
Value: residents when making decisions.
Engage: with residents and colleagues in the best way we can.
We want people that embody our organisational values and care about our communities and borough. If you have the knowledge, skills and experience required for this role and share our values, we would like to hear from you.
For more information, please see the Job Description Person Specification (JDPS), which can be found on the Council website using the apply online.
We have been on a journey over the last few years, one that has seen us transform the council and the way we deliver our services. Those improvements to our offer have been recognised with us winning the LGC Awards 2018’s Council of the Year and LGC Entrepreneurial Council of the Year 2019. And with Gold Investors in People status, showing our commitment to our staff, there’s never been a more exciting time to work for Barking and Dagenham Council.
Our borough is vibrant and diverse, and this is something we are proud of. We value the diversity of people who live, work and visit Barking and Dagenham and it is our vision is to create a place where people understand, respect and celebrate each other’s differences. Our goal is to harness the borough’s potential as London’s growth opportunity and to deliver growth that is inclusive and benefits all our residents. As a council, we are agile, responsive and data-led, with the needs of our residents at the forefront of what we do.
We offer a competitive pay package, a positive approach to flexible working, investment in your learning and development as well as a commitment to your wellbeing. Barking and Dagenham is changing, will you be a part of the change?