Job title: Management Accountant Grade: PO 4/PO 5 Role code: EBC0312 Status: Police Staff Home Office code: Organisational Support
Main purpose of the role:
Provide financial expertise, information and support to senior managers, allocated budget holders and service users, including the provision of financial analysis and trend reporting, financial performance, future forecasting; check Officer and Staff pay budgets match against Force establishment to ensure that accurate and timely information is available to the force's senior managers for decision making purposes and to protect the Forces financial viability.
Provide financial expertise to senior managers, allocated budget holders, and service users in response to the business requirements to enable prompt management decisions, including analysis and trend reporting, financial performance and future forecasting.
Participate and contribute to strategic management development formulation of policy and business planning through the provision of advice and support in relation to resources, financial planning, reporting and control/audit issues, review and identify efficiency savings, develop innovative solutions to these issues ensuring statutory and financial regulations are complied with and accounting procedures are adhered to.
Support the Head of Finance, Chief Accountant and Chief Officers in financial planning, reporting, performance monitoring and identifying efficiency savings and undertaking financial and costing reviews as identified by Chief Officers and key stakeholders to formulate various options and to make recommendations on the most appropriate course of action.
Provide financial expertise in the management of investment funds, which includes the management of specialist operational accounts, carry out complex costing exercises to ensure that financial control procedures are in place and in order to provide clear and comprehensive financial guidance to the Force.
Plan, recommend and contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of financial management systems and effective resource usage ensuring compliance with Force Standards, audit requirements and financial control, including computerised financial management information databases, to serve both the current and future needs of the Force.
Manage and motivate staff, providing direction and leadership, participate in recruitment and selection, undertaking staff appraisals, addressing welfare, capability and discipline issues, advise on personal development, training and coaching, including quality assurance, assessment, allocation and throughput of work to enhance individual and team potential, in order to maximise performance and provide a professional and efficient service to the force.
Attend Strategic corporate meetings as part of main portfolio including, Policy Group meeting and project boards, assist with corporate ad hoc projects which support operational efficiency and effectiveness and contributes to the Force in achieving its strategic objectives and priorities
- March 2017
Management Vetting required.
The Management Accountant will be qualified to CCAB level or equivalent professional body, or qualified by relevant experience. (This post is a PO4/5 post, however the maximum grade for non-qualified CCAB for this post is PO4)
The post holder must be able to demonstrate a broad range of practical financial skills and knowledge, and experience of working in a financial environment.
The post holder must have practical experience and knowledge of financial accounting systems and have the ability to interrogate the financial information available from the system and provide appropriate support to system users and the capability to consider a range of possible options.
Management Report writing, presentation and proficient communication skills; both verbal and written are essential for this role. The ability to effectively communicate with non-Finance colleagues is essential to ensure that key financial information is clearly understood enabling appropriate management action to be taken. This will be combined with a practical common sense approach to problem solving, which will require strong analytical skills.
The successful candidate will require a high level of professional motivation and pro-activeness and will possess proficient management experience or have experience of working at a senior level. The post holder must be able to manage and motivate staff and possess the ability to deal with difficult and challenging situations.
They will also be expected to form part of an effective team which is essential. They will have the ability to prioritise and manage individual/s and personal workloads and have the competence to work under pressure and to deadlines.
The post holder will also be expected to maintain an awareness of legislation and developments in relation to Local Government Finance.
Advanced Excel and Word skills and the ability to use IT to manage and present information are essential.
Vetting clearance is a pre-requisite of employment in designated posts and the post holder will be subject to management vetting assessment every 7 years. National security vetting clearances are reviewed every 10 years.
Analyse Critically (Level 2)
I ensure that the best available evidence from a wide range of sources is taken into account when making decisions. I think about different perspectives and motivations when reviewing information and how this may influence key points. I ask incisive questions to test out facts and assumptions, questioning and challenging the information provided when necessary. I understand when to balance decisive action with due consideration.
I recognise patterns, themes and connections between several and diverse sources of information and the best available evidence. I identify when I need to take action on the basis of limited information and think about how to mitigate the risks in doing so. I challenge others to ensure that decisions are made in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.
