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Senior Accountant (Service Finance)


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35 hours per week (Full time 35 hours per week)
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Newington Barrow Way
£39,462 - £45,594 per annum
Salary period
Today at 23:59

Our ambition

We're determined to make Islington fairer. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

We also have an ambitious goal – to be the best council in the country – with every employee clear about the part they play and inspired, focused and supported to give their very best.

We want to build an organisation where employees feel valued, inspired and empowered to help us achieve our goals and provide the best services possible to our residents.

Our values and behaviours

‘Be Islington’ is about setting a clear challenge about what it means to be an Islington employee and sets the standard for every new recruit.

We ask our employees to ‘Be Islington’ – playing their part in working together for a fairer borough and to always be collaborative, be ambitious, be resourceful, and be empowering (‘CARE’).


There are three roles currently being advertised, two working with our Resources finance team and one with our Housing and Public Health finance team. In each area there will be a variety of important opportunities and challenges to support the council:

  • Resources finance colleagues are responsible for management and financial support for Revenues and Benefits, Digital Services, Human Resources,  Legal and various other niche sections within the back office function. The team directly report to number of top senior managements within the council.  The Senior Accountant role will provide financial management advice and support for these areas, which includes the budgeting process, performing accounts reconciliation, assisting with audit preparation and analysing and advising on corporate initiatives. In addition post will also involve supporting to management with technical work around collection fund and housing subsidy/overpayments and performing other duties as assigned.
  • Housing & Public Health: The finance team support two key front line services in Housing Needs & Strategy and the Public Health Department. The Housing Needs & Strategy service aim to meet the housing needs of the people of Islington through addressing issues like preventing homelessness, providing a housing advice service, and the delivery of an effective housing strategy. Public Health seeks to improve health in Islington through providing advice, commissioning services, and working with other organisations to improve outcomes. The Senior Accountant role will provide financial management advice and support to these services.

To be successful, the post holders will be expected either a part qualified or studying towards an accounting qualification, and have strong knowledge and experience around management accounts in a complex environment, proficient in MS office package and have the technical ability to lead, gather, interpret and recommend action.

Closing date: Wednesday 20 October at 23:59pm.

Interview dates: week commencing  15 November 2021.

For a informal discussion please contact Khogen Sutradhar,  Principal Accountant  by email: or 0207 527 2499.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Khogen Sutradhar,
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Principal Accountant
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The Town Hall
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N1 2UD