Senior Financial Accountant

Chelmsford, permanent

Job description, key responsibilities and experience

Salary: Up to £62,624 (including market supplement)

Closing date: Sunday 25 February 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to undertake the role of Senior Financial Accountant for Essex Police. This is a varied role covering several key areas of technical accounting whilst also managing a small team. `You will work alongside the Chief Accountant in respect of the closure of accounts, and the production of the statutory annual Statement of Accounts as well as liaise with external auditors on queries and requests. You will take the lead on pensions accounting issues for the force. Provide advice and guidance on taxation related issues including VAT, IR35 and CIS. Manage a team of four staff, including line management of the Corporate Accounting Supervisor, ensuring that the key tasks of the team e.g. bank reconciliations, payroll control reconciliations and the seized monies process are being managed effectively and pro-actively.

You will:

  • Possess a CCAB or equivalent qualification. This is equivalent to a Level 7 diploma and masters degree, and represents a professionally qualified accountant or be able to evidence you are able to acquire this qualification with 12 months from the application date.
  • Have at least two years experience in a financial accounting environment, ideally within a medium or large size public sector organisation.
  • Be able to evidence experience of closure of accounts processes, as well as knowledge of CIPFA accounting guidance.
  • Able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge and practical experience of financial accounting systems and be fully conversant with a range of Microsoft applications, specifically Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

You will preferably:

  • Have experience of working in Local Government or Police and
  • Have knowledge and experience of Public Sector pensions and taxation.  

You will be based at Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, which is within walking distance of the city centre, train station and bus routes. The role will offer flexibility in terms of place of work, including some home working.

What we offer in return:

  • 23 days annual leave per year, increasing with service.
  • Opportunity to support the delivery of policing services within Essex.
  • Enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Access to Health Services via our in-house Occupational Health and Welfare team.
  • For members of the Sports and Social Association, access to on-site gym facilities, discounts at a variety of shops and restaurants, and discounted excursions.

How to apply

Apply via the Penna website.

Contact: Andrew Barton

Email: or call + +44 (0) 7922 386 432

Webchat is available Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 (excluding UK bank holidays).