Head of Corporate Finance & Deputy Section 151

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Wiltshire Council
£71,903 to £79,270
Closing date:
23rd September
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
23rd September 2019
w/c 30th September 2019
Online Assessments
w/c 30th September & 7th October 2019
w/c 7th October 2019
w/c 14th October 2019

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Empowering People, Innovation and Collaboration

Wiltshire is a thriving county that enables and positively encourages healthy living in strong, inclusive and prosperous communities. We are proud of our heritage and for having a strong community spirit. Over the last decade the Council, with its public, private and voluntary sector partners, has improved people’s lives and helped businesses to develop and relocate into Wiltshire. Looking ahead to the next decade, we plan to continue that success where people in communities come together to support each other, take part in events and activities, and take responsibility for what matters to them. We have now created a new post for a Head of Corporate Finance and Deputy Section 151 Officer, which is a pivotal role in continuing our journey.

This newly created role is integral to our modernisation approach, as you will play a leading role in shaping our Finance Team. As the deputy for the Director of Finance and Procurement for all finance matters, your role will be to set and deliver the strategic vision and direction of the accountancy function and ensure we meet our strategic and operational needs.

This is a really exciting time to join us as we are just going to market for a new Financial Management System, which we see as a huge opportunity to drive change both in culture and systems and processes. We are looking for you to set the corporate standards and implement new systems and processes, including our management reporting and accounting; as well as driving continual improvement and providing inspirational leadership to the team and the Council’s leadership team.  

Your strong local government finance and understanding will drive and guide our approach. For this role we need a future focused leader with a proven ability to set a strong direction and maximise cooperation for change and innovation. We see this role as a stepping stone to move in to a director role. This is a superb opportunity to be at the heart of one of the most exciting and forward thinking Councils in the country and the opportunity to step into a directorship in the near future.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Gary Evans
0113 205 6080
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