Head of Financial Services

(Deputy s.151 Officer)



Location: Pontypool, Wales

Salary: £76,706 - £81,869

Reference: A000488

Status: Open

You’ll lead the Financial Services Division which provides customer focused, cost-effective accounting and financial services to colleagues across the council, as well as fulfilling our corporate finance responsibilities. We’ve developed a genuine Business Partner culture, and you’ll relish the opportunity to continuously improve our financial management, planning and reporting. But that’s not all: you’ll also act as Deputy Section 151 Officer, ready to support and deputise for the Strategic Director Resources on every aspect of this statutory role. It’s an exceptional opportunity to develop the full leadership portfolio in a high-performing organisation.

Another significant aspect of the role will be budget planning – preparing sophisticated scenarios for revenue and capital programmes, as well as overseeing the Medium-Term Financial Plan. You’ll also carry out annual budget preparation for all service areas, which will require extensive engagement with Strategic Directors and management teams. And (as night follows day), you’ll be responsible for the annual closure of accounts process, statutory accounts and reports of the Council and Joint Committees

The team is strong and expert, and you’ll have everything you need to succeed. The culture is positive, warm and supportive, and we work hard to retain the trust and confidence of both our residents and wider stakeholders. Candidates will have the personal credibility and professional experience to step up to this vital job with confidence. We’re open to a range of backgrounds, but you must demonstrate an understanding of the role of corporate finance within a democratic and accountable context. You will be a qualified accountant and post-qualification professional development are essential, and you will bring substantial experience of effective leadership and management within a complex environment.

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For a confidential discussion about the role please contact:

Sean Anderson
Email:  sanderson@faerfield.co.uk
Tel:  0121 312 3755

Dawn Faulkner
Email: dfaulkner@faerfield.co.uk
Tel:  0121 312 3755

Indicative timetable:

Closing date for applications: Sunday 17 March 2024
Preliminary/Technical Interviews:  week commencing Monday 1 April 2024
Assessment Centre: completed by Monday 15 April 2024
Final interview by Appointments Committee: Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 April 2024

To apply:

To apply for this job please click on the Apply button below and fill out the requested information. When prompted, please submit your CV and a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4 each).

With your CV, please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will only be contacted if you reach the final stages, and we will not contact referees without your permission.

Your supporting statement should express why you are interested in this role and what experience you can bring to the organisation. The statement should tackle the specific requirements of the role; outlining examples and outcomes showing how you meet those requirements.