Chief Accountant - Technical

Expiring today

Cirencester / Witney / Coleford (remote working available)
£46,857 - £49,527
01 Apr 2021
14 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full time

Local Government finance has never been this exciting!

Come and join Publica and its partner Councils as we embark on the next stage of delivery of shared financial services. Our partner Councils have set ambitious delivery plans through their reinvigorated Council Plans with a clear desire to recover their communities and economies from the Covid 19 pandemic. Working with our three District Council partners we need someone who can provide excellent technical support to our partner Chief Finance Officers, place based Chief Accountants and the Business Partner Accountants across the partnership. We also need you to help us shape our financial services within the finance leadership team so that we can provide the support which will help transform delivery of services with our Council partners.

Supporting all our distributed teams we need someone who can lead on all technical aspects of finance but with specific responsibilities for:-

  • Treasury Management including cash flow forecasting, Investment, Capital and Debt Strategies
  • VAT and Tax advice
  • Collection Fund Accounting
  • Project Accounting
  • Costing and Charging models

You will also lead on the accounting for Publica and complete the statutory company accounts for the Teckal cost sharing arrangement.

About the role…

You will act as a financial specialist and liaise between clients and colleagues with a view to develop good working relationships. You will support the senior managers and budget holders in all aspects of financial management and offer financial guidance and advice, and promote financial understanding across Publica and our client organisations.  

You will need…

  • Relevant CCAB professional qualification
  • Experience of working in a financial environment (Accountancy/Audit) within a public sector setting
  • Proven experience in budget preparation, budget monitoring and financial reporting
  • Competent in using a range of technology and software packages, including Microsoft and Google
  • Experience of managing and directing staff

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

Special Conditions…

  • Use of a car for work purposes
  • BPSS security clearance

Who are we…

Publica is a unique place to work – we’re a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer focused organisation driven by real user needs.

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If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Frank Wilson, Group Finance Director on 01993 861291 or email

Closing date: Wednesday 14th April 2021 at midnight

Interview date:  W/c Monday 19th April 2021

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page. Alternatively, please email us at or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623079/70

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

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