Assistant Accountant
  • Employer: Sevenoaks District Council
  • Reference: SDC/20/135693
  • Published: Thu 15/10/2020, 14:30 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 06/11/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £28,367 to £31,077
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Council Offices, Argyle Road, Kent

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Assistant Accountant

Sevenoaks District Council

Assistant Accountant

Salary Band D £28,367 – £31,077 per annum

A generous annual leave allowance of 27 days (plus an additional 5 days depending on having Continuous Local Government Service).

About us

Here at Sevenoaks we pride ourselves on treating both our employees and communities we serve with dignity and respect. We are an award winning Council having achieved the Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 for being financially self-sufficient, are one of the few organisations in the country to retain its Platinum Investors in People status. We were voted LGC Council of the Year 2017 and won a Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation award in 2018. The successes of the Finance Team have been recently recognised where the Finance Team has been nominated and is a finalist in the 2020 Public Finance Awards – Finance Team of the Year - Councils.

The Role

A key part of this role is to support the Senior Accountant in the provision of an efficient and effective finance service. The role would suit someone who has gained some experience in finance but is now looking to take on more responsibility. The role itself is very varied and will include budget preparation, financial monitoring, working closely with budget managers and colleagues within finance, financial year closedown and the preparation of financial statements, capital finance, completion & submission of Government returns. The successful applicant will be able to work efficiently and accurately to deadline, working effectively as both part of a team and independently using their own initiative. Full details are contained in the job description.

As you will often be dealing with queries from staff from all levels in the Council including Chief Officers and Members, key to your success in the role is experience of communicating financial issues with non-accounting staff and a high degree of awareness of your customer’s needs.

The Finance team is a central part of many of the Councils activities and is driven by the ambition of excellence in financial management. Customer service is a key part of the culture at Sevenoaks District Council and we strive to support all aspects of the authority.

The Team

The Finance Function is made up of the Accountancy Team and the Finance Systems Team, as shown in the attached structure. Both teams work closely together to deliver Finance support across the authority. As an Assistant Accountant you will be line managed by a Senior Accountant but will benefit from the experience and knowledge of the accountants and finance specialists you work alongside.

The Successful Applicant:

  • Ideally have experience of supporting the preparation of budgets and allocations, as well as financial statements. Knowledge of local government accounting will be particularly beneficial.
  • IT competent particularly in Excel and WORD.
  • Should have experience of using computerised accounting packages (experience of using Agresso will be an advantage but is not essential as full training will be given).
  • A minimum of at least three GCSEs grades A-C, and two A-levels, grades A-C or equivalent; subjects must include Maths and English at either level. This is an essential requirement as the role requires regular communication of financial issues.

Interested in the role and want to know more?

Please contact Jessica Booth, Principal Accountant on 01732 227 436 or Paul McDonald, Senior Accountant 01732 227 238 for an informal discussion about the role.

Need advice on how to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?

Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements as your application will be judged against these criteria.

How to get to us: 

Sevenoaks is only half an hour from central London by train. You will be based at the Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. TN13 1HG, however due to the current pandemic and current Government advice at the time of advert the role will require a combination of both remote and office based working. A free staff car park is available on site.

Closing date: 06/11/2020

Shortlisting date: Week commencing 09/11/2020

Assessment process: Interview and test

Interviews Week commencing 23/11/2020 (likely to take place via Zoom)




How to Apply

Please apply online (see below). If this is not possible, please contact a member of the HR team by either emailing or contacting us on 01732 227383 to discuss how we can assist you in applying.

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