Senior Accountant UKC/UGC
We are looking for a Senior Accountant to join a brand new UK Central (UKC) Finance Team at Solihull Council, responsible for supporting an exciting and ambitious UK Central regeneration and economic growth programme with the Urban Growth Company (UGC).
The Urban Growth Company (UGC) is an arm’s‐length, special‐purpose delivery vehicle created by Solihull Council (SMBC) to realise the full economic potential of the HS2 Interchange Station and the related infrastructure. UGC also aim to maximise outcomes from existing assets including Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Business Park and Jaguar Land Rover Solihull, all within an area heavily influenced by national rail and motorway/ trunk road networks.
The UGC is delivering a major part of the overall UK Central (UKC) programme with SMBC in conjunction with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) who provide the funding. Specifically, this involves coordinating and accelerating major infrastructure investment at the UK Central Hub (‘The Hub’) to create a globally renowned point of connection and a major engine for economic growth on a regional and national scale.
The vision is to create Europe’s best‐connected destination for business, leisure and living at The Hub; a new and outstanding gateway to the UK. The overall growth envisaged at The Hub comprises up to 5,000 new homes and 775,000m2 of commercial development, and supporting 70,000 new / protected jobs by the mid‐2030s.
The UKC Finance Team
A new UKC Finance Team is being created to support this exciting and ambitious UKC programme and provide dedicated statutory and financial support services for the Council.
The teams’ primary responsibilities will include supporting all of the projects within the UKC programme and ensuring that the funding relationship with the WMCA (for which Solihull Council are the accountable body) receives a high level of assurance, financial accuracy and integrity, meeting the Councils financial regulations and the WMCA’s business case and funding requirements.
As a Senior Accountant, you will be providing a detailed financial service to the UGC and the Councils’ UKC programme and be responsible for the preparation of the UGC company accounts, supporting business case production and submission, quarterly claim preparation and the preparation of monthly financial data to the UGC Board/Council UKC Board meetings.
You will also be supporting project/budget managers with project forecasts reporting and adhering to the Councils financial cycle processes, from budget setting to financial year end and auditing both the company and UGC accounts.
Experience of working in a professional finance environment, including preparing company accounts, budgets and monitoring, forecasting, and utilising financial modeling and analysis to support decision making will be critical for this role.
You will also have:
- Current full membership of CCAB or CIMA with evidence of continuing professional development.
- Advanced financial management and accounting skills
- Experience of managing a financial team and working closely with other teams to deliver tangible outcomes.
As well as the opportunity to be a key part of an incredibly exciting, ambitious and high profile programme for Solihull and the West Midlands region, this role provides a great career platform that successful candidates can thrive and ultimately build upon.
We also offer:
- Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year and agile working arrangements
- The opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Staff discount card
To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question or require further information regarding this post, please contact Julie Cooper, Head of Financial Operations on 0121 704 8277.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete online testing w/c 15th February 2021 with successful candidates invited to interview from the 22nd February onwards.
Interviews will be held using a secure video conferencing platform.
Please note we do not accept CVs.