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      Group Financial Accountant

      Magnus Gwatidzo

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      Magnus Gwatidzo

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      West Yorkshire

      Job Status

      Permanent / Full Time

      You have extensive experience of interpreting local government funding and financing regulations.

      What you will be doing….

      You will lead and manage the financial accounting team, ensuring the provision of high quality financial record keeping, controls and procedures.  You will also lead the production of group statutory accounts and returns.  You will be accountable for the controls and full operations of the Finance and Payroll systems.  You will provide expert technical advice to senior stakeholders on a range of finance matters including financial modelling on debt and capital, taxation and audit.
      On the team management part- you will provide clear direction, focussing on developing and motivating your team(s) to ensure targets are achieved.  
      You will also take a proactive approach to management of change and recruitment processes, leading consultation meetings and interviews.
      Technical duties will include leading, managing and providing professional technical support to the financial accounting team, delivering a complex mix of services and projects.  You will lead the production of group consolidated accounts, liaising external auditors to ensure prompt closedown.  You will provide expert VAT advice, treasury management advice on cashflows, capital accounting, borrowing and investment and longer term financial strategy.  In addition you will provide direction on complex payroll and pension matters, ensuring accurate payroll is accurately calculated and deductions properly made.

      What you need to offer…  

      You will hold a degree or have equivalent relevant experience and it needs to be relevant professional accounting qualification, ideally with CIPFA.  
      Practical experience of successfully performing in a similar role. Extensive experience of interpreting local government funding and financing regulations as applied to treasury management and statutory accounting activities, and related reporting standards, CIPFA Code and Prudential Codes, and applying these practically.
      Strong systems knowledge and understanding of effective financial controls and management and significant experience of applying and managing these in a complex financial environment. Strong communication skills with the proven ability to influence, negotiate and challenge.

      What’s in it for you….

      • Flexible working –  we offer a range of flexible working options, dependent on the type of role, and operate a flexitime scheme.
      • Generous Holidays – 28 days holiday entitlement annually plus all Bank Holidays. Holiday entitlement increases to 30 days after 5 years’ service, and to 32 days after 10 years.  You can also purchase additional holidays through our salary sacrifice scheme.
      • Generous Pension –  Local Government Pension Scheme –  employer contributes between 14% and 18%.
      • Free Travel Card – annual, countywide travel via the MCard covering all travel within zones 1-5. This card entitles you to unlimited free travel on buses and trains, achieving significant savings of up to £1700 on your travel costs.
      • Health and wellbeing – affordable healthcare plans with Sovereign and Simply Health and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
      • Ride to Work Scheme
      • Leeds Credit Union – as an employee you can join the Credit Union and start to save directly from your salary.
      • Free eye test and flu vaccination
      • Salary £54,000- £60,000