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CIPFA-Penna are working in partnership with a local authority in the Midlands to appoint an interim Financial Services Manager for a period of 6 months.

The primary focus of the role will be to lead the council through year-end closure of accounts and the subsequent liaison with the Auditors. Additionally, it will involve the leadership and guidance of the council’s finance team, providing partnership and guidance to a wide audience of staff (including councillors) and supporting the Section 151 Officer in the operation and development of council-wide financial activities.

We are searching for a fully qualified accountant (CIPFA, ACCA, ACA or CIMA) with sound technical experience and preferably a proven track record of leading other local authorities through accounts closure processes and good experience of leading finance teams.

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CIPFA-Penna are supporting a local authority organisation who are in search of an Interim Head of Finance & Deputy Section 151 Officer.

Working closely with the organisation’s current Director of Resources and Chief Executive, the successful candidate will support on improving financial resilience and governance across the council, lead a diverse finance team and support the wider SMT across the Council.

Starting straight away, there will also be immediate support required on giving the council better insight of its performance, planning and carrying out actions plans to address any issues identified, support on the range of important projects across the council, develop the MTFS and lead the council through a robust budgeting process.

To be considered, you’ll ideally be available to start immediately and have had recent experience at a senior leadership level within a local authority / local government organisation. A fully qualified accountant (CIPFA, ACCA, ACA or CIMA), you’ll have demonstrable leadership qualities coupled with sound technical knowledge of local government finance.

Please get in touch with Jonathon Sheppard at CIPFA-Penna to express your interest in this interim opportunity, or just to find out more about it –


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CIPFA-Penna are working in partnership with a large local authority in search of an Interim Senior Financial Accountant to support the technical team on the upcoming accounts closure process. The role be at least 3 months and will be fully remote / home-based.

Working closely with the Chief Accountant and the wider financial accounting team, the successful candidate will contribute to completion of core statements and notes on the annual financial statement, as well as reviewing work form and giving technical guidance to trainee members of the team. You will also support the team through the subsequent audit process, preparing for anticipated queries in order to make the audit process as smooth as possible.

We’re looking for qualified finance professionals (CIPFA or equivalent) within local government finance, ideally with good experience of technical accounting and supporting the accounts closure process within a local authority environment.

Get in touch with Jonathon Sheppard at CIPFA-Penna ( or apply for more details.


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CIPFA-Penna are supporting a local authority in the recruitment of an Interim Senior Tax Accountant to lead on VAT returns, provision of tax advice to various teams (including project teams) across the authority and dealing with general / ad-hoc queries from around authority relating to VAT and tax application.

The role will manage a small team and will also include assisting on some technical accounting work across different projects for a period of approx. 3-6 months. The work will be fully remote or hme-based.

We are looking for a qualified accountant (CIPFA, CIMA, ACCA or ACA) with experience of tax and VAT accounting as well as supporting a year-end accounts closure process in a local authority environment.

If you are immediately available to start a new assignment and are a good fit for the above criteria, please get in touch with Jonathon Sheppard, our Senior Consultant (


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CIPFA-Penna have been appointed to support the appointment of a new Interim Director of Finance for a large unitary authority. This role will be offered on an interim basis for approx. 6 months or more.

As well as providing full financial support to the Director of Resources, the successful candidate will similarly guide and support Directors from across the authority in relation to a myriad of strategic and financial objectives that will shape operational activity. Furthermore, the appointee will provide impetus and strategic direction to an evolving and far-reaching transformation programme.

We’re looking for practical, results-focussed senior finance leaders with a strong record of transformation from another large local authority organisation. Preferably, the successful candidate will have previous experience of capably steering such a programme as well as having sharpened strategic nous – allowing for meaningful influence in senior circles, making the necessary changes land more effectively. Finally, a demonstrable track record of notable achievement gained in another Director-level role would be of great advantage.

Please contact Jonathon Sheppard, Senior Consultant at CIPFA-Penna for more information or to express an interest in being considered for this interim opportunity.


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