Strategic Finance Manager (Commercial)

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Local Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 20/08/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £79,389 - £90,469 per annum


With a new Community Vision for Surrey and Organisational Strategy, we have made huge strides over the past year, stabilising our finances and developing a transformation programme that will fundamentally change the way we work, for the benefit of Surrey residents. The challenge is huge, the opportunities even greater.

Our ambitious Finance Improvement Programme is redefining the way we work as partners with the wider organisation. You will be at the forefront of excellent financial management, transformation and income generation, part of a team working to deliver great services to the community and to ensure our finances are sustainable. If this excites you, then this opportunity is for you!

A key member of our Finance Senior Leadership Team, you will build and lead a proactive and skilled commercial finance function that provides financial advice and support to the Council’s extensive commercial portfolio and trading companies.

A fully qualified accountant, you will have extensive knowledge and extensive experience in the commercial field. This will include investment appraisals, business case preparation and evaluation, commercial negotiations with JV partners, understanding of tax and legal implications of the proposals on the council. Your sector background is less important to us – what we are looking for is an individual with excellent commercial finance acumen combined with strong communication, relationship-building and influencing skills. You will be able to identify and implement solutions that make good commercial sense and have the presentation skills to enable a range of audiences including councillors and senior managers to grasp the key financial issues.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.

About the organisation

We are looking to relocate back into the county by 2020. Agile and flexible working welcomed and supported, we care about the job you do, not where you do it

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 24 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.

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.

Our Values

Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy. For more information about our values please click HERE.

For more information on the role, Surrey and the finance team please refer to

For an informal discussion or to apply for this role, please contact Will Ryan on by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 27/09/2019

Interviews dates to be confirmed in week commencing 2nd and 9th September.

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33 King Street, St. James’s,
London, SW1Y 6RJ

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