Chief Accountant

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: £68,568 - £74,433
Location: Waltham Forest
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 29/11/2021 at 23:59
Reference: F&G/21/171851

As the Chief Accountant, you will be leading an innovative and professional team of accountants, focussed on delivering quality professional services of fundamental strategic importance to the Council.

Reporting to the Strategic Finance Advisor Corporate, you will be responsible for the operational management and delivery of all Financial Reporting requirements, overseeing the production of annual Statements of Accounts and all other Government returns, acting as the Council’s chief contact with External Audit and ensuring full integrity of the financial systems (SAP). In addition the role will have responsibility for strategic budget setting and financing of the Council’s substantial Capital Programme.


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.

Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

How to apply

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.