Senior Finance Officer

  • Location
    Lewes, East Sussex
  • Job type
    Temporary contract
  • Industry
    Financial Services
  • External Reference
    5460
  • Category
    Accountancy & Finance - Finance Assistant

Senior Finance Officer


£15.06 per hour PAYE


£20.00 per hour Umbrella


6 months - Possible extension


Purpose of the Role:

To provide a professional and comprehensive finance service including support, advice, guidance and challenge to budget managers


Key tasks:



  1. As a critical friend, engage with and advise budget managers in managing, monitoring and reporting on financial performance and provide financial forecasts including unit costing data and savings/efficiency analyses.

  2. Act as the key customer contact for designated service area(s) and develop excellent collaborative working relationships with internal and external customers, stakeholders and partners.

  3. Monitor, review and develop the effectiveness of services, systems, processes and records, suggesting improvements to ensure best value for stakeholders and customers.

  4. Undertake research, analysis and reporting of high quality financial and management information.

  5. Assist with the induction of new colleagues and provide cover for senior staff as and when appropriate.

  6. Represent Service Finance at internal and external meetings, working groups and project teams as required and brief senior staff on decisions made and issues requiring resolution.

  7. As directed by senior staff, provide financial training, support and induction to finance for finance staff and customers of financial services, for example, budget managers and school bursars.

  8. Prepare annual revenue and capital estimates in accordance with approved plans and policies, in consultation with departmental budget managers, ensuring compliance with corporate procedures, timescales and financial regulations.

  9. Undertake the closing of accounts promptly and in accordance with best professional standards and statutory requirements. Prepare appropriate information to support the annual Statement of Accounts and audit.

  10. Establish and quantify financial risks and pressures in current and future years and support the production of departmental Medium Term Financial Plans.

  11. Contribute to the production of business cases using financial modelling techniques, as appropriate, assessing and highlighting financial implications.

  12. Complete financial reconciliations, returns and processes including for example, grant claims and VAT self-certification.


Key skills/requirements



  • Finance background

  • Numeracy

  • Attention to detail











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