Systems Accountant

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Local Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 02/01/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £54,597 - £56,754 per annum


We’re proud to be the UK’s first Borough of Sanctuary, which recognises our values of inclusion and equality, and we are also excited to be the London Borough of Culture next year so we can celebrate our diversity. But we recognise there is much more to do. Despite the financial strains we, alongside all Councils, are facing we have ambitious plans. We cannot just recover to a pre-pandemic state, we want to challenge how we deliver our services and ensure the focus is on supporting our residents around our priority issues including; tackling inequalities, building more Council homes, supporting local business, prioritising front line services and ensuring that our most vulnerable residents receive the care and support they need.

To support this ambition and to ensure Finance continues to be one of the key enablers of how we deliver our Corporate Plan and the Future Lewisham programme, we are recruiting a number of roles to increase strategic capacity and technical expertise. Finance will play a pivotal role in what we do and how we do it; working in collaboration with colleagues to create efficient and sustainable change that ultimately improves outcomes for our residents.

The Systems Accountant is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the corporate financial systems. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Acting as a gatekeeper to any system purchases/changes that have an impact on finance systems and all related processes to drive continuous improvement.
  • Taking a lead on specifying the systems required to ensure accurate and reliable information.
  • Ensuring that relevant people in the organisation are aware of their responsibilities in relation to the accuracy of the data they submit.
  • Acting to ensure system availability and functionality across the Council to support the recording and production of financial management information.
  • Leading on the development and delivery of training in the use of the Council’s financial systems to ensure that they are used optimally.

To be suitable for this role you need to be an adaptable qualified accountant (Or willing to achieve qualification within a reasonable timeframe) with Knowledge of Local Government Accounting regulations and codes of practice. An understanding of implementing and operating electronic accounting systems and chart of accounts is essential, as is a commitment to Equality of Access and Opportunity in a diverse community.

Lewisham operates a flexible working policy –we’re focused on delivery and outcomes. We operate a hybrid approach that enables people to work successfully from home whilst offering the opportunity for “in-person” meetings to collaborate and network with colleagues.

For more information on Lewisham, the recruitment processes and to see the job description please, refer to or contact Will Ryan at Allen Lane on 07789871864 for a confidential conversation.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to by Sunday 5th September. The covering letter should be no more than 2 pages and should include why you are interested in the position and specific examples of how you meet the key criteria.

If you share our values and believe you have what we’re looking for, we look forward to hearing from you.

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