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Principal Accountant

  • Job reference: RLC336
  • Location: Slough, Berkshire
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Housing Administrator
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Job description: Job title: Principal Accountant
Location: Slough, SL1
Start Date: 25/03/2019
Contract Type: Ongoing temporary
Weekly Hours: 37 hours per week
Rate of Pay: £300 - £400 per day
Work Pattern: Monday - Friday, 09:00am - 05:00pm

Job Purpose

To manage a small financial team to meet with service managers, produce regular budget monitoring reports, produce closedown working papers and information for the 2018/19 financial statements, attend Directorate Senior Management team meetings and provide financial advice and analysis as required using the Agresso Financial system.


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

Candidate Profile

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

If you are interested in this position and meet the above criteria, please send you CV now for consideration.
If you require any additional information regarding the position, please call Ryan at Service Care Solutions on 01772 208 966 or send an E-Mail to