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The role

About Southwark:

Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a Council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do.

The role:

This is a big role, supporting a service which is making important changes in a highly pressurised environment. You’ll support services which work with some of our most vulnerable residents, so you must be a confident finance professional with a collaborative, open working style. At a time of reducing budgets, you will work with service directors and their teams  to make the best possible impact with the resources we have. Your performance will help us deliver an outstanding service to the residents and communities of Southwark.

About you:

We’re looking for someone who is setting their sights high. We want only the best for Southwark and we are seeking a qualified accountant with a strong background in finance, preferably in a social care environment. You will have an excellent track record of achievement. You need to be a strong collaborator with experience of working with colleagues and partners to make a strategic contribution. You should be able to evidence your ability to gain the trust and support of leading Councillors, Strategic Directors and senior managers.

You will have passion, drive and a strong commitment to public service and local democracy combined with a clear vision about how services and the supporting finance functions should develop over the next decade, and able to introduce smarter, leaner ways of working.

Additional information:

This post attracts an additional JNC benefits package to the value of £3,503 per annum (pro-rata, April-March).

For an informal, confidential discussion about the job opportunity, please contact Ian Young at


Recruitment timetable:

Closing date: Sunday 5th June 2022 at 23:59

Interview date: week commencing 20th June 2022

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.