Finance opportunities

Our finance team are recruiting credible and commercially-minded accountancy professionals to join our organisation. We have Senior Accountant and Accountant opportunities available.

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  • "Join a great team and help to shape the future of the Council"

The finance team provides financial advice and support across the council, as well as to other partner organisations including Selby District Council, Ryedale District Council, North York Moors National Parks Authority and the companies of which we are a shareholder.

Compared to more traditional accountancy roles, these positions will give you the opportunity to be an enabler to managers, whilst influencing and challenging as appropriate. You will be an ambassador for customer self-help as you support budget managers to monitor and manage their own budgets through maximising technology and delivering efficient services that add value.

You will support a wide variety of front-line services, including children, adults, business, social care, highways and IT. We also provide services to schools and early years providers, as well as external customers, including the North Yorkshire Pension Fund and an increasing number of commercial companies. 

You may have experience in any of the above fields in accountancy and have a broad skills base. We are also interested in people with specific skills relating to:

  • Providing a business partnering role and budget management support;
  • Commercial finance, including cost accounting, pricing, financial modelling, preparation of commercial management accounts and margin analysis;
  • Finance support to projects, including transformation and change projects;
  • Preparation of public and private sector accounts; and
  • Schools’ and early years’ funding process and managing the financial governance arrangements for local authority maintained schools.

The roles available

Posts: Senior Accountant
Salary: £38,813 to £46,503 p.a.
Contract: Full time
Location: Northallerton

Due to the continued growth of the service, we have several Senior Accountant vacancies available to manage teams within the service. As Senior Accountant, you will undertake a lead role in the finances of the relevant area of the authority, as well as leading and managing the day to day operations of the team. The role will require you to work closely with other services across the council, including senior management and possibly members and also other teams within the finance service.

In addition to specialist responsibilities, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the operation and development of the wider finance team, as well as having staff management responsibilities.

About you

You are a proactive individual with strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to lead, enthuse, motivate, inform and develop a small team of finance professionals. You'll also be able to work effectively with senior managers across a broad range of service areas. 

You are proficient, professional and confident, together with an inclusive and helpful approach. You are able to take ownership of a number of key areas within the finance team, ensuring high levels of service is maintained.

“Working for the finance team at North Yorkshire County Council presents exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects, which strive to achieve positive outcomes for the local community and surrounding areas. The team are all extremely supportive of each other and working practices allow me to achieve a good work-life balance.”
Abby - Senior Accountant

Key dates

Closing date: Wednesday 13 November 2019

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Post: Accountant
Salary: £34,788 to £38,813 p.a.
Contract: Full time
Location: Northallerton

As an Accountant with us, you will play a key role in the delivery of the finance function of the council. Due to the continued growth of the service, we have a number of different positions available, all of which will focus on specific aspects of the overall finance delivery covering tasks such as commercial finance, business partnering support to budget managers and transformation projects and technical financial reporting.

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 operational managers and project teams, the role requires a self-starter who is comfortable operating with light touch supervision. 

About you

You must be able to manage your own performance to meet objectives and provide an excellent customer focused service, potentially in a political environment. 

The ability to work flexibly and proactively to your own initiative, to pay attention to detail and understand and interpret information is essential, as are good interpersonal, Excel and technical skills.

"The role is challenging but incredibly rewarding and meaningful. You will join a great team and will help to shape the future of the Council.”
Tara - Senior Accountant

Key dates

Closing date: Wednesday 13 November 2019

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How to apply

These roles are open to a range of people from a variety of backgrounds and will present an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to progress their career, return to finance, or seeking a new opportunity.

Key dates

Closing date: Wednesday 13 November 2019

Contact us

For further information or a discussion about these opportunities, please contact Vicki Dixon, Head of Finance - Business Partner Services on 01609 532206 or email

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What we can offer you

A recent Local Government Association peer challenge found that North Yorkshire County Council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce, who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression, allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. 

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including flexible working hours, a local government pension scheme, family friendly leave, salary sacrifice, learning and development packages, employee discount benefits, opportunities for career progression working across a diverse client base and access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.

This role will be based at County Hall in Northallerton, as a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, which will include working from other bases across the county as well as working from home.

You can find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer here.