- Milton Keynes Council
- Milton Keynes
- Full time
- £40,876 - £44,863
- Job description
Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you’re looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council. With modern working practices where flexibility is commonplace and performance is measured on outcomes and results, alongside a generous holiday entitlement, you can experience a fulfilling job and great work-life balance.
Please note that this role is only open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK
Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you’re looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council. With modern working practices where flexibility is commonplace and performance is measured on outcomes and results, alongside a generous holiday entitlement, you can experience a fulfilling job and great work-life balance. Please note that this role is only open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK. The Professional finance team has recently undertaken a restructure to reflect the changing needs of the service. Having concluded our internal restructuring, we are now excited to launch recruitment for a number of key vacancies within the team. This is a fast-paced area and no day will be the same! We are looking for enthusiastic, inquisitive, and passionate people who will challenge services and processes to ensure good governance and value for money and you will be part of a dynamic, energised finance team who are integral to the wider council services. The finance team work in close collaboration with all services which allows us to get involved with lots of different projects. Every day is different and provides lots of opportunities to work with the services to deliver value for money and improve services to the residents of MK. We play a key role in supporting significant procurements, monitoring of large contracts, developing future budgets based on demand analysis and presenting robust business cases for change. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with colleagues across MKC as well as external colleagues from other local authorities, government departments and other external partners. We are now looking for two Management Accountants to join the Adult Social Care and Children’s Services finance teams. This will be a mainly home-based role, with attendance at the office when required. Applications will be reviewed once received.
- Responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the forecast outturn by challenging managers of complex or volatile budgets to ensure forecasts are robust, the link to the MTFP is understood and support managers to develop mitigating actions to manage any overspends. Develop models to assist with forecast challenge such as social care placement tracking and projections. Prepare service and board reports (or presentations / dashboards where appropriate).
- Provide advice and challenge to service managers and heads of service during the MTFP process, supporting with business cases for pressures and savings proposals and undertaking financial modelling of demand budgets and for contractual inflation. Identify areas for possible savings.
- Ensure compliance of services with Financial Regulations (scheme of delegation, procurement thresholds etc.) and look to improve how we share information with and train service managers on good financial management (such as the content and accessibility of the finance intranet site). Provide positive assurance looking to promptly evidence or escalate issues.
- Provide advice and challenge to project boards, on financial and project governance matters including financial modelling, undertake company financial evaluations ahead of contract award and preparation of all reports and dashboards.
- Ensure accurate submission of grant returns and claims prepared by the team, ensuring evidence and working papers are accurate and clear. Completion of complex service returns such as the RO, S251 and ASC FR and review of benchmarking outputs to investigate where we are an outlier and identify areas of improvement.
Experience, Qualifications and any Mandatory Requirements
- Qualified accountant (CCAB) or in final year (with a commitment to finish) and evidence of appropriate CPD.
- Excellent spreadsheet skills and ability to undertake complex financial modelling using a different data sets and systems (financial, case management etc.).
- Experience of a budget planning cycle, ensuring compliance with governance processes and analysing and reporting on financial issues.
- Be able to explain complicated and technical information in a manner that can be understood by others with different levels of knowledge on the subject using multiple tools; written (preparation of presentations and report writing including cabinet papers), spreadsheets (financial modelling) and deliver presentations and training.
- Inquisitive and challenging with the ability to apply innovative and creative thinking to service challenges within a fast-paced environment.
Departmental Benefits of this role
- Working as part of the wider finance team, this role is suitable to be considered for home working, with appropriate ICT equipment provided for the role.
- We have an extensive in-house training programme, both Council wide but also specifically within the finance team
Closing date: 30/09/2021
- How to apply