Principal Accountant (MOR02358)

The Moray Council

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Job Description

The Principal Accountants are responsible for the Management of a comprehensive Accountancy Service to all Departments of the Council, including significant trading operations and other external bodies connected to the Council.


Management of the Accountancy Service.
Co-ordinating the production of the Annual Report and Abstract of Accounts.
Co-ordinating the Financial Planning Process.
Provide Financial Advice and Support to Department Service Committees.
Co-ordinating the production of Revenue Budget Monitoring Information.
Ensuring completion of Statistical Returns and Grant Claims.
Ensuring that all Accountancy Procedures and related financial systems are appropriately documented.
Supervision and development of staff.
Ad-Hoc Project Work for Departments.

The Individual

Substantial post-qualifying experience in a public sector finance department.
Management/Supervisory experience.
Previous Local Government experience
Fully qualified CCAB or CIMA Accountant.
Ability to manage staff and encourage effective teamwork.
Ability to delegate.
Ability to co-ordinate workloads.
Ability to interpret, apply and explain technical policies, procedures, guidance and legislation.
Experience of implementing and/or developing financial systems.
Strong written and oral communications skills and an ability to deal effectively with queries and provide advice.
Self-confident and self-motivated.
Computer literate with working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.
Strong organisational and time management skills.
Strong customer focus.
You will be expected to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Moray to meet the operational requirements of the service. Due to the rural nature of Moray this is normally undertaken by use of a car/van.
Ability to motivate others.
Experience of high level relationships with senior officers, Members, outside organisations at Meetings and Working Groups.
Confident and assertive.
Committed and able to work under own initiative.
Ability to manage workload, address conflicting priorities, meet deadlines (statutory and internal) working to a high degree of accuracy.
Politically sensitive and astute.
Ability to write clear, concise and easily understandable reports for Senior Officers and Members.
Experience of working under pressure and delivering work to deadlines.
Ability to establish confidence, credibility and trust.
Ability to contribute to the development of financial policies.
A flexible approach to new working practices and technology.
High level diplomatic, interpersonal and negotiating skills with the ability to communicate effectively with Senior Officers, Members and external Audit.
Appreciation, acceptance of and commitment to the importance of confidentiality.
Flexibility to meet the needs and demands of the service
Ability to work in a shared office
Ability to work in different offices depending on the needs of the service

Temporary for 9 months
Closing Date: Friday 21 July 2017
Starting Salary: £47,200
Hours per week: 36.25
£25.04 per hour

Proposed Interview Date: Thursday 10th August 2017

For further information, contact Lorraine Paisey 01343 563213

Applications must be made online at

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