Carshalton, Greater London
£52,023.4 - £64,346.6 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Cognus are seeking to appoint an experienced and innovative Principal Accountant to join the Strategic Leadership Team and to lead and manage an effective finance service for the Company.   Reporting jointly to the Managing Director of Cognus and the Assistant Director of finance at the London Borough of Sutton (company shareholder) this role will provide professional Finance and accountancy advice and support to the Managing Director to safeguard the Company’s financial standing and to support delivery of excellent outcomes for customers.

We are looking for a fully qualified Accountant with proven experience of producing or being responsible for the production of accurate statutory financial statements with previous work experience as a senior Financial Accountant or similar role. Knowledge of Local Government Finance along with the experience of financial software and reporting packages such as Xero, Agresso, Approval Max is desirable.   As the lead on the financial accounting for the Company, the postholder will be expected to ensure that the Company’s accounts are compliant with best practice, relevant legislation and codes of practice and lead and manage the finance team undertaking all financial activities for the Company including strategic, operational and transactional finance tasks.  The postholder will also lead on the preparation of the annual budget, Medium-Term Financial Plan and presentation of budget to the Board, Cognus Finance Committee and other forums as required and must be confident in dealing with the Board and advising non-financial managers in identifying and implementing savings, value for money improvements and cost mitigation activities.


Cognus is at a very exciting moment in its evolution and growth. We are looking for a professional and experienced individual who is passionate about the inclusion of children and young people in education and society. An individual that enjoys a varied workload, is organised, has great communication skills and has a good understanding of duties in relation to the areas of responsibility detailed in the job description and is committed to delivering with excellence.


You will give us great commitment and in return we offer an excellent package including:


  • Regular support and supervision
  • An excellent group of leaders as colleagues
  • Excellent CPD opportunities
  • Flexible working including home working
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • Salary - Band 5 £52023.40 to £64346.68 (cost of living increase to be applied from 1st April 2021)
  • 28 days annual leave pro rata (inclusive of three days between Xmas & New Year) increasing to 30 days with length of service
  • Perkbox and Sovereign Healthcare cashback plans
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

If you are interested and would like to be considered for this role, please apply with a CV and covering note (of no more than two sides, minimum font size 11) outlining your suitability. The deadline for receipt is midnight on Wednesday 10th February 2021. Candidates are requested to be available via on-line interview week commencing 15th February 2021.  If you would like more information about this role before applying please email Rebecca Mcgeachy (contact details via our website) to arrange a brief chat about the role.

All offers of employment are subject to successful completion of recruitment formalities which includes an enhanced DBS check. These checks must have been completed prior to commencement of employment. We expect our staff to have due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to follow the child protection procedures adopted by the Company and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Posted on: 21 January 2021
Closed date: 10 February 2021
Tags: Finance

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