Bristol City Council - Principal Accountant

£38,813 - £41,675
12 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
Qualification Level
Fully qualified
Contract Type
Full time, Permanent

Job Summary

A fantastic opportunity has risen for a motivated Principal Accountant to join Bristol City Council, a diverse and ambitious organisation with a £1bn+ p.a. revenue budget and £1bn capital programme.

My day-to-day

In this role you will take a lead a specific service area in the Council and take a proactive approach in managing and delivering timely financial and management accounting services; including budgeting, medium and long term financial planning, project support, forecasting, financial reporting and control.

You will also participate in improvement projects and provide financial information, advice and guidance to stakeholders across the Council, supporting financial controls and procedures key to supporting financial management of the Council.

What do I need to apply?

You will hold a CCAB (or equivalent) qualification, an innovative problem solver with experience of resolving technical accountancy issues within a large organisation and managing a full financial cycle. You will possess strong communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to work autonomously, resourcefulness and see the wider implications. A clear understanding of the operational context within which local government would also be important

We need someone who has experience of working in complex and diverse organisations and have demonstrable abilities to plan, motivate and direct the work of a diverse team of Finance staff dealing with complex accounting issues. You will need to develop, support and lead the relevant finance team and ensure they are continuously developed.

Why Bristol City Council?

We provide hundreds of day-to-day services, from being a landlord, providing social care to running our museums and parks. We deliver a diverse range of services and have ambitus capital and investment programmes for the city and to support people who live, work and visit in Bristol.

Bristol is a successful and ambitious city with much to be proud of but, like all cities, we have our challenges too. The city’s success does not reach everyone living here and this brings some difficult issues, so our vision is to build a better Bristol that includes everyone in the city’s success.

We also have generous rewards package including flexible working arrangements, membership of the Local Government Pension scheme, and a generous annual leave allowance. In addition, you’ll be working in a supportive environment where you’ll have the chance to make Bristol a better place and contribute to its future.

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please apply.

Additional Information

If you have any job specific queries then please contact Michael Pilcher, Chief Accountant on [email protected]

In order to be shortlisted for interview we need you to demonstrate how you meet each of the essential criteria listed in the Person Specification within the Further Information section of your application. If we receive high numbers of applications, we may also need to shortlist using the desirable criteria, so please demonstrate how you meet these if you can.

To apply, please click on the apply button to visit our website.

Closing date: 28 July 2019.