Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and London Borough of Sutton

Why this Borough?

Joining us, you get to work for not just one high performing London Borough, but two.

 

Sutton and Kingston councils have a shared finance service serving both authorities. Some teams and some roles are more focussed on one Council than the other, but the majority are shared across the two meaning you get in built opportunities to learn from a wider pool of activities and two different political bodies.

 

The shared finance service has an ambition to ‘add value and inspire success’. We offer a supportive working environment and expect all staff to proactively demonstrate our ‘Inspire’ values – Integrity, Nurturing, Smart, People-focussed, Innovative, Responsible and Enterprising. We work flexibly in both Sutton and Kingston offices, and support working at home or flexible working patterns that enable you to tailor your working life to everything else in your life. We provide the equipment and tools to enable you to work flexibly, and in return ask you to use that flexibility to be creative and ambitious in the services we deliver.

 

There are some really exciting things happening in both Sutton and Kingston. We are developing the London Cancer Hub, a world leading cancer research and treatment hub that will bring together professionals from across different sectors to identify and test new treatments and therapies. We are undertaking the largest housing regeneration programme ever delivered in Kingston, building new energy efficient housing that will transform some of our oldest Council owned housing. Both boroughs have publicly committed to doing what they can to tackle the climate emergency and are investing in new technologies and societal change that will help bring carbon emissions down and improve our climate impact.

 

Sutton is a well connected attractive part of London that has a reputation for excellent schools, green and leafy open spaces, and a history that drives a thriving heritage and culture offer through our museums and libraries. The Council is controlled by a long established Liberal Democrat Administration and has high ambitions set out in its corporate plan “Ambitious for Sutton”, that will ensure Sutton remains a great place to live, work and raise a family. The Council plays a leading role in a number of local partnerships and places great emphasis on engaging effectively with its residents, listening to local voices and making their message heard across London Government.

 

Kingston is a beautiful Royal borough with a historic setting on the banks of the Thames with excellent schools and a bustling retail centre, all surrounded by open green spaces such as RIchmond Park and Bushey Park, former recreation grounds for Tudor kings and queens. The Council is controlled by a Liberal Democrat Administration and has a corporate plan “Making Kingston Better Together” that sets out a vision to be a vibrant, diverse and inclusive borough where residents are active, empowered, engaged and able to remain independent and
resilient. The Council engages with residents through a number of forums and events through the year, and like Sutton plays a leading role in developing the South West Region of London.

 

Our shared finance team was shortlisted as a finalist in the Public Finance Awards 2020 under the Alternative Delivery Model of the Year category. This was a reflection of the progress we have made since our inception 4 years ago, and our level of ambition for the future. We have recently changed our structure and ways of working to position ourselves at the forefront of a digital future that embraces new technologies to deliver better, more effective solutions that improve the lives of Sutton and Kingston residents.

 

You should choose Sutton and Kingston if you are looking for an opportunity that will challenge you to deliver more than just accurate numbers, support you to achieve personal ambitions, and expect you to put borough residents at the heart of what you do. We are not a back-office hidden service that simply manages the money. We are a proactive enabler of front line services that works collaboratively with a diverse range of professionals including teachers, engineers, doctors, social workers, town planners, property developers, lawyers, librarians and many more. We shape strategy, advise decision makers, and support day to day delivery of services that are part of everyday life for all our residents. We are guardians of public money and take that role seriously, putting our energy into making sure that the Council spends the money it has wisely and our residents can rely on us to support them. Getting the numbers right is just the start and the solid foundation upon which we build our capacity to partner effectively with every other part of the Councils, adding value and inspiring success through our influence.

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Team members in our shared finance service

Flagship Programmes

There’s lots of exciting things happening in south west London. In Sutton we have the development of the London Cancer Hub - a centre of excellence for cancer research and treatment. And in Kingston we are embarking on the redevelopment of our largest Council estate on Cambridge Road as well as looking at feasibility for development on our own sites in the town centre.

Ready to be the future of public finance ?

We are now closed for applications to our 2021 graduate opportunities.