Strategic Finance Manager (Section 151 Officer)

Colchester, Essex
£54,674 - £67,835
04 Jan 2019
27 Jan 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Closing date       27/01/2019 23:59:00
Reference           3488133
Job Type             Permanent
Job Hours           Full-time
Industry               Accounting
Location              Colchester, Essex
Salary                  £54,674 - £67,835 plus excellent benefits


Job Description

Hays Senior Finance is delighted to be working in partnership with Colchester Borough Council who prides itself on being a forward thinking and dynamic Council. 

Colchester is a busy and vibrant Borough, one of the fastest growing places in the UK with a diverse arts and cultural offer, good schools, affordable housing and with areas of outstanding natural beauty. This is a fantastic place to live and work, and they are very proud of their heritage. They have an exciting and rare opportunity for a Strategic Finance Manager (Section 151 Officer) to lead the finance team and to help deliver their ambitious plans. 

The Role

As the Strategic Finance Manager, you will head up the overall finance function and work alongside the Chief Operating Officer, Senior Management Team and Cabinet to develop and implement the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy. You will ensure business decisions are aligned with the financial strategy and support the ongoing evolution of the financial culture and performance. 

You will lead and deliver outstanding, customer focused accounting services that safeguard the resources, underpin Council decision making and enable the ongoing transformation. You will work closely with the Councils wholly owned commercial companies, ensuring that they are able to deliver on the commercial objectives the Council expects. 

The Strategic Finance Manager will be a qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA, CIPFA, ACCA or equivalent) with a track record of leading and developing large, multi-service finance teams and with a strong understanding of financial accounting. You will be able to evidence a significant role in the preparation of final accounts, the delivery of corporate budget processes and give sound strategic advice to Member/Board level. 

You will be confident in dealing with a range of key stakeholders and political leaders across the Council and be commercially aware. Experience of working within local government is not essential to be successful in this role, however we would expect to see relevant and transferable skills and experience that would be appropriate to working in a complex, political, service environment. 

This is a unique opportunity to join an organisation as a Section 151 Officer, your primary focus will be on leading the finance function, whilst providing financial advice to the Council, Cabinet and Senior Management team. In return Colchester Borough Council are offering a competitive salary including excellent benefits and a wide range of flexible working arrangements. 

For more information about the role and organisation please visit or contact Lucy West Senior Business Director at Hays Senior Finance who is the retained consultant working with Colchester Borough Council. 

Alternatively, please click apply now with your up to date CV. 

Closing date for all applications will be on: Sunday 27th January 2019 

Interviews will take place on the 14th and 15th February 2019 times tbc