Strategic Finance Manager (Data and Reporting) - Surrey
GBP69,855 - GBP79,006 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.
Responding to criticisms of the Council's Finance function by CIPFA last year, we have created a new role to focus on raising standards of management information, activity data and reporting to managers. This is a key part of our new business partnering function, making sure our business partners have the right information at their fingertips and that it is accurate and robust.
The post is the lead for ensuring the high quality and integrity of finance data and its effective use across the organisation, enabling a strong culture of financial management and effective decision-making, and working collaboratively with senior managers and elected members to report financial performance and achieve financial insight.
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.