Service Care Solutions Ltd

Services Accountant

Services Accountant
Location: Surrey
Contract: Temporary (6-9 months initial)
Rate: £350-375 per day umbrella
Start Date: ASAP

*Hybrid working - 2 days per week in office


Job Description
Service Care Solutions are currently recruiting on behalf of a Local Authority in Surrey for a Services Accountant to join their Planning & Environmental Services Finance team on a temporary basis.

The postholder will provide financial information and advice to the Head of Finance, Chief Accountant, Team Heads and budget holders in respect of those services within the postholder's responsibilities.

Main Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the budget performance, prepare the final accounts, and advise to Planning, Environmental and Customer Services functions of the Authority.

  • To support the development of the Council's rolling medium term financial strategy as the Council's financial advisor to those services within the postholder's responsibilities.

  • To represent the Strategic Director & Deputy Chief Executive at meetings of Committees and Groups as required.

  • To prepare revenue estimates for those services within the postholder's responsibilities in accordance with approved timescales.

  • To be responsible for the preparation of the Final Accounts for those services within the postholder's responsibilities.

  • To be responsible for the preparation of estimates and final accounts for the Collection Fund in accordance with legislative and regulation achieving a successful external audit with no amendments.

    Prepare any information required to comply with legislative requirements in relation to the accounting requirements of the Collection Fund.

  • To prepare monthly revenue budget monitoring reports for budget managers within the postholder's areas of responsibility in accordance with approved timescales.

  • To prepare monthly and quarterly revenue and capital monitoring reports for inclusion within the Corporate Monitoring arrangements for presentation to the relevant Committee or Group.

  • To prepare government and other statistical returns in relation to the revenue activities and collection fund activities of the Council including the Council's Revenue Returns.

Candidate Criteria

  • CCAB/CIMA Qualified Accountant, preferably CIPFA

  • Experience of working with a Local Authority finance environment is essential

  • Experience of overseeing budget performance along with preparing financial accounts for a service area finance team.

  • Extensive knowledge of Local Authority accounting standards and legislation

  • Great communication skills and ability to work professionally and adapt to any team fit.

If you are interested in the role, or know of anyone who may be, please contact Greg at Service Care Solutions on 01772 208969 or email

Service Care Solutions also offers a £250 referral bonus! So, if you know of anyone who would be perfect for this position and they are placed into work, you will receive £250 for the referral once their probationary period has been completed.

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