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Group Finance Manager

Company: Liverpool City Council UK    Location: Liverpool
We are seeking an experienced Finance Manager for up to 12 months to cover maternity leave in the Finance team with specific responsibilities to provide professional financial management support and advice to the Children & Young Peoples Directorate.

This business partnering role is integral to supporting the Council deliver on its Medium Term Financial Plans and Corporate priorities and Mayoral growth plans. The role focuses on providing strategic and technical support to operational teams and budget holders and advice to enable development and delivery of significant transformational change programmes. The role covers a wide remit from the preparation of monthly management accounts, providing advice on a range of service priorities and initiatives and taking a lead role in the closure of accounts process. Experience of these key areas is essential to be successful.

Internal applicants must secure agreement for their release from their Line Manager before making any application for an Internal Secondment opportunity or before accepting an offer of appointment to a post on an internal secondment basis.

Key Accountabilities

Be responsible to the Head of Finance for the management of the finance team, including the allocation of work, monitoring of workloads, performance and attendance in order to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of financial management and support to service users.

Work closely with business unit and service managers to ensure the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the service and effective implementation of procedures and instructions.

Assist in the preparation of the Medium Term Financial Plan, Corporate Strategies and be responsible for the annual preparation of the revenue and capital budgets for the services within the Portfolio and to ensure that the corporate financial system is updated and maintained to reflect approved decisions.

Be responsible for the annual closure of accounts process ensuring compliance with all current statutory and professional accounting codes and financial reporting requirements.

Oversee the provision of regular, cyclical and ad-hoc budgetary control information and advice to budget holders and managers at all levels in the service and for all funding streams ensuring the needs and requirements of budget holders are met. This will include taking a leading role in the production of budget monitoring information for Portfolio senior managers and Members.

Development of accounting procedures and assist in the development of financial and performance management systems.

Be an effective member of the Service Management Team, and participate in working parties, groups, Portfolio or other meetings as appropriate and deputise for the Head of Finance as necessary.

Strategically develop the role of the finance service so that its systems, working practices and structures can adapt to both internal and external changes.

Undertake financial management skills training for non-financial managers and other appropriate staff.

Identify and advise senior management of external funding opportunities, and oversee financial bid preparation / grant claim submission thus ensuring the correct financial management of external funds.

Prepare financial appraisals and performance projections including input to the financial implications of service proposals and reports to Members and senior management.

Provide financial management advice on the implications of external partnerships for both existing and new partnerships.

Explore and advise managers on innovative solutions to problems and issues in a pro-active manner.

Maintain a detailed knowledge of grant funding regimes, financial planning and corporate financial strategies.

Ensure that the service annual budget is prepared to include external funded initiatives and that the corporate financial system is updated to reflect additional projects, sources of funds or other changes.

Liaise with External and Internal Audit to ensure that any audit issues relating to services supported by the Finance Team are addressed.

Contribute to the corporate performance management agenda including risk management and service and business planning.

Contribute to the implementation of new technology.

Be responsible for the implementation of the City Councils personnel policies and procedures for the Finance Team, including training and development.

Undertake such other duties that are commensurate with the grade of the post.

Skills and Experience

The essential criteria are marked with *, all other criteria are desirable

Please refer to the attached Person Specification.