Apprentice Accountant

Recruiter
Basildon Council
Location
Basildon Centre, St. Martins Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL
Salary
£24,167.00 - £27,667.00 annually
Posted
15 Jul 2021
Closes
28 Jul 2021
Ref
VAC001738426
Specialism
Other
Sector
Unspecified
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
August
Duration
Permanent
This role is within the Management Accounting Team which collectively is responsible for the preparation and regular budget monitoring of the General Fund budgets, including the annual Council Tax setting process. The Team also supports the corporate transformation agenda in particular with regard to accounting and monitoring efficiency targets as well as providing innovative professional accountancy support to a range of front-line and support services.

Main duties of the Management Accounting Team include:
  • Development of the Council's Medium Term Financial Strategy
  • Development and preparation of the Financial forward forecast modelling
  • Preparation of the Council's annual budget for the General Fund for Council Tax setting
  • Preparation of information for the completion of the annual statutory final accounts for the General Fund in accordance with accounting practices
  • Providing Members and Officers of all directorates with appropriate guidance and training on financial issues
  • Preparation of regular budgetary control reports for presentation to the Senior Leadership Team, Members and Committees in support of the Section 151 responsibilities
  • The provision of a business advisory role and guidance on financial matters and support to cost centre managers
  • Maintenance of corporate financial management systems (FMS) including General Ledger and Purchase Ordering
  • Support the organisation in the delivery of the corporate transformation agenda, including monitoring achievement of targets


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Experience in producing financial data/information tailored to the needs of different audiences
  • Ability to take the initiative and think creatively and flexibly to resolve problems
  • Ability to work under pressure and achieve pre-determined deadlines
  • Numerate with the ability to handle complex statistical and financial data and the ability to interpret such data accordingly
  • Excellent IT skills preferably including strong technical experience of financial management systems and desk top analytical tools
  • To be able to assess a dilemma logically and laterally and deal with it accordingly, including knowing when to refer the problem to more senior management


Personal qualities

  • High level of commitment in work and study
  • A professional and motivated self-starter with the ability to work well both as an individual and as part of a team
  • Be able to work with people effectively
  • Be able to present and communicate information
  • Be able to complete own research and learning
  • Be able to deliver results and meet expectations
  • Be able to cope with pressure and setbacks


Desired qualifications

  • Graduate, 2:1 or above, preferably in a related field OR AAT Level 3 qualified (or higher)
  • 5 GCSEs, Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English


Future prospects

  • Opportunities to progress within the organisation and complete full Level 7 qualification


Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week)

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

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