DP Accountant (Permanent, Civil Service)

Job Description

Deputy Principal Accountant (Civil Service, Permanent)

Job Description:

VANRATH are delighted to be exclusively working with a well known Civil Service business based in the Belfast area, who are seeking to recruit a qualified and experienced Deputy Principal (DP) Accountant. The successful candidate will play a key role in providing high-level financial management, ensuring robust financial controls, and supporting strategic financial planning and decision-making. This position requires a deep understanding of public sector finance, strong analytical skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with senior management and various stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Financial Management:

    • Oversee the preparation and management of budgets, ensuring alignment with organisational goals and statutory requirements.
    • Monitor and report on financial performance, providing insights and recommendations to senior management.
    • Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting in accordance with relevant accounting standards and regulations.
  • Financial Controls and Compliance:

    • Implement and maintain robust financial controls to safeguard public funds.
    • Ensure compliance with financial regulations, policies, and procedures.
    • Conduct regular financial audits and risk assessments to identify and mitigate financial risks.
  • Strategic Planning and Analysis:

    • Support the development of long-term financial plans and strategies.
    • Conduct financial analysis and modeling to inform decision-making and policy development.
    • Provide financial advice and guidance to senior management and other stakeholders.
  • Leadership and Collaboration:

    • Lead and manage a team of finance professionals, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.
    • Collaborate with other departments to ensure integrated and coherent financial management across the organisation.
    • Represent the finance department in meetings and working groups, both internally and externally.


  • Professional Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in accounting or financial management, with at least 2 years in a supervisory role.
    • Experience in the public sector or a similar environment is highly desirable.
  • Professional Certifications:

    • Qualified accountant with a recognized professional accounting body (e.g., ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA).
  • Technical Skills:

    • Strong knowledge of public sector accounting standards and financial regulations.
    • Proficiency in financial management software and tools.
    • Advanced Excel skills and experience with financial modeling.
  • Soft Skills:

    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.
    • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Proven leadership and team management abilities.


  • Experience with financial ERP systems.
  • Familiarity with government budgeting and financial reporting processes.
  • Knowledge of data analytics and business intelligence tools.


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