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Management Accountant

Birmingham City Council
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28 Jul 2024

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Management Accountant, Corporate Finance


Grade 4 - £32,076 - £39,186

Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review

Working 36.5 hours per week

Location: Hybrid (to suit candidate preferences) 

Are you ready to support the UK’s largest local authority? 

Over one million people rely on the services provided by Birmingham City Council every single day, and we spend over £4 billion annually providing that support.  We need forward thinking and highly skilled management accountants to support the ambitious recovery programme and the diverse range of services the Council provides.

Our teams are at the heart of decision-making in the City Council, providing insight and assurance to staff at all levels of the organisation, setting budgets and long-term financial planning, and monitoring revenue expenditure and resources against these plans. You’ll work closely with managers in the services and with finance colleagues across the wider team, influencing the council’s decision-making process and improving day-to-day processes, while ensuring that regulatory compliance and financial stewardship are built into every decision. 

Guidance, support, and in-house training will be provided, though posts require existing CCAB or equivalent qualification.  There will be an opportunity for you to deputise for management as and when required.  You’ll be working on projects taking ownership from initial concept through to final delivery, developing and coaching the team as you go.  We will look to you to set KPIs and achieve them, as well as making sure that the team and your projects comply with all essential guidelines and regulations.  This is a truly collaborative environment, and we’ll encourage you to share your expertise and make your opinions matter. 

These are challenging times for Birmingham City Council, and you could be part of our transformation story in Finance.  Isn’t it time you got in touch to tell us about your career aspirations and how you meet our brief? 

Corporate Finance

A supportive team, with a total of five people, led by the Head of Financial Planning. The team covers two areas: Corporate Budgeting and Revenue Monitoring & Resource Planning.  Our team is also involved in monitoring, budgeting, and the closedown of Collection Fund Accounts. You will have the chance to develop expertise on this complex area.  Birmingham City Council receives over £800m every year in Council Tax and Business Rates, so this is a vital revenue stream for the Council.  There is currently one post in each of these areas available for permanent recruitment.

Management Accountant (known in Birmingham City Council as a Business Analyst) – Corporate Budgeting (Grade 4):  Working to the Finance Manager for Corporate Budgeting, this post will involve playing your part in the production of the annual budget report.  Again, there’ll be stakeholders to manage, and we’ll rely on your influential approach when providing advice on politically sensitive challenges.  You will also help to produce updates during the year on changes to the Medium-Term Financial Plan. 

You will model the impact of pressures and savings on the Medium-Term Financial Plan and be developing models to forecast the costs of pay and other inflation.  You will also be involved in the production of the fees and charges report, and oversee Equal Pay liabilities on behalf of Finance, a high profile and complex area.

Within this role, there is opportunity to work and support the apprentice within the team, although there are no formal management responsibilities.

As part of this role, the Council will offer support to study up to an Accountancy Professional Level 7 Apprenticeship (to become a qualified accountant).

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the attachments part of your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered. 

Birmingham City Council is an accredited Disability Confident Leader employer, and we are committed to employing, retaining and developing all of our people.

We want to ensure your recruitment journey with us is a positive and equitable one, so please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments, additional support, accessibility needs, or if there is any way in which we can support you through your application.

For any informal enquires please contact: Nadeem Afzal

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.

Job Description and Person Specification: Management Accountant.BA Gr4 JDPS.doc


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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