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Principal Accountant Special Education Needs (PO6)

This vacancy has now closed and is listed for reference only.
Vacancy Summary
London Borough Of Waltham Forest
£44,607- £47,511 per annum
The Magistrates Building, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, E17 4JF
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
25/10/2019 at 23:55 PM
Vacancy Description


An opportunity has arisen in Adults Social Care (ASC) Finance Team for a principal accountant.  This is an exciting role for someone who is looking to gain experience in an education-led service and to develop and broaden their experience in other areas of ASC including specific grant-funded programmes. Special Education Needs is a demand led service, our team provides robust financial advice and reports which enable managers to make decisions and shape the delivery of the service.


As a Principal Accountant in ASC Finance you will report to the Group Accountant and in a strategic financial advisory role, you’ll be responsible to provide vital financial planning and analysis service for the area of your responsibility.

You will:

  • Have strong accounting skills including financial reporting knowledge and significant experience in all aspects of the annual budget cycle including year-end reporting.
  • Provide high quality reporting that can be used for budgeting, forecasting and ad-hoc analysis, having sound experience of budget and variance analysis including data analysis for management dashboards.
  • Part-qualified Accountant (CCAB recognised) or fully qualified AAT.
  • Have demonstratable strong Excel and report writing skills.
  • Be well versed with audit compliance; be able to maintain effective controls and working papers.
  • Provide a high level of technical acumen with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with our internal and external stakeholders.
  • Be able to show that you can provide Finance Management Team with the level of support required from this senior role, including knowledge of the national challenges affecting ASC funding and the strategies being applied to address them.

Experience of the SAP accounting system is desirable.


Interviews: Week commencing 4 November 2019

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 contained within the Waltham Forest Council Equality Plan 2012/2015:

- 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.

How to apply
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