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Council HQ John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington, EH41 3HA
£28,030 - £30,458 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Vacancy Information

Hourly rate of pay: £15.36 - £16.69

Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday, 09:00-17:00
Flexi time is applicable and starting and finishing times are flexible.
To start 1st November 2023.

Finance Officer (3 Posts - Service Accounting)
East Lothian is seeking three individuals to join the team. The posts will be based in Service Accounting and will support the financial management of a range of council services including budget development, budget monitoring and supporting services through transformation and change.

As a smaller council there are increased opportunities for successful applicants to work across a wider remit and to develop your skills and experience.

These are critical permanent posts within that new structure. There will be opportunities for the successful applicant to help shape the future direction of the team and this is an exciting time to join.

The council offers flexible working, including working from home and flexi time, generous annual leave entitlement and a career average earnings pension scheme.

If you wish to discuss the post further please email your details to for the attention of the Service Manager (Service Accounting)

Home Working Consideration
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

Applications for this post will only be accepted from current employees of East Lothian Council (this includes casual and agency staff who are currently undertaking work for us). 

Job Details

As a key member of the Business Finance Team, the Finance Officer will be expected to;

- Support the Finance Business Partner and Principal Accountant to develop service 
- Support in the preparation of accurate and timely financial monitoring reports to Council services, ensuring that relevant information is reflected within the financial ledger and budget profiling is accurate; timely and accurate reconciliations are undertaken; and financial variances are identified and investigated.
- Support the successful delivery of the Council’s statutory financial accounts and 
other key statutory returns. 

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
A formal accountancy or business management qualification at HNC/SVQ Level 3 and/or able to demonstrate substantial experience/skills in a financial management/business management role.

The preferred candidate for this position may be subject to a Basic Disclosure provided by Disclosure Scotland prior to a formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note:
If a Disclosure check is required and you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will also be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail). All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form. Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form.

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