• Fixed Term
  • Full Time
  • Canterbury, Kent
  • 33977 £ / Year
  • 28 July 2024

Website Canterbury City Council

The Finance team at Canterbury City Council are looking for a new Accountant to join them.

As an Accountant in Finance and Procurement you will be integral in the efficient running of our finance systems, supporting senior specialists and other colleagues in maintaining the finances of the council.

If you have a proven record of being a team player, have good communication skills and have an eye for detail this role might be for you.

What’s in it for you?

  • Salary of £33,977.00 per annum
  • Cost of living pay award negotiated annually as a salary increase
  • Flexible, hybrid working – we understand the importance of a good work-life balance.
  • We offer a generous annual leave entitlement! You’ll receive 23 days annual leave which increase with service, plus bank holidays, PLUS 3 given days which are usually used over the Christmas period when our main offices are closed. You’ll also have the option to buy more annual leave.
  • We do not work on Bank Holidays.
  • A fantastic local government pension scheme.
  • Employee perks, including multiple retailer and lifestyle discounts to help you get the most out of your money and enjoy your free time.
  • An easier commute: free use of Canterbury’s Park and Ride, flexi bus tickets, reduced train season ticket loans, and a cycle to work scheme.
  • Stay healthy: Access to free counselling, advice and webinars through our employee assistance programme, as well as contributions to the cost of Flu Jabs.

About this Accountant opportunity in Canterbury:

You will be assisting both the finance systems specialist and other accountants.  This will give you a great insight or how the various finance systems are intertwined, how they are managed and the work that goes on to ensure we maintain accurate information.

You will also see how we communicate throughout the council so financially informed decisions are at the forefront of all strategic decisions.

Here’s what you’ll get up to:

  • Assisting with the maintenance of our finance system together with periodic tasks supporting the finance function
  • Producing financial information to be reported on the council’s website
  • Building effective relationships working with other specialists and budget holders
  • Managing your own workload effectively through managing work schedules
  • Financial reconciliation work to ensure accuracy of financial information
  • Preparing journals

Your expected work pattern:

  • Fixed term contract for a year at 37 hours per week
  • Hybrid role working from home and in the offices to support your team

About you, the ideal Accountant for the job:

Your knowledge:

  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Your experience:

  • A financial background
  • Experience of maintaining financial systems
  • Processing of financial information

Your skills:

  • Organisational skills to prioritise a high and diverse workload
  • Excellent communicator
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail

Your qualifications:

  • Good understanding of English and Maths at GCSE grade 4 or above
  • Applicable finance qualifications would be beneficial

So, if this Accountant job opportunity in Canterbury, Kent looks right for you please apply today! Simply click the “Apply Online” button and create your account to begin your application form.

For an informal chat to find out more about the role or what it’s like to work for Canterbury City Councils Finance and Procurement team, please contact Rob May, Head of Finance on 07702 180551 or email rob.may@canterbury.gov.uk


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at Canterbury City Council.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in everything we do. We provide a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is valued, included and respected.

Our diversity strengthens our ability to serve the diverse communities we support through our work.

To demonstrate this through our actions, all applications are anonymised for the shortlisting panel, allowing all applicants to be assessed on merit alone.

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