Head of Finance (Multiple roles)

Job Description
Head of Finance – Job Profile

£75,829 – £84,360pa | Permananent | Full-time | Havering | Closing date – 11.09.22 at 23:59.

oneSource is one of the largest and most diverse ‘in-house’ shared service functions in the UK, supporting our partner councils, London Boroughs of Havering (LBH) & Newham (LBN). Bringing together 23 different services and over 1,000 employees; we pride ourselves on; the integrity and professionalism of our people, the ethics and quality of our business practices, and ensuring the best value for our customers, residents and the public purse.

Our organisation-wide vision is to provide a shared service for the public sector, by the public sector. Our mission, is to make our vision a reality by integrating a robust corporate service. Both our vision and mission are underpinned by our core objectives to drive council-wide improvements and nurture relationships with stakeholders, whilst developing & empowering teams to achieve operational excellence.

The finance service itself has a vision of enablement and partnership: “To enable our customers’ ambitions through professional financial counsel, stewardship and partnership working”. This vision supported by our six strategic objectives lays down the path our service will follow over the coming years.

Recognising the many relationships between both colleagues and partners, we have a unique oneSource standard that embodies the work we do, which simply translates into one core value, ‘Supportive’. By providing a supportive culture, we create an open environment to inspire, challenge, and develop our people, which in turn contributes to a positive impact on the output of our services.

About the role

In partnership with Havering Council, we have established three newly created Head of Finance roles, which will continue to promote the development of the finance service, whilst supporting Havering Council’s response to the financial and service challenges following the pandemic.

The vacant roles cover two main elements of the Local Government Financial Cycle; Monitoring, and Reporting which translates into the following vacancies:

  • Head of Finance – Business Partnering – Supporting all service departments within LBH to develop, implement, and report on financial strategies, in-line with the Council’s budget proposals and in-year monitoring.
  • Head of Finance – Financial Control (Chief Accountant) – Establishing the financial control environment and statutory reporting procedures. Identifying process and reporting improvements of Fusion, whilst also implementing an effective programme management approach to the production of the Statement of Accounts, and subsequent audit.

As the local economy and society around us recovers, the pressure on Local Government Finance will still remain. As such, these roles are pivotal in developing robust strategies and plans to successfully respond to industry challenges, opportunities and trends, whilst also embedding a culture that actively promotes exemplary working practices, continuous personal development, and lifelong learning.

About you

We’re looking for finance experts with proven experience in implementing strategic improvements of a financial service. You will be skilled in areas of Financial Management, Reporting and Analysis, with the ability to translate organisational drivers into strategic objectives, plans and outcomes.

Displaying a strong understanding of the current financial challenges that face Local Authorities, you will have the ability to lead innovation, creativity and continuous improvement, drawing on examples where you have motivated teams and developed talent to achieve operational excellence.

Demonstrating a ‘thought leadership’ approach, you will have the confidence and ability to build meaningful relationships with senior officers, key stakeholders and Cabinet Members; communicating with influence, to achieve service objectives.

However, these aren’t the only skills we’re looking for. To find out more please click here to view the Job Profile.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter which highlights the role you’re applying for, in addition to your suitability for the role, covering the key criteria as described in the Job Profile .
We practice anonymised recruitment. Please ensure that you remove all personal information from any documents that you upload.
Should you wish to have an informal conversation about any of the roles, please contact Dave McNamara on, dave.mcnamara@onesource.co.uk .

Additional Information

We want everyone to choose Havering. When you apply for a job with us, your application is considered on its merits regardless of your age, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. Our residents and service users come from all walks of life, and so do our employees. Find out what it means to Choose Havering .

The London Borough of Havering has important responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you are appointed to a job that involves working with these groups, you may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.

We practice anonymised recruitment. Please ensure that you remove all personal information from any documents that you upload.

About Us
With its excellent transport links into central London, extensive town centre regeneration and the highest concentration of green space anywhere in London, Havering has a unique offer as a place to live, work and visit. By making the most of its position and opportunities, Havering is becoming a hub for start-ups and expanding businesses, as well as construction, logistics, engineering and manufacturing industries.

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