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Principal Accountant

  • Job reference: PAcSBC
  • Location: Slough, Berkshire
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Unqualified Social Work
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Job description: Principal Accountant needed for Slough Borough Council, £498 ltd a day

Start Date- ASAP
Contract End date- 3 months (chance of extension)
Hours per week - 37 hours
Pay rate - £498 ltd a day

Job Description
*To undertake a range of duties to develop and maintain effective and efficient standards, policies, processes and systems for accountancy services
*To support the Directorate/Service in the preparation of the budget/MTFS in accordance with the corporate timescale
*To control and monitor budgets through quarterly budgetary control reports to identify and resolve (often complex) variances.
*To assist in the development and maintenance of accountancy standards, policies, processes and systems by maximising the use of I.T systems
*To provide financial advice in an understandable and professional manner to Senior Managers
*To support the closure of accounts in accordance with the prescribed standards and systems in line with corporate timetables.
*To complete work on a range of financial systems and processes (e.g. Corporate Financial Registers, Council's Cash Books, Collection Fund Accounts etc.)
*To review and control various government returns and grant claims completed by Accountants/Assistants.
*To keep up to date with and undertake financial research and analysis on legislative changes and on major budget development proposals from departments.
*To provide professional financial management and accountancy services to service departments
*To manage and develop allocated financial support staff
*To promote corporate working, undertake projects and carry out other accountancy duties as required
*To undertake any other tasks which are commensurate to the grade of the post
Experience Required
*Proven experience of working within Local Government Finance
*Proven accounting experience in budget preparation, monitoring, service recharging and closure of accounts
*Experience of working with Senior Managers in relation to budget monitoring, identify and resolves often complex variances
*Experience of managing accountancy projects undertaking complex tasks with the ability to work independently
*Line management/supervisory experience
*Up to date knowledge of CIPFA Local Authority accounting conventions and Codes of Practice
*CCAB Qualified

If you are interested please call Jemma Molloy on 01772 208964 or email me your CV -

If this role isn't right for you, but you know someone who would fit perfectly to our engaged and devoted team and you refer them, you will receive a referral bonus of £250.

The benefits of working with SCS;
* A specialist, dedicated Social Work consultant offering single point of contact
* Exceptional referral bonuses - £250 per referral placed in to work!
* An extensive & exclusive range of Social Work vacancies across the UK
* Nationwide provider Social Work staff to over 200 local authorities.
* Payroll service twice a week.
* Ltd and PAYE payment options available.
* Annual training budget of up to £250 and continued online CPD training.
* Excellent Annual Loyalty schemes / bonuses.
* DBS disclosures provided via fast track online services free of charge.