Scheme Accountant

Civil Service
Basingstoke, Hampshire
£48,480 - £60,484
02 Oct 2017
22 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

About the role

The role will involve producing accurate and timely financial accounting information to meet statutory, legal and government accounting requirements.

You will work closely with National Audit Office (NAO) the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) and the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) and may be required to attend and present at the Cabinet Office Audit and Risk Committee in relation to the Accounts and Estimates.

You will require good stewardship of public funds and the ability to make effective and efficient decisions for budgeting purposes.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the role include:

• Being the first point of contact on technical accounting or budgeting issues.
• Leading on the production of the Civil Service Pension Schemes (CSPS) account within the timelines set by HM Treasury.
• Leading on the production of the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme (RMSPS) account within the timelines set by HM Treasury.
• Production of the Main and Supplementary Estimates for the CSPS and RMSPS.
• Producing returns to the Office of Budgetary Responsibility.
• Preparation and management of a robust year end timetable for both schemes.
• Being the main point of contact on audit queries.
• Leading the relationship with the NAO and GAD.

The following skills and experience are essential for this role:

• Technical financial skills and understanding of how to apply these skills to the Schemes.
• Excellent organisational and project management skills – most notably in terms of ensuring that the individual work streams deliver results in a timely and professional fashion.
• Strong stakeholder management and working collaboratively across the wider finance team and pensions department.
• Ability to engage and communicate with senior management and build strong working relationships with NAO, GIAA and other external stakeholders.
• Strong communication skills, both written and oral, to ensure key messages are able to be given to both finance and non-finance staff, and to be able to write concisely and persuasively to provide options and information for decision making at all levels.
• Government finance practices and processes – in particular the Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates and production/publication process of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts.

The following criteria are essential for the role:

• Being a qualified (CCAB or equivalent) accountant
• Practical financial management experience at a senior level
• Significant experience of producing of Annual Accounts
• Significant experience or knowledge of preparing Estimates
• Managing senior stakeholders
• Experience of dealing with auditors


It is essential for this role that you are a qualified (CCAB or equivalent) accountant.

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