Director of Financial Insight - Surrey
GBP100,000 - GBP125,000 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.
One of two Deputy CFO roles in our new structure the Director of Financial Insight leads the team responsible for supporting our service Directorates, which have annual budgets of between GBP150m and GBP350m. In addition to Strategic Finance Business Partners for each Directorate, we have introduced a new role leading on excellence in management information, data and reporting.
Our Executive Directors are leading major transformation programmes and managing complex services. The Director of Financial Insight will ensure that they all get the best possible support from a finance team focused on adding value and being a true team player. This role will also lead for Finance on our work on Health and Social Care integration, including our Surrey Heartlands devolution deal.
Jointly leading the Finance Senior Management team, this role will have a key part to play in helping transform our finance function. Responding to the conclusions of last year's CIPFA report into our finances, we want to address the issues identified and then move to build on our potential to be an exemplar finance service within the sector. We are looking for leaders who will embody our competencies and behaviours, role modelling and embedding them in the wider finance function.
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 . 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.