Team Reading: Shaping one great place.

Current roles

Director of Finance
£106,518 - £120,392

This is a new role within the Council, reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive*, taking on the role of S151 Officer and becoming the strategic and operational lead in shaping a high-performing finance function.The role’s portfolio includes:

  • Financial Services
  • Revenue and Benefits
  • Internal Audit
  • Fraud and Investigation

This an opportunity to play an influential role in the organisation – where your personal contribution will make a real difference. We’re implementing new ways of working, some of which will be focused on systems and processes. But it’s also about cultural change: encouraging people to think and act differently and redefining the role that finance plays within the council. We want you to lead an enabling finance function, that supports, advises and adds value to service leaders – offering expert intervention that enhances organisational capacity and expertise.

It’s important that you can bring both the technical expertise and the leadership abilities to achieve this. You’ll have a clear sense of what good finance and budget management looks like, and be able to instil a clarity of expectation and purpose in others. You’ll excel in developing others – confident in pointing out when things aren’t right and committed to supporting professional development that galvanises and encourages your team.

It’s essential that you are a qualified accountant, and we expect that your career history demonstrates how you have successfully implemented and embedded change in previous roles. We’re keen to hear from people who understand how to sustain progress and improvement – recognising the ongoing need for engagement with colleagues and evaluation of impact.

You’ll be part of a senior team that is consistent and committed in its approach to financial accountability. It’s this consistency that has enabled us to achieve a lot in a short time. You’ll take it to the next level.

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*Deputy Chief Executive designation subject to confirmation by the Council