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Finance Operations Manager/Deputy S151 Officer

Ipswich, permanent, up to £65,000

CIPFA-Penna are working with Ipswich Borough Council to hire a Finance Operations Manager/Deputy S151 Officer on a permanent basis. You'll support the council in setting budgets, increasing income, and delivering financial excellence.

The successful applicant will manage the finance operations area, ensuring robust financial management across the entire council. You will coordinate financial activity across budgetary control, treasury management, and accounts payable and receivable. Whether supporting the medium-term financial plan or assisting with the annual statement of accounts, the ideal candidate will provide sound, reliable contributions that ensure absolute compliance in all we do. With extensive experience operating and monitoring financial systems and procedures, you'll influence the development of corporate projects and polices, and identify to reduce costs and increase income in other areas, including service delivery, external funding, and partnerships.

You'll also manage the council's financial management ICT system, Agresso, and develop use of it. As the council’s Deputy Statutory Section 151 Officer, you will deputise for the director/assistant director as required, ensuring proper advice is given to the authority on all financial matters, and oversee the effective keeping of records, accounts and internal financial control.

The successful candidate will be a proven project manager, able to work under pressure, meet deadlines and achieve positive outcomes. With responsibility for a team of accountants, you'll be supportive, encouraging and able to delegate work appropriately. You'll enjoy working as part of a team, and know how to influence, negotiate and motivate others effectively.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop your financial management career at an ambitious borough council. You'll need to be educated to degree level of equivalent, and have an appropriate financial qualification (ACS, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA). Membership of a relevant professional body is essential.

For a confidential discussion or to apply please contact Greg Slawson on greg.slawson@penna.com or 07873 621123