Finance Officer

Job Description

At West Sussex County Council, we put our customers at the heart of all our services. The Finance Directorate plays a leading role in this, in enabling finances to crucially support the delivery of front-line services. As a result, we are responsive to customer and stakeholder needs through a dynamic, empowered and flexible team. By aligning resources, this allows us to provide a professional service appropriate to future organisational needs. This is in addition to keeping WSCC safe and secure through appropriate financial control.

The Directorate's priorities are to ensure that the basics are done well whilst challenging the County Council to spend its money better, especially in the context of becoming more strategic and forward looking.

The Directorate recognises to achieve our priorities, the biggest asset is our staff. We are keen to nurture talent and provide ongoing development and training across all our teams and grades. We know that if our staff reach their full potential then our service and the County Council will thrive, ultimately ensuring that our customers have the best possible service.

To find out more about our services and what we do please visit our WSCC website.

Salary: £25,992 - £28,672 per annum

Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)

Location: County Hall, Chichester

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Finance directorate as a Finance Officer within our team. We are offering four roles at this level. These are being offered on a generic basis, which in time means that the successful candidates could be assigned to support any part of the County Council. Initially they will involve working within our Strategic Finance (management accounts) and Corporate Finance teams.

These roles will have a variety of responsibilities to ensure the Council is safeguarding public money. Within the Corporate Finance Team these include the completion of statistical returns, account reconciliation work, various aspects of financial capital accounting, the maintenance of the council's grants register and monitoring financial compliance, all to ensure the maintenance of essential financial controls. Within the Strategic Finance Team it will involve assisting with the management of budgets, including setting budgets, monitoring progress throughout the financial year and closing the accounts for relevant County Council services. We are seeking enthusiastic candidates who have some experience of working in a finance environment, through already delivering a management or financial accounting type role. We are also keen to hear from you if you are a graduate in the relevant disciplines or are actively studying towards a relevant accounting qualification and are keen to pursue a career in public sector finance.

We are keen to support the development and training of our staff and are willing to offer generous training packages to gain accreditation for Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA).

If you are looking for a diverse and exciting role which offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic and supportive team, build collaborative relationships with the service, develop your talent through ongoing training and development, then we would like to hear from you.

Experience and Skills

You will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience.

Key Skills:

  1. Clear and effective written skills to present complex financial information for managers and contribute to budgetary and other management reports appropriately.
  2. Excellent technical, analytical and numeracy skills in order to monitor and work with large or complex data sets or budgets.
  3. Developed communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a range of clients and create and maintain effective working relationships. Including the ability to advise and guide clients to understand complicated technical information and budgets.
  4. Ability to embrace change and adapt to changing situations and new ways of working positively and effectively. Including the ability to learn new systems and processes, and contribute towards improving working
  5. Ability to work independently to plan and prioritise work over the medium term, setting timescales and organising activities in co-ordination with others to deliver objectives to deadlines, whilst still delivering to a high standard of quality.

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • Relevant experience working in an accounting environment (preferably working with large or complex budgets) demonstrating a good understanding and working knowledge of systems and practices relating to finance and
  • Good working knowledge in the use of MS Excel and good specialist use of SAP finance, or similar large IT system used for accountancy. Including the ability to perform accurate complex financial calculations and manipulate statistics and budgets.
  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualified or equivalent qualification or experience which demonstrates that level of applied and theoretical knowledge in accounting plus knowledge of the related systems, procedures and

Rewards and Benefits

In addition to 26 days annual leave and a generous pension scheme as an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do. During Covid-19 restrictions, our teams have all been working from home. Whilst a return to the office is imminent, this is unlikely to be on a full-time basis, therefore providing an opportunity of flexibility to our staff.

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

The reference number for this role is CRS00463