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Council HQ John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington, EH41 3HA
£42,703 - £47,685 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Vacancy Information

Hourly Rate of Pay: £23.04 - £26.13

Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday, 09:00-17:00
Days of work are negotiable, starting and finishing times are flexible, and flexi time is applicable.
To start asap.

East Lothian is seeking a qualified accountant to join the team. The post will be based in Service Accounting and will support the financial management of a range of council services including budget development, budget monitoring and supporting services through transformation and change.

As a smaller council there are increased opportunities for successful applicants to work across a wider remit and to develop your skills and experience.

These are critical permanent posts within that new structure. There will be opportunities for the successful applicant to help shape the future direction of the team and this is an exciting time to join.

The council offers flexible working, including working from home and flexi time, generous annual leave entitlement and a career average earnings pension scheme.

If you wish to discuss the post further please email your details to for the attention of the Service Manager (Service Accounting).

Home Working Consideration
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

This position is being re-advertised, previous unsuccessful candidates need to re-apply.

Job Details

As a key member of the wider Finance Team, the Finance Business Partner will be expected to:

Actively contribute to the development of the Council’s annual strategic budget setting process.

To develop and prepare directorate service budgets aligned to the approved annual strategic budget.

Take a lead role in supporting the successful delivery of the Council’s statutory financial accounts and other key statutory returns.

Work collaboratively with Service Managers and Heads of Service to manage their resources effectively and as efficiently as possible, providing appropriate financial advice and guidance to support service delivery and facilitate any future transformational change agenda.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Qualified accountant with membership of a CCAB (CIPFA/ACCA/CIMA/ICAS) professional accounting body, combined with substantial experience in a financial environment.

The preferred candidate for this position will be subject to a Standard Disclosure Check carried out by Disclosure Scotland prior to a formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note:
If a Disclosure check is required and you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will also be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail). All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form. Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form.

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