Assistant Director – Finance

As Assistant Director, Finance you will play a vital role in ensuring that the council’s financial strategy enables the delivery of the corporate strategy. You will drive financial transformation and support the implementation of our new operating model across the council. This is a great opportunity to work closely with a very experienced S151 Officer, our Director of Resources and Housing, to develop your career to the next level.

Our new corporate strategy places significant emphasis on financial sustainability. In this critical role, you will take forward our financial plan, supporting the development of financially resilient services and higher reserve levels. As our Deputy Section 151 Officer, you will lead and manage the finance and procurement teams as well as our successful shared revenues partnership with Babergh & Mid Suffolk Councils.

This broad, challenging role will provide you with exposure to all aspects of a local authority finance function. This includes budgetary control, financial reporting, management accounting, treasury management, income collection and exploiting the functionality in our corporate finance ICT system. Each service area has an assigned Business Support Accountant, who works with the Head of Service on all financial matters.

This is a pro-active, front foot role where you will be working collaboratively to provide financial advice, challenge and support. The breadth of responsibility and the high profile nature of our ambition and transformation will position you ideally to propel your career quickly to Chief Financial Officer level, working with an experienced and highly supportive Director.

As well as a good salary, we offer a career average pension scheme, generous holiday and sick pay entitlements, subsidised parking, public transport discounts, free swimming, cycle purchase scheme, plenty of personal and professional development opportunities, flexible working, hybrid working opportunities, Employee Assistance Programme and the opportunity to work with great colleagues.

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification to find out more about this role: Job Description and Person Specification

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to interview candidates who meet the essential criteria prior to the closing date and / or to close the opportunity to applicants once we receive sufficient applications.


£83,000 – £87,000

Application closing date

21st January 2024

Job type

37 hours per week



Ipswich Borough Council

Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road

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  • 01473 432000