Head of Finance - CHASC

13 Feb 2019
06 Mar 2019
Job role
Head of finance
Contract type
Full time


Buckinghamshire is at the beginning of an exciting new chapter, following the recent decision to establish a new unitary council, incorporating all of the services currently provided by the county and district councils. This post will be at the heart of this journey, it has been confirmed as a permanent addition to the new unitary council establishment already, meaning that it will be possible to focus upon driving forward improved financial management to support the delivery of community, health and adult social care services to the residents of Buckinghamshire. To hear more about this role please view this video

As the Head of Finance for Communities, Health, Adult Social Care (CHASC) you will lead a team of experienced and developing staff that are committed to developing an effective and successful business partnering model, providing strategic insight and advice to senior managers to support decision making and maximising value for money. The adoption of an Integrated Care System model in partnership with the NHS across Buckinghamshire also means that you will be at the forefront of developments in the delivery of partnership and joint working that delivers better outcomes and improved health and wellbeing whilst ensuring that every GBP is well used for both service users and the Council Tax payers of Buckinghamshire.

About us

Buckinghamshire County Council is an historically high performing organisation with a strong track record of achievement. We are well placed to tackle the varied and sometimes challenging set of priorities that we face.

Serving a population of over a half million residents, plus many thriving businesses and thousands of visitors each year; we're working hard to ensure that in 10 years' time, Buckinghamshire will still be a great place to live and work, and our economy will be one of the strongest in the country.

About the role

You will be an integral member of the CHASC Leadership Team bringing insight, providing support, challenge and influencing decision making and strategic financial planning. These are both challenging and exciting times for Adult Social Care in Buckinghamshire, the service has been doing remarkable work, but as it moves to the future, the service needs to become even more integrated and effective to deliver the vision of making a real difference to the people and communities we serve. As the Head of Finance you will play an integral role in supporting the delivery of this vision by facilitation of the Bucks Finance Offer in:

  • leading an effective finance business partnering service that works in partnership with the service to achieve excellent financial management,
  • ensuring that the statutory responsibilities of the S151 Officer in managing the financial affairs of CHASC are properly carried out, including statutory reporting and fiduciary duties, and
  • in providing professional support, advice and guidance to Members, the Executive Director and other Senior Officers.Our local communities are at the heart of everything we do. Whether its new roads being built, helping parents get their children a school place or providing essential care and support to vulnerable children or elderly residents, we're here to make a real difference to the people and communities we serve.

About you

You will need to be a CCAB Qualified Accountant, with experience of delivering financial services supporting complex service delivery,with an in depth and current knowledge of national and local issues in relation to local government finance and adult social care. You will need an ability to provide insight and constructive challenge that directly influences decision–making and outcomes of the Business Unit. An understanding of political sensitivities and extensive knowledge of local government and wider sector / external influences is essential. You will have proven business, people and change management experience coupled with excellent leadership skills to inspire, motivate and develop organisational thinking.

Please see the job description for further information.

Other information

For an informal discussion about this role, please e–mail Bev Winter at the following address , with your contact details.

We recognise and reward you

There are superb travel links that give quick and easy access to London, Oxford, Milton Keynes and Birmingham. As part of the London commuter belt Buckinghamshire is well connected to the national rail network with local commuter and inter–city services. There are four main lines running through the county including the West Coast Main Line, the London to Aylesbury Line, Chiltern Main Line and Great Western Main Line.

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work–life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

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