Chief Accountant

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Local Government

Location: Maidenhead*

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 12/08/2021

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: c. £70,000 per annum


The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead provides a unique setting and context to make your mark. We are home to approximately 148,000 residents, including the Queen and the Royal Family, as well as many significant attractions which attract visitors from across the world. We are committed to promoting and preserving the borough’s historic assets, whilst also investing in the future with a £3bn regeneration programme, which will support an enhanced quality of life, economic growth and opportunities for all.

Having made significant improvements during a journey of positive change, the last 18 months have seen RBWM appoint key Senior Finance Leaders within the Council, which has led to substantial advances to both their governance arrangements and financial resilience.

The recent restructure of the Finance Team is the latest stage in their development plan, and will build capacity and further resilience into the team. As part of this we are recruiting 4 roles, including the Chief Accountant. This position reports directly in to the Head of Finance (Deputy S151 Officer) and will be instrumental in developing, implementing and operating financial management policies and high-level processes. Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading, managing and developing the Corporate Finance Team to ensure the provision of high-quality technical support and advice to all of the Council’s services
  • Taking ownership of the Council’s annual accounts closedown process, and capital programme
  • Developing and maintaining the Council’s capital strategy and treasury management strategy
  • Establishing influential working relationships at senior level to provide expert accounting advice and support
  • Deputising for the Head of Finance in the absence of the Deputy Section 151 Officer to ensure that proper and effective financial administration is maintained throughout the Council

To be suitable for the role you need to be fully qualified with strong leadership skills and the ability to develop influential relationships. The successful candidate will have a strong technical skillset and the ability to apply a strategic mindset to continuous improvement.

This position is able to work flexibly between the office and homeworking subject to the needs of the business and preference of the individual. Any journeys to the office would be at the employees own expense.

For more information about RBWM, the interview processes and to see the job description please refer to or contact Matthew Swindell (07921 337 926) or Will Ryan (07789 871 864) at Allen Lane for a confidential conversation.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to by Monday 13th September, 2021. The cover letter should be no more than 2 pages and should include why you are interested in the position and why you believe you are suitable.

The Council is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunity in employment. RBWM believes that valuing equality, diversity and inclusion means recognising the strengths, talents and needs of every individual, nurturing potential and maximising opportunities for all to contribute. The Council has also been awarded gold under the Armed Forces Covenant scheme. Appointments will be made on merit.

*ability to work remotely for the majority of the time, with occasional trips to the office

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