RFO Vacancy

Published: 08 June 2022

Lyminge Parish Council has a vacancy for the role of Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).  The role has been assessed by the current RFO as averaging 6 hours per week, although the time requirement will vary over the course of the year. 

The role will be home-based as the Council has no office premises.  Attendance at the Finance Committee, which meets monthly in the evening, will be required.  Otherwise, when the work is undertaken is flexible.

The RFO is responsible for the day-to-day financial management of the Council within the framework established by law, regulation and proper practice set out in the Practitioners Guide issued by NALC.  The duties include:

·         Maintaining the financial records of the Council day to day, using the Scribe software developed for Town and Parish Councils;

·         Raising and issuing invoices where monies are due to the Council (principally allotment annual rents);

·         Collating payments due, with supporting documentation, and processing payments authorised using electronic banking;

·         Preparing the monthly management accounts from Scribe;

·         Running the monthly payroll for the Council’s two employees (the Clerk and RFO);

·         Preparing and filing the VAT return;

·         Preparing the annual financial statements and annual return, liaising with the internal and external auditors as required, and making necessary statutory filings;

·         Maintaining the Council’s asset register; and

·         Preparing and finalising the annual budget for the next financial year, in consultation with the Chair of Finance.

The RFO works closely with the Clerk and the Chair of Finance to ensure that matters are brought before the Finance Committee and/or Full Council as appropriate on a timely basis.

The successful candidate will be FILCA-qualified, or willing to study for this qualification.  In the absence of the qualification, full exam support will be provided.

Depending on qualifications and level of experience, the hourly rate will be up to Band 25 of the Local Government Pay Scale, currently £15.64 but subject to revision with back-pay once the pay award for the year beginning 1 April 2022 has been agreed.  A rolling time sheet is required to be kept.  Pay will be in twelve equal instalments on the basis of 312 annual standard hours.  Total hours includes a holiday allowance of 22 days per annum, pro-rated in proportion to a standard working day of 1.2 hours, increasing to 25 days after 5 years’ service.   Any hours worked in excess of standard hours will be paid as overtime. 

Please email the Chair of Finance Rob Baldwin at rob.baldwin@lymingeparishcouncil.org.uk with your CV.  The closing date for applications is Thursday 23 June at 12 noon.  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the week ended 1 July.