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Head of Finance (Supporting Communities), Corporate Services

The Role

The scale and ambition in Camden is unrivalled.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to head up a finance team in our Supporting Communities directorate - an exciting and dynamic department that delivers a range of universal services such as libraries, waste collection, planning and leisure, as well as a significant GBP1bn capital development programme. We place our residents at the heart of what we do and you'll be passionate about designing financial services centred on the needs of our residents whilst developing a strategic response to the financial challenges we face.

Camden's Community Investment Programme (CIP) is a local authority regeneration programme like no other. Our GBP1bn programme spans over multiple years, making Camden one of the biggest developers of social housing in London. Through CIP, we aim to build over 3,000 new homes, new school buildings, hostels for homeless people and other community facilities. The Head of Finance will be pivotal in balancing programme financing risks against the pace of delivery, alongside other Camden 2025 priorities. You'll also be the lead for the Housing Revenue Account 30 year business plan, successfully prioritising the Council's commitment to resident safety and the delivery of the better homes programme in a challenging and turbulent funding environment.

The Head of Finance plays a critical role in providing strategic financial advice to the Supporting Communities directorate, and lead a team of c13 FTE to implement strategies that will deliver the aspirations in our Camden 2025 Plan.

As a member of the corporate finance management team and the supporting communities directorate management team, you'll provide expertise in specific service areas, driving exceptional performance with innovation, demonstrating high quality leadership and management skills.

About you

Your extensive background in the financial industry, ideally within a local government setting will mean you are able to deliver excellent leadership at both a strategic and operational level, leading high profile, business critical services. You must be a CCAB (or equivalent) qualified accountant to be considered for the role.

You will proactively seek out creative solutions to long-term financial challenges, identifying opportunities for further improvement and collaborating with others to deliver them.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, sound political acumen, as well as excellent influencing and collaboration skills. A proven track record of successfully advising on Regeneration and Development programmes will be highly desirable. At the heart of this role is an ability to provide outstanding leadership, people management, and financial advice and support, evidenced by a track record of successfully delivering significant change programmes and high performance within a setting of conflicting priorities and demands.

Please note a psychometric test will be included at interview stage.

About Camden

Camden's main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King's Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.

Camden is proud to be the country's first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.

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How to apply

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the 'Why you?' section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in the job profile attached at the bottom of this advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions. Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on , at , or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Closing dates for applications: 15 July 2019. 23:59

Interviews to be held: w/c 22 July 2019

Please quote reference: 190000GV

To view the Job Profile please click HERE

Camden welcomes new employees on a monthly basis; next available dates for induction are: 19 August 2019, 16 September 2019, 21 October 2019


Head of Finance (Supporting Communities), Corporate Services

London, UK

Published on 25 Nov 2019