Working at the council | Finance
“It’s a finance role where you get to see the results of your efforts. Actually, seeing the changes across the City that you’re helping.”
Colin Sharpe, Deputy Director of Finance
With the unique challenges of working in the public sector, joining our Finance department will give you exposure to a wide range of issues that you simply wouldn’t find anywhere else. As the financial demands continue to grow, you’ll find it’s never business as usual. You could be helping us to look for innovative ways to secure investment to fund development schemes and develop partnerships with the private sector.
You may work to ensure that we continue to support vital services such as adult and children’s social care effectively. Or you might join the team offering face-to-face financial support and advice to the most vulnerable people in the city. Whatever part of the Finance department you join, you’ll have access to some of the most senior people in the council from day one. And you’ll be helping to ensure that the council continues to have the means to give the people of Leicester the best quality of life.
Typical roles in Finance
Whether you’re a qualified accountant or a new graduate, you’ll find a huge variety of opportunities and challenges in our core accounting team. With a huge team supporting adult and children’s social services, as well as teams involved with general accounts, audit, accounting systems, administration and support, it’s your chance to experience the full range of accountancy work.
Our Service Centre is the ideal place to launch your career in finance. Join us as an apprentice and you’ll soon start to learn the ins and outs of handling payments. You’ll be dealing with customers and paying invoices for every area of the council, so you’ll soon learn about the different departments and services we offer. With opportunities and support to study for further qualifications, from here you can take your career in lots of different directions.
Revenues and Customer Support
We’re the contact centre that supports people who have questions about council tax, business rates and benefits. Join us and you’ll be the face of the council, dealing with customers on the phone and face-to-face and helping them out by thinking on your feet to solve their problems. It can be incredibly challenging, as you’re often dealing with people who are upset or angry. But it can be equally rewarding too, when you’ve helped someone get the vital payments they need.
Focus on ... Graduate Internships
Join our core accounting team as a graduate and you’ll be exposed to a full range of accounting work. You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience of a wide variety of different projects - everything from producing statements of accounts, treasury management and investments, to systems accounting, audit and external placements. What’s more, we’ll even guarantee you a role as a Trainee Accountant after you complete your degree.
Meet some of the team
Graduate Project Officer
Working for the council has been very exciting, there’s never been a day where work feels boring or repetitive. Things are always changing and the diversity of projects has really given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons. There are also many opportunities to progress. I took advantage of the hands-on training and step-by-step progression plan. I’ve also been working on new projects independently. This invaluable experience has allowed me to showcase my skills and explore different career paths.
Graduate Project Officer
I wanted the opportunity to help shape and grow my local community. Here, I’ve been supported to develop through online courses and with in-house training. There is always a diversity of projects to work on so I’m always learning new things and growing. It’s also a very positive and friendly working environment that has allowed me to grow. Working flexi hours gives me more freedom and there are lots of opportunities to showcase my skills and progress in my career.
I thoroughly enjoy working here and wouldn't want to work anywhere else. At the moment, I’m studying for the CIPFA qualification and I’ve been able to experience different placements in the finance department as part of my learning and development. It’s this level of development and support that keeps me here.
Income Collection Manager
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to pursue a career whilst having a family. My son attended the council’s Workplace Nursery for many years. When he started school, the Flexible Working scheme allowed me to take him to school before coming to work and later, my Manager agreed for me to work on a term time only basis.
Revenues and Benefits Manager
I really enjoy working at the council and have a very good relationship with colleagues at all different levels. I enjoy the daily challenge of my role, because I can help make changes. It’s a challenging and rewarding job, when you’re helping to stop someone from becoming homeless. And it’s a good feeling to know you’ve helped a family.
Corporate Payments Team Leader
I joined the council as a clerical assistant in 1999. Now, I manage and support a team providing payments to domiciliary care suppliers, residential care providers and service users. It’s fast paced, with strict deadlines, but I get job satisfaction from knowing that our payments help people with their daily care needs and enable them to live a better life.
Revenue and Benefits Team Leader
Why do I enjoy working here? It’s definitely a combination of the people, the environment and the variety of the work. I certainly never get bored. I love my team and, even though we’re often dealing with difficult or complicated situations, we assist each other and get great satisfaction out of really helping a customer.
Current finance vacancies
Here are just some of the vacancies that we currently have in finance. Simply, click on the job title to find out more.
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We're always pleased to hear from talented people, so if you have any questions about the opportunities that we have available, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or indeed during the application process), please don't hesitate to get in touch.