Chief Accountant

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Local Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 04/11/2021

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £68,568 - £74,433 per annum


Waltham Forest is a London borough with strong economic growth, vibrant multi-cultural communities and a thriving cultural and creative sector. Redevelopment and regeneration over the last decade has brought significant new housing and employment opportunities as well as helping build a thriving small business economy.

Public service has been at the heart of Waltham Forest’s response to the pandemic, both in how residents helped each other and how the council has faced the challenges. This understanding of public service requires more leadership and responsibility from the Council, not less. The Council is focused on listening more and finding new ways to work alongside residents, partners and businesses. That is why we developed our new Public Service Strategy to set out how we plan to take on the immediate challenges faced by residents, communities and businesses throughout and post the Covid-19 pandemic. Finance will need to play a key role in the delivery of this, which is why we are looking to strengthen our finance team with a number of key appointments.

The Chief Accountant will lead the team ensuring that the proper financial accountability of the Council is reported and that published financial statements meet statutory requirements and to oversee and manage the audit process to satisfactory conclusion.  They will support the corporate decision-making activities undertaken by Senior Managers and Members. Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading on the annual co-ordinating and closure of the Council’s and Pension Fund’s Accounts
  • Co-ordinating and publishing a closing timetable promoting earlier close in line with proposed Government legislative timetable
  • Providing technical expertise and advice to Senior Officers and Members when required
  • Supporting and advising on MTFS and the preparation of Revenue and Capital Budgets
  • Continuously reviewing the quality of service deliver and promoting good accounting practice across the Council

To be suitable for the role you need to be a qualified accountant with very strong technical skills and proven experience of playing a leading role in the closedown within a Local Government setting. The ability to interpret complex technical information is also essential.

Going forward Waltham Forest will be operating a hybrid working model, with a greater balance between home based and office working, subject to role requirements.

For more information on Waltham Forest, 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 Monday 29th November. 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.

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