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Chief Accountant

Chief Accountant

Shaping Reading’s financial future

Reading is a great place to live and work. One of the UK’s best-connected locations, benefiting from already exceptional transport links which will only be enhanced when Crossrail arrives. Reading has a thriving economy and a low unemployment rate; the borough offers a vibrant and thriving space for its residents, workers and visitors.

We’ve made the most of this by embracing modern, flexible working styles. We empower our employees to deliver their best, in a way that suits their lifestyle. As such we benefit from a diverse team, many live locally but many are based much further away. We’re happy to consider flexible working patterns for this post and would be comfortable with the role being delivered up to three days a week from home.

The Council wants to be the best it can be both in terms of delivering for its community but also in terms of how it organises itself. We are seeking an excellent Chief Accountant to help drive and implement the service’s own transformation programme, as well as support the Council’s wider priorities. You will play a key role in delivering effective financial information to key stakeholders throughout the council, and therefore be instrumental in helping to achieve these aims.

As an experienced accountant you will bring a wealth of technical expertise to strengthen the Council’s overall financial control framework. You will have significant experience of local government finance and have a solid track record of implementing effective internal control arrangements, driving financial systems reviews and facilitating change in line with best practice.

As a skilled and effective people manager, you will motivate, inspire and coach your teams across the technical, financial systems and exchequer areas, generating a strong consensus and building clear pathways for progression. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Finance, you will support our strategic aims to ensure the Council is ‘fit for the future’.

For further information and a confidential discussion about this post, please email

Closing date: Monday 17 August 2020.

Interviews: w/c 24th August 2020

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

Chief Accountant

Reading Borough Council
£70,850 - £83,013 per annum

Published on 3 Aug 2020