Senior Accountant

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Police Staff
Fixed Term Contract
Full Time
Finance
Portishead, Police Headquarters- BS20 8QJ
PO 2-5

£36,177 - £38,856

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  
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The Avon and Somerset Force is a large employer in the South West and is made up of over 5000 Police Officers, staff and volunteers.  The Force is structured into eight policing and enabling services directorates which form the backbone to its effective operation. If you're looking for a fresh challenge which offers variety and a genuine opportunity to broaden your experience and make a difference, come and join us in the Finance Team. This role is a 2 year Fixed Term employment contract.

Finance is at the heart of the organisation and reporting an accurate financial picture enables senior leaders to fully utilise valuable resources. The Finance team are friendly, supportive and work collaboratively applying technical financial expertise to a variety of operational issues; working closely with senior Force leaders controlling costs and managing budgets.  The majority of the Finance Team are blended workers and work between home and office during the working week.

Do you hold, or are you working towards an accounting qualification? If you have the experience of working in a financial environment and able to provide a wide range of financial services supporting the Corporate Business Partners, then we want to hear from you. 

You would be responsible for helping the Corporate Finance Business Partners to analyse and report on financial performance across the organisation. The role is highly collaborative in nature, applying technical financial expertise and professional accounting standards to operational issues to ensure that the organisation manages costs effectively.

In this role, your main responsibilities will be:

  • To prepare and maintain financial plans, programmes and budgets, including the allocation of resources.
  • To monitor revenue and capital budgets and report on variances and advise on remedial action.
  • To provide financial advice and support to budget holders, partners and other external organisation including the
    preparation and interpretation of financial appraisals of projects.
  • To assist in the closure of the annual accounts and produce outturn data in accordance with legislation.
  • To develop the link between financial information and performance data and provide statistical analysis.
  • To ensure that financial systems, practices and procedures are sound and in accordance with Financial Regulations.
  • To promote and develop the use of technology in the management and control of financial systems.

Skills, experience and qualifications required:

  • The post holder must hold or be working towards AAT or a CCAB accounting qualification or be a fully qualified Accounting
    Technician with accountancy experience in public finance.
  • Previous supervisory experience is desirable along with experience of report writing and conducting research.
  • Experience of communicating complex financial information to non-financial managers. Able to meet deadlines, prioritise workloads and work independently with focussed attention to detail.
  • In depth knowledge of finance procedures and "best practice".
  • A medium to high level competence in Excel and digital accounting systems

    What we can offer:-

Our values are key, each and every employee embraces these in everything they do:- CARING. COURAGEOUS. INCLUSIVE. LEARNING.
Our mission is forefront of it all, we are here across the whole of Avon and Somerset to SERVE. PROTECT. RESPECT.
How we reward you is linked to our culture, it’s about more than just salary.
At our Headquarters in Portishead, you will have access to free onsite parking, an onsite Gym, a Pension Scheme, a subsidised Canteen and an Onsite COSTA coffee just to name a few. Through a package of financial, lifestyle and health benefits, we support whatever stage of life you're in and the moments that matter.

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 3 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

Does this sound like the role for you? Click the link below to apply.

About us

Diversity is a strength and individuality is an asset.

We recognise the benefit different life experience and perspectives can bring.

We are on a journey to become the most inclusive police force in the country. 

Find out more about our benefits and culture


Click the video link below to see why our colleagues feel they can "Be the Difference"






Blended Working/ Hybrid Working

Avon and Somerset Police encourage flexible working where operationally possible.
This role has been identified as a blended role.
The successful candidate for this role will have the opportunity to work from home whilst also at a secondary work location, which will be a police premises. The successful applicant will have the option to discuss working arrangements with their line manager. All applicants must reside within the UK.

Important information before you commence an application (for external applicants)

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained
  •  Tattoos - you will also be requested to provide photos and describe of any visible tattoos you have

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving licence including photos. 

Important information before you commence an application- for ALL applicants

The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes.

Please ensure you allow time to complete your application fully as part complete pages do not save.  

If the role has evidence questions you may wish to save these remotely and paste your answers into the boxes at time of submission. 

This vacancy is closed to applications.