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  • Ref no: WEL04233
  • Published: 15/5/2020
  • Closes: 31/5/2020
  • Location: West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF
  • Salary: £31,008.00 - £35,382.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week


The closing date for this post is provisionally set at 31 May 2020.  West Lothian Council reserve the right to close this post early depending on applicant response levels

Finance and Property Services plays a key role within the council including the delivery of frontline services to the public in West Lothian.  As part of Finance and Property Services, the council’s Financial Management Unit (FMU) is recognised as a high performing unit with a key role in ensuring the council makes the most effective use of resources to support delivery of services to customers

Key aspects of the Assistant Accountant role include management accounting, development of financial strategy, option appraisal and providing financial advice. You will work closely with Service managers to help them manage their budget effectively, to produce accurate forecast information and to deliver agreed savings outlined in West Lothian Council’s Transforming Your Council Strategy.

This interesting and challenging post requires a sound level of accounting knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively with finance colleagues and a wide range of staff throughout the council and in external organisations.  The role will include opportunities to contribute proactively to cross cutting initiatives both within the Financial Management Unit and across the council. 

As part of a highly motivated team you should have the ability to operate successfully in a dynamic working environment, with a proactive attitude and approach. 

You will have an HNC in Accounting or related subject, membership of ATT or part qualified accountancy qualification (CCAC or CIMA), with a knowledge of local government finance, however experience of working in a finance capacity in the public sector is not essential.

While this is not a trainee roll, consideration would also be given to support the successful candidate with further professional training

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