Collaborative (Level 2)
I manage relationships and partnerships for the long term, sharing information and building trust to find the best solutions. I help create joined-up solutions across organisational and geographical boundaries, partner organisations and those the police serve. I understand the local partnership context, helping me to use a range of tailored steps to build support. I work with our partners to decide who is best placed to take the lead on initiatives. I try to anticipate our partners' needs and take action to address these. I do not make assumptions. I check that our partners are getting what they need from the police service. I build commitment from others (including the public) to work together to deliver agreed outcomes.
Deliver, Support and Inspire (Level 2)
I give clear direction and expectations, helping others to understand how their work operates in the wider context. I identify barriers that inhibit performance in my teams and take steps to resolve these, enabling others to perform. I lead the public and / or colleagues, where appropriate, during incidents or through the provision of advice and support. I ensure the efficient use of resources to create the most value and the right impact within my areas. I keep track of changes in the external environment, anticipating both the short and long term potential implications for the Police Service. I motivate and inspire others to achieve their best.
Emotionally Aware (Level 2)
I consider the perspectives of people from a wide range of backgrounds before taking action. I adapt my style and approach according to the needs of the people I am working with, using my own behaviour to achieve the best outcome. I promote a culture that values diversity and encourages challenge. I encourage reflective practice among others and take the time to support others to understand reactions and behaviours. I take responsibility for helping to ensuring the emotional well being of those in my teams. I take the responsibility to deal with any inappropriate behaviours.
Innovative and Open-minded (Level 2)
I explore a number of different sources of information and use a variety of tools when faced with a problem and look for good practice that is not always from policing. I am able to spot opportunities or threats which may influence how I go about my job in the future by using knowledge of trends, new thinking about policing and changing demographics in the population. I am flexible in my approach, changing my plans to make sure that I have the best impact. I encourage others to be creative and take appropriate risks. I share my explorations and understanding of the wider internal and external environment.
Take Ownership (Level 2)
I proactively create a culture of ownership within my areas of work and support others to display personal responsibility. I take responsibility for making improvements to policies, processes and procedures, actively encouraging others to contribute their ideas. I am accountable for the decisions my team make and the activities within our teams. I take personal responsibility for seeing events through to a satisfactory conclusion and for correcting any problems both promptly and openly. I actively encourage and support learning within my teams and colleagues.
I take into account individual needs and requirements in all of my actions. I understand that treating everyone fairly does not mean everyone is treated the same. I always give people an equal opportunity to express their views. I communicate with everyone, making sure the most relevant message is provided to all. I value everyone's views and opinions by actively listening to understand their perspective. I make fair and objective decisions using the best available evidence. I enable everyone to have equal access to services and information, where appropriate.
I always act in line with the values of the police service and the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the public. I demonstrate courage in doing the right thing, even in challenging situations. I enhance the reputation of my organisation and the wider police service through my actions and behaviours. I challenge colleagues whose behaviour, attitude and language falls below the public's and the service's expectations. I am open and responsive to challenge about my actions and words. I declare any conflicts of interest at the earliest opportunity. I am respectful of the authority and influence my position gives me. I use resources effectively and efficiently and not for personal benefit.
Public Service (Accredited)
I act in the interest of the public, first and foremost. I am motivated by serving the public, ensuring that I provide the best service possible at all times. I seek to understand the needs of others to act in their best interests. I adapt to address the needs and concerns of different communities. I tailor my communication to be appropriate and respectful to my audience. I take into consideration how others want to be treated when interacting with them. I treat people respectfully regardless of the circumstances. I share credit with everyone involved in delivering services.
I ensure that my decision-making rationale is clear and considered so that it is easily understood by others. I am clear and comprehensive when communicating with others. I am open and honest about my areas for development and I strive to improve. I give an accurate representation of my actions and records. I recognise the value of feedback and act on it. I give constructive and accurate feedback. I represent the opinions of others accurately and consistently. I am consistent and truthful in my communications. I maintain confidentiality appropriately.