General Info

Council: Keynsham Town Council

County: North Somerset

Salary: NJC SCP 31 - 32 from £35,336 – £36,371 plus Local Government Pension Scheme Membership

Closing date: 25/03/2022

Responsible Financial Officer

Applications must be returned by 25/03/2022

Salary: NJC SCP 31 – 32 from £35,336 – £36,371 plus Local Government Pension Scheme Membership, salary depending on qualifications and experience.

Hours: Full Time / 37 hours per week

Keynsham Town Council has a vacancy for an enthusiastic and motivated Responsible Financial Officer. This is a challenging but rewarding role managing the Council’s financial and accounting processes, and annual audit.

Keynsham Town Council, a historic Market Town, is a unique town between Bath and Bristol on the A4 Corridor. The Town Council is well placed to unite and coordinate the actions of all stakeholders, be they local authorities, businesses or residents. The Town Clerk would be expected to take a lead on building and maintaining good working relationships with all these organisations in the best interests of the town.

Keynsham has a population of around 18,000. The Town Council’s budgeted annual expenditure is around £957K and is responsible for the seven play areas, Manor Road playing fields and Pavilion, Bandstand and performances, a Youth Service, the town’s Cemetery/Chapel and various events throughout the year including the town’s Remembrance Parade and Winter Festival/Christmas light switch on.

Keynsham Town Council are looking for an applicant with proven success of working in a financial role, ideally within a Local Council, including budgetary control, managing income and expenditure, banking, VAT and accounts. You will work from the Town Council as well as remotely (when required/agreed) and there will be occasional attendance at evening meetings. You will take full responsibility for the Council’s monthly Finance Committee meeting.

Reporting to the Town Clerk, you will have a strong team ethic and a positive, can-do approach. You will be a good communicator, and competent with IT programmes. With strong numeracy skills and excellent attention to detail you will be expected to work accurately within a regulated financial framework. Honesty and integrity are essential qualities for the successful candidate, as the ability to self-manage.

Reporting to The Town Clerk, the RFO will be supported by a strong team consisting of Deputy Town Clerk, Assistant Town Clerk, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor and Grounds Maintenance Team, Business and Community Engagement Officer, Youth Work Team and administrative/financial support assistant(s).

The successful candidate would be expected to hold AAT Level 2/3 or equivalent and willingness to study for CIPFA qualification, if you do not have this qualification.

For further information and an information pack, please contact Dawn Drury, Acting Town Clerk town@keynsham-tc.gov.uk or by phoning for an informal chat (after 4.30pm, Mon to Fri) on 07399 612317

Application is by application form with covering letter.

Closing date: Friday 25 March 2022.

We value equality. We welcome applications from anyone who meets our person specification.