Strategic Finance Manager (Commercial) - Surrey
GBP79,389 - GBP90,469 per annum based from County hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT1 2DN. Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave (28 after two years' service or for those with more than two years local government continuous service) and local government salary-related pension offered
Surrey County Council has a high profile as one of the largest local authorities in England, but it currently has some tough challenges and has embarked on a programme of radical change.
The strength of our finances is one area of particular focus. In the wake of CIPFA's critical and unflinching report last year, we have launched a Finance Improvement Programme aiming to address the weaknesses that we and others have identified, but equally importantly to lay the foundations for moving beyond that to deliver a best in class finance function at the heart of a the council.
We are in the enviable position of having a mandate to review all that we do, and to drive organisational wide improvements in financial management. This is not an opportunity that comes round often, and is one we literally cannot afford to miss.
We are looking for a commercially minded senior finance professional to join our team. Surrey County Council has significant commercial property investments totalling over GBP500m across the group, as well as a series of other commercial holdings. We are ambitious to work with our District and Borough partners to make the most of the many assets we hold, and to take an important role in collaborating to shape our places.
As the resident expert on option appraisal and investment analysis, this role will be involved in high profile and high value projects across the County. Supporting our Investment and Shareholder Boards, you will manage important external commercial and partnership relationships, as well as dealing directly with senior Elected Members.
We are looking for impactful finance leaders, those who have ambition and high expectations, who bring strong financial skills but who recognise that their lasting impact will be decided by the extent to which they are able to galvanise others. If this sounds like you, and if you're enthused by the idea of joining us on this journey, then now is the time to climb on board.
For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert the full job profile, our finance team structure, leadership expectations and an introductory message from Leigh Whitehouse (Executive Director Finance). Please use this link for more information on our medium term financial strategy . If you would like an informal chat about this position please feel free to contact Leigh via email. To apply please use the below link to upload your CV and a personal statement outlining your suitability with evidence for the role. We look forward to hearing from you.
Closing date for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 31 st March.
Technical Interviews are provisionally planned for the week of the 8 th and 15 th April.
Final assessment interviews are provisionally planned for the week of the 22 nd and 29 th April.