The Roles

We have a vision ‘Thriving communities for everyone in Oxfordshire’ (pdf format, 5Mb) – a place where people want to live and work and be part of something different.

To achieve our vision, we will:

  • Listen to our diverse residents so we can continuously improve our services and provide value for money.
  • Provide services that enhance the quality of life and take action to reduce the impact of climate change and protect the local environment.
  • Strive to give every child a good start in life and protect everyone from neglect.
  • Enable older and disabled people to live independently and care for those in greatest need.
  • Tackle inequality, and help people live safe and healthy lives, and enable everyone to play an active part in their community.
  • Support a thriving and inclusive local economy that recovers strongly from the COVID crisis.

We hope that you agree that thriving communities are a worthwhile ambition and that you will play an active part.

Finance refers to the functions that Oxfordshire County Council requires in order to maintain god stewardship over the public purse, manage finances to enable services, outcomes and performance, and enable transformation in today’s ever-changing environment.

This is a truly exciting time for Oxfordshire and the Finance team. As part of the Oxfordshire County Council Transformation Programme, a review and redesign of the Finance Function was undertaken during 2019. The attached document to the right of the page “Finance Review Overview” summarises the outcome of our review, detailing our customer offering and interaction model.

Please see below short role profiles, for the range of exciting positions we have available currently at O.C.C. You can also refer to the attached Job Description for each post.

A key competency of this post is to support the Assistant Finance Business Partner in providing strategic financial insight, analysis and commercial thinking to the nominated Directorate. This includes the validation of the budget & business planning, financial monitoring and final accounts processes.

The successful candidate will provide on-going support, advice and challenge, of the agreed high-risk budget areas to the cost centre, project and service managers

At times the post will also require this individual to deputise for the Assistant Finance Business Partner as appropriate, and to assist in providing support for major projects and contracts.

Management Accountant Job Description

The Senior Planning & Reporting Accountant (Corporate) will support the Head of Financial Strategy and will manage the Corporate Accountancy Team. The focus is to provide a comprehensive financial planning and reporting service for the Council.

This includes supporting the development and monitoring of the Financial, and the Capital & Investment, Strategies. The successful candidate will need to manage the performance framework, the annual budget planning process, and the updating of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan.

There will also be a requirement to undertake the production of timely and accurate financial monitoring and outturn reports, as you would expect.

Oxfordshire Finance Team is a great team to work for and they have clear values and behaviours that they work to. They are an integral part of the operations at Oxfordshire County Council, and pride themselves on their delivery, standards and customer service.

Senior Planning & Reporting Accountant Job Description

The Capital Programme Accountant will primarily work alongside the Corporate Accountant for Capital, to prepare the ten-year Capital Programme. This includes assessing the financial and funding implications of new schemes and changes to the programme.

With the Corporate Accountant for Capital, and in consultation with the Finance Business Partners and Service programme leads, the Capital Programme Accountant will build on existing processes to establish a comprehensive Capital Programme update & monitoring process. This will include reporting for the Chief Executives Direct Reports (CEDR) and Cabinet. 

The post has specific responsibility for monitoring and reporting on capital grant funding, and developer contributions. The successful incumbent will complete year end working papers and work with the Chief Accountant’s team, to respond to external audit queries.

Capital Programme Accountant Job Description

The key objectives of this role include supporting the Chief Accountant in maintaining the financial accounting system and producing accurate & timely statutory reporting on the council’s finances. This includes the annual Statement of Accounts.

The post requires the prescription of the core standards for financial accounting, in relation to capital accounting requirements, and to ensure leases are accounted for in accordance with legislative and professional requirements.

The successful candidate will also be experienced in the preparation, of the capital elements, of the Councils final accounts and the associated government returns. It would also require the supervision of the Assistant Financial Accountants in this process too.

Financial Accountant Job Description