VACANCY: Part Time Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Are you passionate about finance?    Looking for a fresh challenge?

Felsted Parish Council is seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join the team as RFO. FPC is a very active local council, it has eleven elected Councillors and provides a range of services including playgrounds, allotments and a Nature Area. The main purpose of the role will be administering the Council’s financial affairs in accordance with proper practices.

The responsibilities of the role include:

  • Maintenance of the Council’s accounts including input of data, trial balances and year end final accounts, in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations.
  • Liaising with the internal auditor and submission of the Council’s Annual Return to the external auditors.
  • Maintenance of the Council’s Asset Register, Financial Risk Management Assessment, Financial Regulations, Bank Reconciliations, PAYE records, Schedule of Donations and other financial documents.
  • Preparation of payments schedule and cheques for monthly PC meetings.
  • Preparation of agendas, detailed reports and budget documents for Finance Committee meetings. Attendance at the meetings and the production of Minutes and implementation of recommendations and resolutions.
  • Occasional attendance at Full Council meetings to report on financial matters.
  • Collection of allotment rents and chasing of debtors.
  • Accurate record keeping and administration.

Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven accounting skills (knowledge of Quickbooks accounts package would be an advantage but is not essential).
  • Administrative and IT skills (particularly Word and Excel).
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of budget, payroll and GDPR.
  • A flexible approach to hours of work and day to day duties and responsibilities.
  • Experience of Local Government or similar environment (this would be an advantage but is not essential).

The role is for 5 hours a week (average) and will be based in the Parish Council Office at the URC Hall in Felsted. Please note that workload can fluctuate during the year, peaking at year end from March to May. Some home working is expected as is attendance at a minimum of 8 evening meetings per annum. Salary will be based on the National Scale according to experience.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 31 January 2020.

FRO Application form

RFO vacancy – Application Guidance notes

GDPR recruitment policy

Diane Smith (Parish Clerk), URC Hall, Stebbing Road, Felsted, Gt Dunmow, Essex CM6 3JD Telephone: 01371 823071    E-mail: