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Senior Finance Adviser - HCC16361

Job Details:

Salary Range: £32,752 - £36,862 per annum 

Work Location: The Castle, Winchester 

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent 

We will review applications as and when they are submitted, so please apply as soon as possible. 

The Role

Are you interested in a career in public sector finance? Or perhaps you want to develop your existing skills and challenge yourself within a successful, ever growing organisation?

As a large organisation with a commitment to developing our staff and plenty of opportunities for progression, we’re looking for a confident and enthusiastic individual with the right skills to join our Operational Finance Team as a Senior Finance Adviser. 

This is an exciting time to join the County Council as we embark on the next phase of our ambitious journey to transform our services and deliver further savings by 2021. We’ve already successfully delivered savings of almost half a billion pounds since 2008, while maintaining strong service performance and positioning ourselves nationally as a major provider of shared public services. 

The Operational Finance Team has a central role to play in the County Council and as part of the team, you will be involved in helping managers to deliver high quality services to residents across Hampshire within the resources available, as well as inputting to the Transformation Programme and providing financial support to our partners. 

Championing Financial Expertise
You’ll be delivering quality financial advice and support to departments, partners (including Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) and other organisations – making sure that senior managers have accurate financial information when they need it and helping them make effective decisions and meet business objectives.

As a key member of a professional team, you will deliver advice and guidance to managers at a strategic level, and supervise a team to support financial management activity, including  budget monitoring, budget setting and final accounts. Working with senior managers to support delivery of our Transformation Programme will involve financial modelling, input into business cases and monitoring the achievement of savings targets across departments throughout the County Council.  

With a flexible attitude and a positive approach, you will work across a wider team, reporting to the team Accountant.  You will manage a small team, planning workloads and developing staff.

Skills and Experience
With a finance background (ideally in local government) you’ll need good accounting knowledge, IT skills, be AAT qualified (or equivalent), have good communication skills, and be highly numerate. We are looking for someone who can balance attention to detail whilst being able to look at the wider picture and who is willing to develop personally and professionally through continuous training and development. 

Initiative, a self-starting approach, and the ability to prioritise a demanding workload in a fast paced and changing environment are vital for this role, to achieve the best outcomes for the organisation and for the residents of Hampshire.

The benefits of working with us
Adopting leading edge digital practice combined with a skilled and competent workforce are key aspects of the Council's strategy to future-proof its services. We are keen to develop our staff, providing all necessary training, and as a large, diverse organisation can offer many opportunities for career progression for the right candidate.  

The salary range for this role is £32,752 - £36,862 per annum, depending on your level of experience and you meeting your performance targets.  You would have the opportunity to join the local government pension scheme, and be entitled to 25 days annual leave per annum plus bank holidays.  In addition, there is a wider benefits package at Hampshire County Council that includes flexible working hours, family friendly policies, interest free travel loans and discounts, and employee support.

Role Responsibilities:


Implement and ensure compliance with financial regulations, procedures and standard processes, and that;

  • Advice is provided at a strategic level on potential problem areas and guidance given to senior managers on the best way of maximising the use of financial resources to meet business needs. 
  • In conjunction with senior managers, ensure financial resources are optimised within the cash limit targets.
  • Senior managers are provided with accurate, timely and relevant monitoring information including analysis of trends and projected expenditure.
  • Preparation of departmental budgets (as appropriate), completion of month-end close, year end final accounts and government returns in order to meet prescribed corporate and statutory accounting standards and timescales. 
  • Interpretation of grant rules, validation and submission of grant bids, collection of relevant data, liaising with the external auditor, in order to ensure grants are claimed correctly and in full. 
  • Ensuring that all requirements of corporate financial regulations and procedures and processes are complied with.
  • Design and implementation of financial business processes.  
  • Evaluation of their effective operation and identification of opportunities for improvement and implementation of agreed changes. 
  • Devise strategies for management of change and business process innovation to ensure benefits of new systems and processes are realised for the customers.
  • Assess appropriateness and priority of requests for information requested by customers (e.g. in order to meet new initiatives / legislation, respond to freedom of information requests etc.), to ensure available resources are used effectively.
  • Develop and maintain the costing and charging mechanisms for customers, e.g. external client work, service level agreements, services to schools and trading accounts.
  • Review effectiveness and implement improvements to financial management information systems. Monitor the accuracy of records. Evaluate their use in order to ensure that appropriate control is maintained.
  • Plan the workload, develop the skills through identification and delivery of training, evaluate and manage the performance of staff (including absence management). Prioritise, allocate and review team members  work and provide guidance, advice, support and training as required in order to ensure that they are performing to a good standard.
  • Identify and contribute toward the production and delivery of financial skills training for customers (e.g. compliance with standard financial processes, use of financial systems and compliance with financial regulations, procedures, contract standing orders and schemes of delegation).
  • Undertake projects in accordance with customer and management requirements in order to help advance departmental and corporate aims and objectives within financial constraints.
  • Maintain an awareness of corporate and departmental equalities and health and safety policies and procedures and apply them in the day to day requirements of the job. Ensure staff supervised are aware of and follow these policies and procedures.
Role Requirements:


•    Qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (or accepted relevant equivalent qualification) with appropriate post qualification experience or a fully qualified accountant.

Experience of/ability to:

•    Leading and delivering the key accounting functions (e.g. budget preparation, budget monitoring and year end accounts, or experience in a specific technical area of accounting).
•    Excellent communication, negotiating and influencing skills.
•    Ability to prioritise a demanding workload, make informed decisions, self motivated and be able to work without close management guidance.
•    Understand the role and responsibilities of a manager.  
•    Ability to analyse information and data quickly and accurately, and present in an understandable format, and to agreed deadlines.
•    Excellent spreadsheet skills, and familiar with word processing software in order to analyse and present information.  
•    Ability to use and interrogate financial systems. 
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, and able to advise and support managers at all levels within the organisation.
•    Clear understanding of customer care and commitment to quality service provision.    
•    An enthusiastic and positive approach.
•    Able to display professional development beyond that acquired during the normal course of a job or formal training and commitment to continuous professional development.
•    Must be prepared to work flexibly to achieve business objectives. 
•    Experience of providing training (either 1:1, or to groups) and coaching staff.


Working Conditions:


  • Office environment.
  • Some travel round the County depending on the area of work being supported.
Contact details for an informal discussion:


Please contact Kate Archer, Accountant on 01962 845185.  


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

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