Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Why this Borough?

Kensington and Chelsea has always been a unique and vibrant place to work, nestled in the heart of London, with a wealth of nationally and internationally recognised cultural attractions (incl. Kensington Palace, The Natural History, Science and Design Museums and Notting Hill Carnival). The Borough’s 15,000 businesses (incl. the World-famous Portobello Market), have faced severe financial pressures during the last two Lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions and the Borough continues to do everything to support these, with Finance playing a major part in this.


Although one of the smallest London boroughs (population 160,000), we have the third-highest population densely in London, which is also diverse with over half our residents born outside of the UK.


We are a major employer in the area with over 2,000 employees and we aim to put local people at the heart of decision making in everything we do. Over the last 18months we have been increasingly focussing efforts collectively and in partnership to improve access to opportunities and narrow the gap in skills, employment, and health across the North and South of the Borough, with these and other council initiatives being underpinned by the increasing necessity for sound financial management. Our Council Plan.


The financial management department is an integral part of the Council’s enabling services. We ensure the Council’s spending plans are aligned with the overall corporate strategy and strategic vision but also play an important role in the Council’s key transformation and service re-design projects.  


You could be involved with supporting one of our exciting new projects: 

  • The Grenfell Recovery Strategy is the Council’s five year plan to support the bereaved and survivors and the wider community following the fire on 17 June 2017. 
  • The Council’s response to Covid and the Recovery Framework which takes the intelligence and opportunities from the Covid Pandemic to deliver services differently The Transitions programme which has nine individual workstreams that will deliver improved outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors whilst also delivering savings to balance the books.
  • Work with the Director of Financial Management address financial hardship and inequality in the borough.
  • Be part of the New Homes Programme building 600 new homes within the Borough, including 300 for social rent 
  • Embedding a new business planning and performance management framework which brings together finance, HR, performance, contracts. Our Medium-Term Finacial Strategy (MTFS)
  • Be part of work to develop strong enabling services across the Resources Directorate to support the rest of the organisation in delivering their services.  


Kensington and Chelsea is continuing to go through a period of change. You will be coming into a borough where two days are never quite the same, and which adds both interest and challenge! The culture of the organisation is changing – it is exciting and you will be part of this change.  


You will have a support network with other CIPFA graduates and also our NGLP grads too. In your early months we will assign you a Buddy to give you some of the support you may need and an ear to bend. Over your training period with us you will also be paired with a senior officer in finance who will act as your mentor and ensure that you get the steer and direction as you progress in your career.

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Ready to be the future of public finance ?

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