Vacancy for Responsible Finance Officer

Published: 22 March 2021

Liss Parish Council - Vacancy for Responsible Financial Officer (Part-Time: 20 hrs)

An opportunity to join a small, energetic team driving new investment in a growing community.

Liss is a relatively large village with approx. 6,300 inhabitants and growing. The allocation in the Joint Core Strategy is 150 new homes for Liss, already in the process for delivery, and investment in infrastructure is likely to bring about opportunities for the Council in the next couple of years. Hence this is an exciting time to join this busy Council in which the work is varied and rewarding. The Parish Council manages three recreation grounds, the first section of the Riverside Walk, six allotment sites, a Village Hall and Pavilion.

The overall responsibilities of the Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) are the maintenance of the proper financial records of the Council and the prudent management and administration of its funds and finances. Ideally the appointee will have previous experience in the sector and sufficient financial experience to operate the Council’s new RBS Omega accounting system and manage the financial affairs of the Council. This will include drawing up an annual budget and precept request, the monthly salary run and pension payments, PAYE, HMRC, VAT and charity returns (three charities), process invoicing and payments, monthly bank reconciliations and year-end accounts in preparation for audit. The appointee will also require good interpersonal and communication skills – being able to communicate and work with councillors and the Clerk is key. The appointee will also need to have good analytical skills and strong accuracy and be organised and self-motivated to meet deadlines.

This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week. At present, working from home (PC provided), but normally based at the Parish Office alongside the Clerk and Assistant Clerk. The Council also employs a groundsman, litter picker and two caretakers. The team is friendly and welcoming. As part of a small team, the postholder will need to be flexible in taking on other tasks as required, including project work where capacity allows and will need to be available to attend evening meetings (no more than approximately one per month). The hours of work can be worked on a flexible basis. A full job description is available on request. The salary will be SCP 18 (£24,982 p.a. pro rata) with the option of enrolling into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

For further information and/or job description please contact:

Sarah Smith, Parish Clerk

01730 892823/ clerk-smith@lissparishcouncil.gov.uk

To apply please submit your CV with a personal statement explaining why you would like the role, the skills you would bring and what interests you about the role to Sarah Smith via the above e-mail address.

The deadline for applications is Monday 12th April 2021.

                                                                                         Liss Parish Council is an equal opportunities employer.