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Finance Assistant
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/819/18987
  • Published: Mon 22/11/2021, 11:11 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 30/11/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £24,780 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Redhill

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Finance Assistant

The starting salary for this role is £24,780 per annum for a 36 hour working week.

The Finance Assistant provides co-ordinated and comprehensive financial support throughout the Directorate in accordance with the County and Directorate Financial Procedures.

The role supports the budget planning and monitoring activities for the Directorate budget. In this role. you will work collaboratively with team members to provide a high quality and efficient finance service to support the Directorates overall aim to improve outcomes for children.

Finance Assistants undertake routine financial functions, use SAP and assist in the accountancy cycle of budget monitoring and closure of accounts. They play a key role in the provision of a high quality and responsive finance service to operational teams and front-line staff. Continuously applying improvements to increase customer satisfaction, they work collaboratively to maintain a consistency of approach across the Directorate.

You will work together with the Finance Team Leader (FTL) & Senior Finance Assistant (SFA) to establish objectives and take responsibility for managing a workload, organising and prioritising work to meet strict financial deadlines. Regularly updating the FTL & SFA on workload status and raising any potential problems in meeting deadlines. You will work as part of a team and build positive relationships with team members and practitioners.

The Children, Schools and Families Directorate provides a range of highly specialist services to children and young people who are vulnerable, and/or have special educational needs including complex disabilities, or additional needs such as English as a second language.

Services are delivered directly to children and their families, to early years settings, to schools and alternative education settings, within extensive statutory frameworks.

To be shortlisted you must clearly evidence:

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or equivalent, or able to evidence ability at an equivalent level
  • Desirable not essential financial qualification to NVQ Level 2/3, or able to evidence knowledge/understanding of relevant discipline
  • Ability to work with others to improve customer service
  • Able to prioritise and plan own workload in the context of conflicting priorities and work on own initiative
  • A methodical approach to information gathering, recording and reporting

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 30/11/2021.

Interview dates to be confirmed.

This is a 4 month secondment / fixed term contract.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Claire De Castro by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application. 


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.