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Senior Accounting Technician

North Yorkshire County Council
North Yorkshire
Closing date
5 Dec 2021

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Corporate Services, Finance
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Are you an AAT Qualified finance professional looking for a new opportunity to develop your professional accountancy career?

We are going through major change in North Yorkshire as we prepare for a new single council to run all district and county council services from April 2023 and the Finance team is at the heart of this change.

We are looking for talented individuals to support us and our clients through this change and beyond ensuring high quality financial management services shape the new Council and continue to provide valued support to our customers into the future.

Our Team

Our Finance Team provides financial support and advice to internal customers within North Yorkshire County Council, provides services to Schools and Early Years Providers, as well as external customers including the North Yorkshire Pension Fund, Selby District Council, Ryedale District Council and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Service. Services are also provided to the Council’s traded services including North Yorkshire Education Service and the Council’s wholly owned companies operating within the Brierley Group.

The role

As a Senior Accounting Technician, you will play a key role in the delivery of the Finance function of the Council, focusing on specific aspects of our services. Our team supports a range of clients and although our roles are generic and subject to rotation, the current vacancy is in the schools and early years team supporting the local authority schools and early years finance function, including the delivery of business support to early years providers.

You will be responsible for providing high quality financial information, advice and support. Technically sound, you will have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of projects as well as playing a key role in the reporting, budgeting, forecasting and closedown processes. Based in finance but working closely with internal or external clients, operational managers and project teams, the role requires a self-starter who is comfortable operating with light touch supervision.

What you will bring

To be successful you will be a qualified (level 4) accounting technician of the Association of Accounting Technicians or equivalent body with evidence of continuing professional development beyond attaining membership, or hold the Diploma level of the CIPFA professional qualification. You will have significant experience of operating financial systems and processes and have the skills to determine their deployment in your area of lead specialism. You will be organised and have excellent communication skills both written and verbal, as well as being a team player providing proactive collaborating with and supporting your work colleagues and demonstrating a high level of customer focus. You will have experience of leading on moderately complex business cases and modelling exercises, including the development of conclusions and recommendations.

Working for us

In return, we can offer you opportunity to develop your skills and experience, and progress your career whilst making a real difference to the work of our diverse range of clients.

We want you to work to live, not live to work, we want you to enjoy the things in life that really matter to you and this is important to us. We can offer you a varied and rewarding career and a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, flexible working hours, a government pension scheme, a salary sacrifice scheme to support career development and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package which includes a variety of retail discounts. You will have the flexibility to work from home, visiting office and client premises as business needs require.

Whilst you as a candidate are applying for a vacancy with an individual District, Borough or the County Council, if you are successfully appointed, you will become an employee of your council only up to March 2023. From April 2023 their employment contract will migrate to a newly formed unitary Council.

Contact and apply

For an informal discussion about the senior accounting technician role, please contact: Sally Dunn, Head of Finance (Schools, Early Years & High Needs) email: or Tara Morris, Senior Accountant (Schools & Early Years) e-mail:

Key dates:

Closing date: Sunday 5th December

Interviews: week commencing 12th December


The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The County Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

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0845 872 7374
County Hall
North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
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