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Principal Accountant (Special Projects)
  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC381LS
  • Published: Mon 21/12/2020, 10:40 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 22/01/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £47,291 - £50,192
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, Kent

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Principal Accountant (Special Projects)

 Our Organisation:

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.

The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.

Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.

The role:

The council has launched an ambitious and bold Corporate Plan intended to better the lives of local residents and deliver a Gravesham to be proud of. The Principal Accountant (Special Projects will play an integral part in the delivery of the plan by supporting the council in its ambitions to become more entrepreneurial in its activity and drive economic regeneration in the local area, whilst maintaining the strong financial governance arrangements of the council, and ensuring continuous improvement in the delivery of services.

Main responsibilities of the position include:

  • To work with the Director (Corporate Services) and Assistant Director Corporate Services to deliver key strategic projects as part of the Council’s activity to drive financial innovation and commercial activity as a means of generating income and making a social impact.
  • To play a key role in supporting the council’s trading company activity.
  • To advise the Council in progressing its Regeneration and Asset Management ambitions, including the Property Acquisition and Building Programme. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to fulfil this role with experience of managing change at a strategic level in a large, multi-functional organisation.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and organisation skills and be able to demonstrate strong highly-developed advocacy, influencing and negotiating skills.

Applicants must possess a professional accountancy qualification from a Chartered Accountancy Institute. 

In return, we offer:  

Childcare vouchers and discounts

Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. You can use vouchers to pay for a wide variety of childcare for children up to the age of 16. Discounts at selected retailers in the town centre and reduced membership at local Leisure Centres. 

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays. 


In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training. 

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,

whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face. 

Cycle to work

By working with us you'll typically save between 31% and 48% of the retail cost of bikes and accessories. You can find out more on the Cycle Solutions website. 


A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website. 

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, call Lisa Nyon, Assistant Director (Corporate Services) on 01474 33 73 64

Important Information:

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough Council is working towards equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.