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        Head of Strategic Finance

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        £71,193 - £77,770 per annum*


        Local government




        Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon

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        Croydon has faced significant challenges in recent years, in terms of the council’s financial position of course the pandemic challenge faced by every local authority.

        Croydon Council is recruiting 4 x Head of Strategic Finance.

        This is a very exciting time to join Croydon as we move from the recovery and improvement phases to the transformational phase of our journey to bring the Council back to financial sustainability.

        As Head of Strategic Finance, you will be helping to rebuild the council, its finances, its governance, its culture and its services. The financial challenge is steep, but the government has noted our  strong  progress, with a new Executive Mayor and Cabinet, a recently appointed Chief Executive and a new Corporate Management Team, who all share a commitment to the task ahead and putting Croydon’s people first.

        Croydon is a fantastic place; a vital part of London’s growth story with a strong identity in its own right and this is a rare chance to make genuine change in a place of great opportunity. What we do together over the next three years will help shape the future of one of London’s most diverse and exciting boroughs.

        As Head of Strategic Finance, you will be supporting the Director of Finance to provide budget management, planning and reporting support to directorates, meet statutory and best practice financial requirements, and promote the Council’s corporate competencies and values.

        Following the recent restructure of the finance function, we are looking to appoint four Strategic Heads of Finance across the following services:

        • Adult Social Care & Health
        • Children, Young People & Education
        • Housing; and Sustainable Communities
        • Regeneration & Economic Recovery

        Key responsibilities include

        • Provide high quality professional advice to the Director of Finance (Deputy S151), Corporate Directors (including the S151 Officer), Chief Executive, Members, Committees and external bodies on all finance matters related to the functions of the Council.
        • Ensure that CMT and the budget managers in the directorate have access to sound and timely financial advice on policy and strategic issues and be responsible for developing and enhancing the financial management competencies of budget managers.
        • Provide the financial lead on revenue and capital budget proposals and ensure that there is compliance with the Council’s constitution and financial framework.
        • Lead, manage and develop the strategic finance team to ensure robust support for the organisation, drive forward transformation and improvements, and to ensure an ability to be flexible with changing demands.

        To be suitable for the role you need to be a qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA or equivalent) or have significant proven experience of providing strategic direction and leadership in a local authority finance role. You will have substantial experience of successful strategic financial management, financial planning, and budget preparation as well as delivering finance service improvements and supporting the delivery of strategic projects and initiatives.

        For more information about the role please refer to our dedicated recruitment site Home | Croydon Council  or for a confidential discussion contact Jack Murphy at Allen Lane – or 07921 335 786.

        To apply, please submit your CV to alongside a supporting statement (no more than 2 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 Tuesday 2nd January 2024 at 23:59pm.

        Equal opportunities 

        Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Subject to business needs, we will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements and support hybrid working, whereby staff attend the workplace for part of their working week and work from home, or elsewhere, remotely for the rest of the time.

        As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.

        Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

        * Up to £15,000 market supplement for an exceptional candidate

        If you are interested in more finance jobs within local government, view our latest jobs.

        Recruiting for this role:

        Jack Murphy

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