We’re not here to simply process numbers. We want better: more innovative and smarter ways of working that enhance life across Newham.
Finance at Newham’s more rewarding
More personally rewarding than the commercial sector; because it’s the families who call our Borough home that’ll benefit from your hard work, along with millions of workers and visitors.
We offer a bigger professional challenge than other boroughs too. With a new Mayor and new senior leadership team, we’re revolutionising the way we work. Which means you’ll have the chance to make your mark. So bring us the big ideas and practical solutions that’ll make our £1.5bn budget go further.
Training and support? We have clearly defined career paths and senior leaders who’ve risen from junior roles. Flexibility and stability? We’re always open to home-working and provide a generous local government pension.
Whether you’re just starting out or looking for that career-defining role, we’ll give you the opportunities to fulfil your ambitions – while creating a Finance department that inspires the rest of the industry.
- £1.5bn annual budget
- Diverse community with complex needs
- New transformational team
- Ambitious programme of change
- Long-term career paths
Developing people as well as services
Our vision across the Council is about ‘putting people at the heart of everything we do’. For you, that means a variety of things.
You’ll play a role in a growing accounting team; bringing and developing skills that will improve the services we provide.
There’s far more to it than simply making our financial processes more rigorous, or enhancing our approach to management information. We’re going beyond accounting standards – challenging ourselves to increase transparency further and ensure our financial management is 100% effective. And we’re also focusing on our softer skills – like the way we collaborate across the Council.
Put together, it’s an holistic approach that gives you scope to make your mark. Join us, maximise our funding, and give Newham’s residents the services and infrastructure they richly deserve.
A balanced package
Wellbeing has never been a bigger topic of discussion. But it’s something we’ve fused into our working environment for many years – and why we offer rounded benefits as well as a competitive salary and contributory pension.
Soft skills training and comprehensive support for professional qualifications.
A designated buddy when you join; career mentors to help you progress. We’re a tight-knit team where everyone’s happy to help.
The office is two mins from Royal Albert DLR and 24 mins from Stratford station
There’s a season ticket loan and discounts on gym membership and shopping
Work life balance
As well as flexitime, we offer 23 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays and study days
Collaborative software tools and online IT support for seamless remote and home working
Developing your Finance career
Whether you’re an experienced professional, new to local government, or just starting out, we want our team members to have a career, not just a job. We take utmost pride in developing our people: with supportive mentoring, on the job training, and a commitment to continuous professional development. All supported by financial and practical support for those essential qualifications.
1. Applying to Newham
When you find a role that excites you, please fill in the application form and the all-important cover letter. The next step is an interview, where we can both gauge if the opportunity is right. There may be further interviews, but you’ll get regular feedback throughout the process – whatever the outcome. If we offer the role and you accept, we’ll keep in regular contact until you join.
2. When you join
You’ll first complete a comprehensive induction that introduces you to Newham, and the Council’s finances, strategies, ambitions and projects. You’ll also meet your mentor, colleagues and a number of senior figures, and start to build a network of people you can call on for support.
3. The first few months
During the early months, we’ll give you time to focus on your role and its day-to-day challenges. But we’ll also make sure there are appointments in your diary where we can discuss your career and development ambitions – and how we can give you the training and support to get to where you want to be.
4. Year two and beyond
After you’ve been here a year, we’d expect you to have hit your personal targets and perhaps started or taken some training to develop your skills. Hopefully, you’ll already have some highlights to discuss with your line manager – and be well on the way to taking on more responsibility or even a more senior role.
Is this for you?
We’ve an ambition to revolutionise the way we manage and operate our finances. Which means we’re putting new processes and ideas into practice all the time. You’ll be supported of course, by colleagues, and through learning and career opportunities. But, as well as a passion for finance and statistics – it’s important that you enjoy and embrace change.
- The ambition and tenacity to make a real difference here
- Real commitment to the Borough and Newham’s community
- A strong work ethic and willingness to learn and grow
Are you right for us?
Can you improve us?
To help one of the UK’s youngest populations, we’ll need you to look beyond ‘business as usual’, and imagine how methods and processes can be improved – like our £1.4m expansion of youth services, the largest initiative of its type in a decade.
