Boston Spa Leeds





Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time



Chief Accountant

Location: Boston Spa
Hours: Permanent / Full Time
Grade: SB3
Salary: £58,800

The British Library is embarking on a period of exciting transformation, with high profile capital projects, ambitious digital programmes and initiatives to grow and diversify our audience. We are looking for a Chief Accountant to put finance at the heart of decision making and provide comprehensive, efficient and effective financial services to the Library. This will include financial & management accounting, treasury & cash management and accounts payable & receivable functions.

The role will ensure that the Library’s Annual Report and Accounts is produced within the Statutory reporting defined timescales and in accordance with appropriate mandatory requirements such as Charity Accounting, H.M Treasury directives and International Accounting Standards.

You will be a senior finance professional (CCAB qualified) with substantial knowledge of financial management and its application to the business as well as corporate strategy.

You will also have excellent leadership, management and communication skills given the wide scope of the role and the diverse range of both internal and external contacts. The ability to develop and motivate a professionally qualified team engaged in significant processing and technical activities is essential. As well as an innovative and proactive approach to exploiting change opportunities and promoting best practice.

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We make our collections and programmes available to all. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 26.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

Closing date: 21 February 2024
Interview date: 06 March 2024

We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route


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