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Accounting Technician

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

We are a dynamic Financial Management Team responsible for providing a diverse range of functions to drive the Council to fulfil its transformational journey We deliver the full range of financial management and accounting services to facilitate effective delivery of services to support the people of Coventry and deliver projects which are redefining the infrastructure of the city.

Working flexibly with internal officers and external partners we aim to ensure finance is at the heart of everything that the Council does.

The organisation has a high expectation of our service, and we will continue to support and develop our staff to have the skills to deliver a quality service.

What is the job role?

The Finance Support team is an integral part of how we deliver our statutory financial obligations as well as being the first point of contact for our service managers in executing their financial responsibilities within service areas and delegated budgets.

The main duties and responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Deliver Finance Support to service managers and budget holders across the Council’s services.
  • Responsibility for monitoring the housing benefit subsidy claims, Including supporting the quarterly forecast and reporting any anomalies to your Line Manager. You will also support the year end systems reconciliation, to ensure the claim is accurately represented in the local authority’s Statement of Accounts.
  • Support budget holders and business partners within your service area to ensure budget setting processes are carried out effectively, including quarterly forecasting. Any adhoc task required to support the centralised budget setting process.
  • Responsibility for completing all scheduled Final Accounts tasks according to the agreed timetable. You will ensure transactions are carried out in line with internal policies and procedures, as well as liaising with business partners on Final Accounts tasks within your service area.
  • Stakeholder engagement with budget managers, service users and business partners throughout the annual financial cycle.
  • To work with a mindset of continuous improvement, proactively engaging with stakeholders and colleagues to identify areas for review and improvement.

 This post is a 12-month fixed term contract.

Who are we looking for?

This is an excellent opportunity for an accounting technician who is self-motivated, enthusiastic, and keen to progress their career as an accountant.

You will have a good knowledge of accounting, an eye for detail and the confidence to provide support to a range of finance and non-finance professionals, while identifying improved ways of working.

You will work collaboratively and flexibly with other colleagues within the team, to provide finance support to the Council within agreed SLAs/deadlines.

We are looking for an individual who is a problem solver and can demonstrate competence in using Microsoft Office, especially Excel and ERP system.

When applying for this role, you will be asked to write a personal statement. Linked to the person specifications and above, please include the following information in your application:

  • Your experience of working in areas requiring accounting skills and the ability to apply these to meeting formal accounting requirements.
  • Demonstrate your ability to work with a range of finance and non-finance professionals in a positive manner to achieve clear objectives.
  • Give an example of a recent process improvement you have implemented.
  • Your experience of problem solving, including the skills used to achieve the outcome.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): W/C 29th August 2022.

About Coventry

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and it was the UK City of Culture 2021. We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons as you can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Opportunity for Salary Match and Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 
  • Lifestyle savings
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes; Car Scheme, Cycle to work and more
  • Interest free travel loans
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Workplace parking scheme
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption Leave
  • And much more

Coventry City Council

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