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Finance Officer

Fixed Term Contract (up to 12 months maternity cover)

Full Time 

The closing date for this post is 12 noon on Thursday 24th January 2019

Interviews will be held on the Monday 11th February 2019

Previous applicants need not apply

Those currently eligible on the redeployment register will be given prior consideration.

The main purpose of the role is to provide support to the Deputy Chief Finance Officer through the provision of effective and timely financial and management information.  

Main Responsibilities: 

To support the Deputy Chief Finance Officer in the effective management of OPCC budgets, ensuring value for money is achieved and that spend against budgets is accurately recorded and reported.

To monitor trends of expenditure for all pay, non pay and income budgets for the OPCCs, identifying any areas of concern and explaining variances to budget.

To support the Deputy Chief Finance Officer in setting the annual pay, non-pay and income budgets for each OPCC in the context of an alliance arrangement.

To ensure accounting procedures are followed at period end and year end to facilitate timely and accurate management and statutory reporting. This will involve posting journals and virements in accordance with financial rules and polices.

To promote compliance with financial regulations, accounting instructions and other statutory instruments. This may include carrying out management audits for certain areas of OPCC business.

To build effective relationships with Force Finance team to ensure that a joined up approach to financial management across the Force and the OPCC is in place.

To correctly account for any grant money awarded to the OPCC and ensure that grant returns are completed accurately and by the required deadlines.

To provide administration for the grant allocation process for West Mercia, including the monitoring and logging of grant applications as they are submitted, creation of grant agreements, raising payment requests and filing of key documents in accordance to audit requirements.

To build and sustain effective relationships with external contacts

To provide financial and administrative support through the use of the Force financial system including the ability to create suppliers, raise purchase orders, goods receipt and processing invoices.

In liaison with the Head of Communications, to maintain and update the Finance and Commissioning aspects of the Commissioner’s website.  

Experience/Skills: 

AAT qualification or willingness to study for AAT qualification.

5 A-C grade GCSEs (Or Equivalent) including Maths and English

A clear understanding financial regulations and policies and an appreciation of wider accounting regulations and principles

Experience of budgeting and budgetary control in a professional Accounting environment within the Public Sector

Operating and extracting data from a finance system

Experience of working in a statutory or public sector framework

Competent in the use of IT packages including Microsoft packages or equivalent

Good verbal and written communication skills with a high level of literacy and numeracy

Ability to work within a team environment

Proven ability to work systematically and unsupervised on own initiative to tight deadlines and prioritise a demanding workload

Ability to research and analyse large volumes of information and prioritise as appropriate

The ability to deal tactfully and appropriately with people at all levels, exhibiting sound judgement and high degree of emotional intelligence

The ability to deal with all confidential matters with absolute discretion and integrity 

Special Conditions: 

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

You will be required as part of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police recruitment process to successfully complete vetting and credit checks.

Read the full job profile here.

Apply via the West Mercia Police website.

Independent Custody Visitors

We are keen to hear from people interested in volunteering as Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs)

Independent Custody Visitors are volunteers recruited by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner from the local community. They are independent of the police service. Following training, they work in pairs and are able to make unannounced visits to police stations within their force area to check on the welfare of people detained in custody.  They observe, comment and report on the conditions and treatment of people detained.  They check that the statutory rights and entitlements governing the welfare of detainees are being observed.

As an Independent Custody Visitor, you would have a vital role in ensuring the welfare of persons in police custody in West Mercia and strengthening public confidence in police custody practices.  You would be assigned to a Panel near to where you live or work and with another custody visitor you would be asked to make unannounced visits to the local police station(s) with custody suites.  As a volunteer you will be given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your community, develop your skills and experience, meet people and make friends.  You will be provided with training and support to carry out the role.  The role is voluntary (unpaid), although travelling expenses are paid.

The scheme does not require a lot of a volunteer’s time but there would be some unsocial hours as visits can take place at any time within a 24 hour period.  You would be expected to make a commitment to carry out a minimum of one custody visit per month (lasting approximately one hour plus travel time).  In addition you would be expected to attend two evening Panel meetings per year, and one or two meetings or training events usually held on Saturdays.  Appointments last for 3 years and may be extended by mutual agreement.

To be eligible to apply you must be over 18, live or work in the West Mercia policing area, and have been a resident of the UK for at least 3 years. You will not be suitable if there could be a conflict of interest e.g. you are a serving Police Officer or Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) or if you have a criminal conviction.  All applications are subject to Police vetting.

Current vacancies

We are currently looking for more ICVs to work across West Mercia. If you would like to be considered for a role within the scheme, please register your interest with the scheme administrator at opcc@westmercia.pnn.police.uk and they will be in touch with more information on the next stages of the process.

Click here for further information about custody visiting.

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