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Principal Accountant

Job Title: Principal Accountant
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: East Sussex
Salary: £25 per hour
REF: TD4834523
Contact Name: Toni Dunkley
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 3 years ago

Job Description

Principal Accountant| Eastbourne

Key Duties

  • Be the technical lead for Financial Accounting serving Lewes and Eastbourne Councils, providing strategic advice to members, directors and assistant directors, their companies, and stakeholders in accordance with the Councils’ corporate plan, company business plans, priorities and values.
  • To act as the lead coordinator for the annual production of the both Councils and other stakeholders Statement of Accounts, maintain the integrity underpinning chart of accounts, balances and transactions to facilitate all aspects of statutory and management reporting.
  • To manage day to day activity within the Financial Accounts team, including design and implementation of processes and procedures for other staff to follow.
  • To provide technical accounting advice to Councils staff to ensure that best practice and relevant accounting standards and guidance is adhered to, while ensuring strong financial governance framework is provided that meets the needs of both Councils objectives.
  • To deputise for the Deputy Chief Finance Officer (DCFO), as may be reasonably required from time to time in relation to day to day accountancy, controls, strategic treasury management activities, banking and cash management.




  • Membership of appropriate professional body e.g. CIPFA, or other CCAB body.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Educated to a degree level
  • Key knowledge and intelligence of changing financial legislation and initiatives that impact on the public sector
  • Local Authority knowledge and intelligence


  • Management qualification
  • IFRS qualification



  • Ability to analyse complex information, focussing on the key financial drivers
  • Highly advanced financial modeller
  • Ability to explain financial information effectively to staff with a non-financial background.
  • Able to influence directors and members as appropriate
  • Ability to influence, persuade and negotiate at a high level in order to facilitate critical decisions being reached.
  • Ability to understand and translate complex issues into timely and innovative solutions.
  • A flexible and challenging disposition.
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Politically aware and sensitive
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • Strong motivational abilities
  • Experience of managing staff members, preferably extending to management of a small team.



  • Strong experience in accountancy, including budgeting, monitoring, reconciliations, financial modelling and end of year reporting  
  • Proven ability to manage and deliver a demanding workload
  • Management of finance staff
  • Senior management experience at both an operational and a strategic level
  • Local Authority exposure and experience
  • Experience of board level participation and membership
  • Successful delivery of VFM and performance improvements
  • Successful delivery of a governance and a control framework in support of performance improvements


  • Experience in a local authority or private sector financial environment with experience producing the Accounts, as appropriate
  • Strong post qualification experience
  • Political awareness
  • Change management awareness

For more information on this role, please contact Toni Dunkley on 02085149146 or email