View Vacancy -- Principal Accountant


The Role


We have a Principal Accountant role in the Chief Accountant’s Team at the London Borough of Haringey which we are recruiting to. This post is key to supporting the Chief Accountant and Deputy Chief Accountant in maintaining the integrity of the Council’s accounts and producing the Statement of Accounts each year.


This role is the lead on Chart of Accounts maintenance, revenue accounting, collection fund and group accounts. The Principal Accountant has a high degree of responsibility and autonomy for how they approach the workload in their areas: including the design and preparation of working papers and managing audit queries within their areas. The Principal Accountant works closely with the Chief Accountant and Deputy Chief Accountant to ensure that the Council’s financial reporting processes, procedures and policies are pragmatic, fit for purpose, up to date with best practice, and deliver maximum value to the Council.


This role is currently covered by an interim staff member, and we are keen to facilitate a robust handover process with the new permanent appointee. With this in mind, we plan for the current interim staff member to remain with the authority throughout the closure and audit of accounts for 2019/20.


The coverage and exposure to different areas of the Council’s financial reporting makes this role a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional individual who wants to further their career and has aspirations to be a future Head of Finance or Chief Accountant. The Council’s finance team is structured to allow for career progression, and we are deeply committed to the professional development of our staff. With all this in mind, we think this is an excellent opportunity, and would welcome your application.


For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Sahr Kamanda on 020 8489 5825 (, or Thomas Skeen on 020 8489 1341 (


About You


You will be a technical expert who enjoys, and has a flair for, financial accounting. You will be a natural problem solver, with excellent excel skills, and a desire to constantly strive for improvements in all areas of work. This role involves line managing and supervising other members of the Chief Accountant’s Team, so we are also looking for an individual who enjoys team building and helping more junior staff achieve their goals and develop their skills. Prospective applicants should be qualified or actively studying towards CCAB qualifications.


Closing Date: Monday 27th January 2020

Shortlisting Dates: Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st January 2020

Interview Dates: W/C 3rd February 2020


£44,607 - £47,511
Degree level or equivalent qualification or extensive relevant experience.
Membership of appropriate professional body by examination e.g. CIPFA, or other CCAB body; plus evidence of continuing professional development (CPD).
Refer to attached Job Description.
Full Time
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