Head of Finance

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Local Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 25/10/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £75,949 - £85,313 per annum


Help shape the future of finance at Barnet.

Barnets finance team are well on their way with a transformation journey, after insourcing the finance service, earlier in the year, they are now shaping the team and their service offering to best meet the Council’s aspirations. They have developed a new vision “To drive impact and create a better Barnet through innovative financial leadership”, and have since developed a fit-for-purpose structure and business plan to guide them along their journey.

They know to achieve their goals they need the support of their people and are therefore committed to investing in, developing and empowering the finance team. They want to develop a team that strives for excellence looking at continuous improvements and innovation. To do this they need a team that believes in collaboration, sharing knowledge, skills and experience across the team to achieve their goals.

To support this they are recruiting a number of roles across the finance service. They are looking for innovative individuals passionate about moving away from traditional accounting and focusing instead on adding value, looking at continuous improvement and accelerating pace. It is certainly a time of great opportunity and the roles promise a brand new challenge with many rewards.  Included in the roles to be recruited are 3 Heads of Finance supporting Adult Social Care & Public Health, Growth, Housing & Corporate Services and Children’s Social Care & Education.

As well as leading on the transformation of their departments, the Heads of Finance will be the key contacts for senior stakeholders including Cabinet Members and Directors for all strategic finance and business partnering matters. This will cover aspects including:

  • Implementing and embedding a business partnering model, ensuring the ethos of business partnering is adopted within the finance team and services.
  • Promoting and developing a culture of adding value and continuous improvement.
  • Financially supporting the delivery of complex strategic initiatives and transformation.
  • Driving the delivery of productivity and efficiency improvement and cost reduction plans across the Council.
  • Undertaking longer term financial modelling and planning.

To be suitable for these roles you need to be a highly motivated, customer focused qualified accountant with a proven track record of driving through change and influencing and negotiating with senior stakeholders. Previous experience of embedding a business partnering approach within a large and complex organisation is also essential.

For more information on the role and Barnet Council please refer to https://allenlanerecruitment.wixsite.com/barnet. For an informal discussion regarding the position please contact Will Ryan at Allen Lane on 020 3031 9635.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to barnet@allenlane.co.uk by Monday 18th November. The cover letter should be no more then 2 pages and should include why you are interested in the position and why you believe you are suitable.

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