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Council HQ, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA
£43,652 - £49,163 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

This position has expired.

Vacancy Information

It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale.

Temporary for 2 years
Days and Hours of Work:
Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00
To start asap

We are looking for an effective communicator to join the organisation who has previous line management experience. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning workloads and developing procedures to ensure that business continuity and resilience is an integral component of the Systems Development Team.

Job Details

As a senior member of the wider Finance Team, the Principal Accountant will be expected to:
 In collaboration with the Service Manager operationally manage the provision of 
professional technical financial advice across the Council identifying and delivering the 
strategic objectives for the Business Finance team and wider Finance service.
 Oversee the development and training of the Finance Team, ensuring the service has 
the appropriate skills, demonstrating continuous improvement, and is resourced to 
support the Council’s wider transformational change agenda.
 Play a key role in ensuring Council services are managing their resources as efficiently 
and effectively as possible

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
Qualified accountant with membership of a CCAB (CIPFA/ACCA/CIMA/ICAS) 
professional accounting body, combined with substantial experience in a financial 
management role.

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

Please note:
If  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

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