Main Duties and Responsibilities:
1 To take the finance lead in one area of Children’s Services. This includes ensuring that in the relevant part of the service:
* finance processes are integrated with core business, and
* effective communication with staff, managers, service users, providers and partner agencies, as required.
1 To process payments and invoices in a timely manner in accordance with Council procedures, using the client records system, Mosaic and the finance system, Agresso.
1 To be vigilant in preventing errors and fraud, and immediately notify the relevant manager of any irregularity.
1 To negotiate firmly but sensitively with colleagues, providers, partner agencies and service users in resolving financial queries and irregularities; this includes situations in which the alternative to an agreed resolution is the termination of the service and/or action to recover funds.
1 To provide accurate and regular budget reports and advice to the Head of Service, and other managers.
1 To alert the Head of Service immediately to any developments that significantly affect the predicted end of year outturn.
1 To update, query and report from databases holding client information, including Mosaic
1 To maintain and update finance systems as required, ensuring that data is accurate, up to date and sense-checked.
1 To maintain a system for triggering payment reviews and terminations in line with statutory guidance.
1 To prioritise own workload to ensure deadlines are met, and to notify the line manager if these cannot be met.
1 To attend training and maintain skills in essential IT applications including Office applications, Google applications, Agresso, Mosaic and any other relevant applications.
1 To keep abreast of changes in legislation and policy as they relate to Special Guardianship placements.
1 To work co-operatively and flexibly with other Finance staff in Children’s Services, ensuring familiarity with all areas of the business and providing cover for business peaks, staff holiday and absence.
1 To undertake any other comparable duties considered to be appropriate by line manager and the service manager
1 To carry