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Senior Accountant

Job Information

The Council

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working


The Service

Corporate Finance provides a range of effective, efficient and high quality professional services with support to Members, managers, staff, services, schools and a range of external partners in the delivery of the Councils objectives.

The Corporate Finance Team is made up of 36 full time equivalent posts and provides all the Accountancy functions of the Council.


The Role

There are two positions available. The posts will work as part of a team of staff to ensure an efficient and effective standard of service is provided to the required standard.

Key functions of the service are to prepare the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan, report progress during the year on delivering the agreed budget, closing the accounts and producing the annual Statement of Accounts.

The appointed person will be the key contact point for Services budget managers’ queries and problems, providing financial advice and support. The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Senior Accountant – Corporate Services-

This role will support the Digital and IT service and Public Health service. This will include the effective management of both the revenue and capital budget process, including dealing and assisting with grant funded budgets. The role will also include assistance on the preparation of statutory grant claims and returns in accordance with relevant schedules.

Senior Accountant – Children, Young People & Education-

This role will support a diverse service which is experiencing significant pressure and growth. This will include the effective management of both the revenue and capital budget process, including over 100 maintained schools. The role will also include assistance on the preparation of statutory grant claims and returns in accordance with relevant schedules.


We are offering:

  • A starting salary of £42,403 (salary range £42,403 to £46,464)

  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme

  • A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision

  • A hybrid working solution (Office / Home working), in line with the Council’s worksmart project.

  • Flexi scheme – up to 2 days flexible leave available per month (pro rata for part-time employees).


Essential requirements:

  • Applications are sought from qualified CCAB accountants.

  • Experience of financial and performance management within a comparable organisation.

  • A successful track record of engaging effectively with others at a senior level and building productive partnerships with key stakeholders.

  • Highly developed knowledge and experience of IT systems.

  • Ability to work as part of a team and foster a positive organisational culture.


For further information about these vacancies, please contact -

Corporate Services role - Kate Johnstone (01670 622171/ Kate.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk)

Children's, Young People & Education role - Abby Russell (01670 625502/ abigail.russell@northumberland.gov.uk)


Closing date- 18th June 2024.

To view a copy of the Job Description and Personal Specification please see the documents attached.


Please note that this is a full time position but applications on a secondment or part time basis would be considered for the right applicant. For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please check the Northumberland Council Website.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know. This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post. 

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications.

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