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        Chief Accountant

        Job number JM-HoFM-LG


        £71,193 - £82,275*


        Local Government





        Job Type


        Thurrock Council has faced significant challenges in recent years, in terms of the council’s financial position as well as the pandemic challenge faced by every local authority.

        This is a very exciting time to join Thurrock as we make changes to improve the way the council is managed, to achieve financial sustainability and make sure that we are a council that is fit for the future.

        Understanding and managing our finances is key to the changes we are making, and the successful candidates will have an important role in helping us as we shape the future of the council. We are committed to bringing transformative change to both the organisation and the wider borough.

        We are ambitious in our aspirations for the future council and our change in operating model sits at the heart of our ability to transform the lives of residents.

        We are driving towards a Council that is focussed on ensuring residents and communities have access to affordable and responsive services.

        As Head of Financial Management, you will be supporting the Chief Financial Officer and Section 151 Officer, and will lead, manage and be accountable for the provision of the strategic finance and planning aspects of the Corporate and Strategic Finance Service.

        We are looking to appoint a Chief Accountant.

        Key responsibilities include:

        • Lead on a wide range of corporate and strategic financial areas including the development and update of the MTFS, the budget, Collection Fund, treasury management, strategic financial planning for wholly owned companies, financial forecasting and proposed changes to funding regimes.
        • To ensure there are appropriate control mechanisms in place to ensure that all income and expenditure accounts are comprehensive, accurate, all balance sheet items are reconciled and all suspense and holding accounts are cleared on a regular and timely basis.
        • Lead on developing complex financial models, commercial agreements on multi-million pound contracts securing funding for the Council, investigate and risk assess innovative financing and funding methodologies and represent the Council on national working groups were required.
        • Ensure achievement of full monthly or quarterly closedowns of relevant areas; ensure production and presentation of financial management information, budget monitoring, trading reports, financial models etc which are accurate and timely, and appropriate to the audience.
        • Foster a high-performance culture including carrying out internal service reviews to improve value for money, efficiency and ensure the service is at the leading edge of service delivery and development and deliver an efficiency savings target for their service to be determined by the Chief Finance Officers’ Management team.
        • To deputise for the CFO / Assistant Director as required.
        • To be suitable for the role you need to be a qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA or equivalent) and have significant proven experience of providing strategic  direction and leadership in a local authority finance role. You will be able to evidence successful resources management in a multi-disciplinary environment, as well as a successful track record in managing large budgets, business planning, quality and performance management including formulating budgets and financial models, resolution of conflicting priorities, applying rigorous planning challenge monitoring.

        For more information about the role please visit our dedicated microsite, Home | Thurrock (, or for a confidential discussion contact Jack Murphy at Allen Lane – or or 07921 335 786.

        To apply, please submit your CV (maximum 4 pages) along with a Supporting Statement (maximum 3 pages) stating why you are interested in applying, what you can bring to this role and highlighting your relevant experience and suitability.

        The closing date is Monday 22nd July 2024 at 11:59 pm.

        If you are interested in other finance roles in Local Government, please view our latest jobs.

        *up to £5,000 market supplement

        Recruiting for this role:

        Jack Murphy

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