Will you champion Newham?
We’re firm advocates of our Borough and our Council – and we’ll expect you to not only champion the work we do, but have a burning desire to make a real difference for our community.
Are you a people person?
We’re very much one big family – ready to help out when necessary and collaborate wherever possible. Bring your personality to work, and you’ll find people eager to hear your ideas and open the door to new opportunities.
Will you work with HEART?
The HEART values of Honesty, Equality, Ambition, Respect and Together guide our mission of putting People at the Heart of Everything We Do.
A Borough that deserves the very best
We’re the UK’s youngest borough, in terms average age – and one of its most ethnically diverse. While we’re moving in a positive direction, we’re also the 12th most deprived borough in the country – yet our students achieve above England’s average for primary school reading, writing and maths, and secondary school GCSEs.
With longstanding institutions like the University of East London, Queen’s Market, ExCel, and West Ham United, complemented by new additions like Europe’s largest Westfield shopping centre and the East Bank district – expected to create 2,500 jobs and generate £1.5bn for the local economy – our Borough has a bright future ahead.
Your job will be to provide the financial expertise to make it a vibrant, exciting reality.
the heart of
- UK’s youngest Borough
- Most ethnically diverse
- High performing students
- London’s only Enterprise Zone
A Borough with a wealth of potential
East London – and Newham in particular – is booming. But we’re also the 12th most deprived Borough in the country. So even with our substantial investment into Stratford and Canning Town, and 25,000 new homes planned at Royal Docks, a key issue is housing – especially if we’re to welcome 30% of the capital’s population growth over the next 10 years.
Our pioneering Community Wealth Building Strategy aims to address that poverty by ensuring all new investments create a fairer and more prosperous Newham. One of our urban regeneration projects, Shape Newham, which is already enhancing 18 public spaces, and our Town Centres Regeneration Strategy continues to use environmental, social, and economic innovations to update our urban hubs.
Frequently asked questions
How many roles are available?
We always post live roles to this site. If there isn’t something that suits your skills right now, check back soon to see if we have the right opportunity.
I can’t find a suitable job on your website; can I send you my CV?
Unfortunately, we don’t currently accept CVs to put on file. Please regularly check this site for new opportunities and apply when the right role is available.
Do I need a degree to apply?
It depends on the role – the job descriptions will usually tell you what kind of experience and education you need. Some jobs will require you to be a qualified CCAB accountant, so you may not need a degree to qualify.
Do I need council or public sector experience to apply?
It can depend on the position. However, we welcome applications from all quarters as many skills will naturally transfer from other industries, and may even make you a better candidate for a role.
Do you have a graduate programme?
Yes: our four-year CIPFA Finance Graduate Trainee programme. It includes a series of placements right across our department and likely with other teams within the Council. We also provide comprehensive financial and personal support towards the CIPFA qualifications – the specialist public sector accreditation. Find out more here.
Can I change something on an application once I’ve submitted it?
Unfortunately, no. Once submitted, it goes directly to our team to assess against other candidates.
Is there a limit to the number of roles I can apply for?
No – if you feel you’re right for any of our roles, please do apply.
What happens after I apply?
You’ll first receive a confirmation email. Then, we’ll assess your application and, if we think you might be a good fit, send you a further email inviting you to interview.
What does the interview involve?
The interview is a chance for you to see if we’re right for you; as well as for us to see if you’ll fit in here. We’re looking for people who are committed to making a difference for the people of Newham. Interviews are currently held on Zoom, and we’ll give you more details when we arrange a date and time. The interview is also likely to incorporate an additional test e.g. a presentation.
Can I book a different interview time?
Please email the HR contact who invited you to see if we can accommodate you.
How will I know if I’m successful at the interview?
We’ll always give you feedback on your progress, whatever the outcome. Please be patient as the application and interview process can be lengthy.
If I’m not successful at interview, will I get feedback?
Of course. You’ll get feedback on your performance at every stage of the application process.
I’m having technical problems with my application. Who should I contact?
If you’re having trouble with our systems, please email xxxxxx
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We’re continually growing and evolving our finance team as we look to revolutionise our financial services. So if the perfect role isn’t available now, please check back regularly to see if we’ve something that suits your skills.