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External Reporting Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you AAT qualified, with a minimum of 2 years experience in a financial role and looking to commence or further your career with Staffordshire County Council?

If so, you are encouraged to consider the role of External Reporting Officer, a key role within our dynamic and motivated Corporate Finance team, to assist with producing statutory accounts, grant claims and statutory submissions for the County Council, across all services but with a particular focus on schools.

Working closely with schools, partners and colleagues across the County Council, you will help the Corporate Finance team to ensure statutory returns are submitted on time and that financial resources are managed appropriately. Experience of the financial principles relating to schools together with data manipulation and analysis would be helpful, and the successful applicant will need to be conscientious with a good eye for detail.

You will have an office base in Stafford, and we currently operate hybrid working, so there is flexibility for you to work from home, subject to service requirements.

Main Responsibility


  • Work with internal/ external partner stakeholders
  • Support the process of maintained schools’ conversions to academy status
  • Lead on the monitoring of education grants and submission of statutory returns to government departments
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the overall aims and objectives of Corporate Finance 

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is AAT qualified or has equivalent experience
  • Has a minimum of two years’ experience working in a financial role
  • Has knowledge of local government finance, preferably with experience of education funding
  • Is able to manipulate, analyse and interpret financial data
  • Is an excellent team player and can demonstrate an ability to prioritise workloads to meet deadlines

For an informal chat about the role please contact Elizabeth Hutchieson on 01785 276065. 

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

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