3 years FTC commencing ASAP
A sub-tropical island of spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the South Atlantic with a warm and friendly population of 4,000, St Helena is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK, poised for transformation with the imminent construction of an airport.
St Helena Government offers this opportunity for a CCAB qualified accountant with proven external audit and management skills within Central or Local Government, to lead the Saint Helena Audit Service. This is a unique opportunity as the Service prepares to audit for the first time the consolidated financial statements of St Helena Government. As part of a significant change programme, SHG has moved from cash to accruals accounting within the last 18 months, requiring you to audit the first comprehensive valuation of the government’s non cash assets and liabilities.
With eight staff and a budget of approximately £100,000 per annum, this role is equivalent to the post of Auditor General and also has responsibility for the audit of other financial statements and for conducting a programme of VFM audits covering government expenditure. Key advisor to the Public Accounts Committee, you will play a pivotal role in formal sessions.
As a CCAB qualified accountant with significant post qualifying experience, you will ideally have worked under the Audit Commission regime in the UK and will have led audits covering a wide range of different issues. Experienced in building relationships with senior officials and members, you will have managed change, delivered efficiencies and improved Good Governance. Enthusiastic, self-motivated and results driven, you will be highly adaptable and capable of applying your technical knowledge and experience to unfamiliar operations and activities. Adaptable and flexible in response to changing circumstances, you should have proven people management, mentoring and training talents. You must be proficient in the execution of financial and value for money auditing and have excellent communication, numerical and analytical skills, able to communicate complex technical and financial issues to non-specialists. You should be familiar with issues raised by transition from cash to accruals accounting.
We offer an extensive benefits package with 30 days leave pa and which may include a contributory pension plus generous income tax-free allowances for relocation, rent and utilities.
An application form can be found at www.sthelenacareers.com where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 170 8705 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications by 30 December 2012 please.
Interviews will be held in London.