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Principal Accountant - Corporate Parenting - PO6

This vacancy has now closed and is listed for reference only.
Vacancy Summary
London Borough Of Waltham Forest
£44,607 - £47,511
Waltham Forest
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
31/10/2019 at 23:55 PM
Vacancy Description


An opportunity has arisen in Children’s Social Care (CSC) Finance Team for a Principal Accountant.  This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to work in a dynamic Finance team which provides an important service to our children and young people. Children’s Social Care is a demand led service, our team provides robust financial guidance, analysis and advice which enables managers to make informed decisions and shape the delivery of the service.


As a Principal Accountant in CSC Finance you will report to the Group Accountant and in a strategic financial advisory role you’ll be responsible for providing a vital financial planning and analysis service for the Corporate Parenting Service.

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.
  • Have excellent Inter-Personal skills as this role involves working closely with the service at all levels of seniority daily.
  • 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 or have significant experience of working in a Public Sector finance environment.
  • 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 both the Finance Management Team and the Children’s Social Care Teams with the level of support required from this senior role, including knowledge of the national challenges affecting Children’s Social Care funding and the strategies being applied to address them.

Experience of the SAP accounting system is desirable.

Interviews: 18 November 2019 to 20 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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