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Senior Accountant

Salary from £35,865 to £46,701 pa – depending on skills and experience

Closing date: 24.11.2021

This is a great career opportunity to establish a high profile and a strong reputation working for an authority that genuinely values the importance of making sure the council is economically sound and can create a vibrant place for its residents, businesses and visitors.

We currently have a strong financial position and as a result we are able to build a future of economic prosperity and growth for our residents and businesses. We are actively investing in key infrastructure, housing and commercial opportunities and we are seeking an experienced finance professional to provide expertise and innovative commercial thinking to help us continue our journey.

Although this is a career-graded post we are looking to appoint at Senior Accountant level and therefore a CCAB or CIMA qualification is essential.  The post will be the finance lead for several service where you will be expected to support the service in all financial matters, this includes the new Ashford Port Health Service where it is required to operate on a cost recovery basis.   This post will also lead on monitoring the Council’s collection fund and be heavily involved in the three key work themes of the department, budget setting, budget monitoring and Closing of accounts. To enable you to do this some experience in Collection Fund or Tax Accounting, if not from a Local Authority background, could be an advantage.

You will also be responsible for leading on the closure of Accounts in conjunction with the Accountancy Manager and well as producing and presenting reports to management and members on a regular basis.

In order to excel in this role you will need to have a sound financial background with experience of working within an Accountancy department or practice background with experience of tax accounting or other complex accounts.

For an informal discussion please contact Lee Foreman, Accountancy Manager on 01233 330509 or Maria Stevens, Head of Finance and IT on 01233 330547

Ashford is just 38 minutes from London by train; set in great countryside and close to the channel coast; with excellent schools and house prices that are lower than in much of the south east. The quality of life is excellent.

We offer an excellent benefits package, including salary-linked pension scheme, agile working, and generous holiday entitlement.

View the job description and to apply please send in your CV and covering letter to maria.stevens@ashford.gov.uk

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Ashford Borough Council has pledged to work with the Armed Forces to help and support regular and reservist servicemen and women, veterans and service families. Our Armed Forces Covenant exists to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community in Ashford and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community.

Key Principles of the Covenant

No member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage compared to other citizens when accessing local services.

Special consideration is appropriate in some cases for those who have given the most, such as the injured and bereaved.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces Community.