BOROUGH COUNCIL OF WELLINGBOROUGH
SERVICE : Finance POST NO :
POST TITLE : Head of Finance GRADE :
SUMMARY STATEMENT :
To provide leadership and management for financial services, translating corporate objectives and
priorities into operational goals.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS :
Responsible to: Director
Responsible for: Employees in service
Internal: All Officers within the Authority and Elected Members.
External: Customers and partners in the public and private sector.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES :
This is a politically restricted post.
The postholder will be available to deliver the Council’s emergency plan as and when required to do so.
The postholder will attend, as necessary, meetings of the Council and its Committees, and
meetings in the community outside of normal working hours.
To support the Section 151 Officer, as deputy, in the performance of maintaining a finance
function, policies and financial controls that meet the needs of the Authority and the highest
DETAILS OF MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Responsible for the leadership and management of the following services: Accountancy,
Finance, Procurement, Contract Governance, Payroll, Audit, Revenues and Benefits.
2. Ensure that the team works in partnership with its clients to provide an excellent and prompt
service whilst upholding strong financial stewardship.
3. Enable managers to align available resources to priorities and manage their budgets effectively,
providing them with financial information, guidance and advice.
4. Lead the development, enhancement and implementation, in consultation with the Corporate
Director and Management Team, of the strategic direction of the function.
5. Through personal example, commitment and action, provide visible and positive leadership and
6. Promote clear understanding of the Council’s vision and priorities, and the part that employees
play in achieving them via the performance management systems in operation.
7. Represent the Council on internal and external groups, promoting the Council’s vision and
priorities whenever the opportunity arises, as well as providing corporate identity.
8. Seek out flexible and creative solutions to meet the Council’s vision and priorities.
9. Consistently implement Human Resources policies in respect of all employees in the service,
delegating recruitment, development and target setting to others in the team as outlined in
individual job descriptions.
10. Adhere to corporate policies and procedures, creating or revising following changes in strategy,
legislation, case law and best practice.
11. Delegate tasks and responsibilities to maximize and develop skills, with clear targets and
12. Support strong, direct and effective two-way communication within the Council, including regular
team meetings and one-to-ones with team members.
13. Be responsible for creating, reviewing and updating service plans, including workforce
14. Invest time in developing an understanding of the changing wants and needs of external and
internal customers, Members, service employees and partners, reflecting this in future redesign
and planning of services.
15. Communicate effective information, support and guidance to Members, customers and partners,
as well as service achievements, limitations and constraints. Liaise with the Communications
team and Content Editors for the website/intranet to ensure that the Council’s achievements are
known and understood.
16. Provide professional advice and support to corporate management as required.
17. Contribute to the Council’s drive to deliver continuous improvement by setting appropriate targets
and standards, providing timely and direct intervention to sustain high standards. Work
collaboratively within the team and across the Authority to achieve the Council’s objectives.
18. Ensure the existence of fit for purpose performance indicators produced consistently, accurately
and in a timely manner.
19. Be accountable for the management of service budgets ensuring that Financial Regulations are
adhered to and that outturn is balanced in line with the original/revised budget.
20. Respond positively and promptly to all agreed audit recommendations.
21. Use and develop the Council’s performance management systems to ensure that employees,
contractors and others engaged in service delivery meet targets based on the Council’s priorities
22. Harness the strengths and talents of individuals, providing a positive environment for them to
develop whilst addressing and managing performance issues in accordance with Council policy
and Investors in People principles.
23. Initiate, prepare and gain approval for committee reports and other corporate documentation
within agreed timescales.
24. Ensure suitable arrangements are established, with clear lines of delegated roles and
responsibility, for the effective management of health and safety, and compliance with the
Corporate Health and Safety Policy .
25. Ensure compliance with the Council’s duties in respect of equalities, data protection, freedom of
information, and other relevant statute.
26. Review services and procedures to ensure that they conform to statute, financial regulations,
standing orders, value for money and best practice; ensure that all procedures are documented
and up to date.
27. Identify and manage risk effectively. Design, develop, implement, test and review business
continuity plans to ensure the continued efficient and effective running of the service in the event
of a temporary loss of resources (e.g. people, premises, paper based systems, information
28. Lead on, or participate in, projects identified by the Director using the Council’s project
management framework, as appropriate.
29. Act as Section 151 Officer in the absence of the Section 151 Officer, taking the management
lead on such tasks, as directed, as the closure and production of the Statement of Accounts and
related audit, budget monitoring and development of the capital programme.
30. Provide the highest level of professional advice, via financial comments, on the Member and
officer decision. Delegate this task, as appropriate to other members of the Finance team, whilst
maintaining and oversight and support to ensure that the level of quality remains high.
31. Review and maintain the Council’s Financial and Procurement rules and procedures, to ensure
they enable the effective running of the Authority. Balance financial stewardship with CIPFA
guidance alongside the need to make prompt and sound management decisions.
32. Responsible for the maintenance, review and development/improvement of effective financial
systems and processes, in line with best practice, including: financial ledger; procurement; asset
management; budget monitoring, controls and report setting. Ensure that monthly revenue and
capital monitoring reports are produced promptly and to the highest level of completeness and
33. Provide regular learning and development to budget holders, so that they are equipped to
understand and manage the budgets for which they are responsible. Provide development to
Members on issues such as Treasury Management.
34. Set out guidance and procedures for the annual revenue and capital setting process, focused on
delivery of efficiencies and sensitivity reviews around options, assumptions and demand.
35. Produce reports for Members on Medium Term Financial Plan, Annual Treasury Management
Report, Annual Council Tax setting and budget monitoring.
36. Oversee the preparation and provision of statutory returns in line with statutory requirements.
37. Liaise with external and internal audit, ensuring the co-ordination and facilitation of the
operational audit arrangements of the Finance function procedures and systems.
38. Maximise external funding for capital and revenue schemes to deliver Council priorities by
identifying potential funding streams, supporting the bid process and managing the Council’s
The post holder may from time to time be required to carry out other duties provided they are within the
general level of responsibility of the post and within the abilities of the post holder.
The job description is not a definitive list of tasks. It is designed to give an overall view of the job it is not
an indicator of the sole requirements of the work required. It is expected that you will use initiative and
develop your own style to achieve the overall purpose. The precise service responsibilities may change
from time to time in line with the organisational requirements of the Council. Reasonable adjustments
will be made to working arrangements to accommodate a person with a disability who would otherwise
be prevented from undertaking the work.
COMPLETED BY POST HOLDER (NAME) : DATE :
AGREED BY IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR : DATE :
DIRECTOR : DATE :