Head of Finance (FIF08219)

Favourite Fife Council
Ref no: FIF08219
Closes: Sunday, 17th September 2017
Published: Monday, 21st August 2017
Location: Fife House 06
Salary: £91,479 per year
Hours: 36.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: Fife Council
Category: Managerial / Executive
Sub-category: Head of Service

Job Description

First Interview: Wednesday 15th November 2017

Interview with Appointments Sub-Committee Friday 1st December 2017

We’re an ambitious Council, transforming what we do and how we do it to best serve the people of Fife. We’re working in a time of challenge and opportunity, delivering services with reducing workforce numbers, increasingly tight budgets, and rising public expectations. Over the last year we’ve changed the way we approach the budget challenges ahead, providing a clear focus on service redesign based on data-driven analytics and on medium and longer term financial strategy and planning.

We’re looking for a Head of Finance who has strong technical skills coupled with strong leadership, insight, political acumen and the ability to innovate, be responsive to the needs of the Council and help deliver new ways of working


You’ll be a qualified accountant with current membership of a professional body such as CIPFA or equivalent. You’ll have significant experience in successful financial management and providing trusted and influential advice to senior managers and elected members. You’ll have experience as a manager, working within a political and partnership environment, helping to develop and implement strategy and to resource and deliver strategic objectives sustainably and in the public interest.


You’ll shape, lead and drive delivery of financial services across the whole Council. You’ll provide advice and support across a broad portfolio that includes long-term financial planning, medium term financial strategy, identifying and managing risk and opportunities, audit and performance management arrangements, and managing pension funds. You’ll innovate and lead change, making best use of resources and technologies to ensure our finances remain robust and well-managed and position us to meet the changes and opportunities ahead. You’ll ensure that public money is safeguarded at all times and used appropriately, with organisational decision-making grounded in solid financial criteria, analysis and insight.

The Individual

You’ll have the drive to innovate and lead change, engage and empower, and think corporately, strategically and differently. You’ll have the experience and enthusiasm to identify and respond positively, flexibly, and pragmatically to emerging issues. You’ll have the confidence and credibility to contribute as a visible and inspiring leader, working in a senior role in a political and partnership environment across a range of financial and corporate responsibilities. You’ll have the skills to manage significant staffing and budgetary responsibilities, and ensure fulfilment of statutory functions and business critical activity.

Around here, How We Work Matters and you’ll role model and promote our values and behaviours:

  • Take ownership
  • Focus on customers
  • Work together
  • Embrace technology and information
  • Deliver results.

This post is subject to a Standard Disclosure check which will be undertaken by Disclosure Scotland.

This post is designated as politically restricted within the terms of Section 2 of the Local Government & Housing Act 1989.

For an informal discussion, please contact Eileen Rowand, Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services, at eileen.rowand@fife.gov.uk

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