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Principal Accountant

The Role

Are you a team leader, manager, or senior accountant with experience in local authority accounting? Or do you have high level experience in year-end close down, capital accounting, or in treasury management? If yes, we want to hear from you to join our high performing and progressive team based just 10 minutes from Clapham Junction.


The Role

We are looking for a Principal Accountant to fill one of two brand new posts created as part of our restructured Accountancy Service which went live in January 2020. This post will give the successful candidate invaluable experience across the board of technical accounting and give the opportunity for them to lead their own sub team of Senior Accountants.

The team’s primary task is to close the accounts for both Wandsworth and Richmond Councils, including the production of the Statement of Accounts and liaising with the external auditors. The team also has the day to day responsibility for capital financing, financial accounting, the Collection Fund, treasury management, banking and cash flow management, asset accounting, and VAT.

As a lead member of this technical team, you will have an analytical mind, be a well-developed communicator, be self-motivated and be committed to providing good customer care. The Principal Accountant posts are designed to provide a great opportunity for talented and ambitious professionals to gain experience in a wide breadth of accounting areas and in working for two Councils in a single role within the successful Shared Staffing Arrangement of Richmond and Wandsworth Councils.

The Principal Accountant post holders will work closely with the Head of Accountancy in providing high quality technical work year-round and in the day to day development of the Senior Accountants who will support them in the team’s ambition to be a high level technical knowledge hub. The post holders will also support the Chief Accountant in the continuous improvement in the Accountancy Service through project work, and the planning and implementation of quality initiatives.

You will have knowledge of statutory financial reporting requirements and financial regulations combined with some experience of leading an area within local authority accounting.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include flexible working dependent on service need and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.

Our offices are in the Grade II listed building of Wandsworth Town Hall which is centrally located in the heart of vibrant Wandsworth Town. The offices are a 10 minute bus journey from Clapham Junction, or under a 10 minute walk to Wandsworth Town Station where direct trains are 15 minutes to London Waterloo.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about the roles, please contact Steve Carter on 020 8891 7200 or Alicia Attoe on 020 8891 7610.


(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.


Important Information

 Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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