CIPFA Graduate Trainee

  • Employer: Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Salary: Grade G (20-25) £30,296 - £33,945
  • Location: Magdalen House/Agile
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Closing Date: 26/02/2024 at 23:59
  • Reference: CR/24/268969

Sefton is a diverse and exciting borough where people can enjoy a great work-life balance.  It encompasses world renowned nature reserves, accessible businesses and retail centres, top class leisure facilities and some of the best coastal and countryside environments.  It is an ideal location for accessing Manchester, the North West and beyond by road, rail or air.  From vibrant town centres, intimate commuter towns, beautiful villages and stunning coastal and rural locations, everyone can find their perfect home.  Sefton is at the heart of the Liverpool City Region, playing an active role in ensuring its success.

This is a changing and vibrant authority already on a journey working towards an exciting 2030 vision.  Sefton Council’s Finance Service is an efficient and effective team that aims to continually strengthen and promote good financial management across the organisation and play an active role in delivering the vision. 

The Council’s CIPFA Graduate Trainee Programme has been in place for 5 years to recruit and develop new talent to become the finance leaders of the future. During that time, CIPFA trainees have developed their skills, knowledge and behaviours and have been successful in achieving promotions to more senior posts within the service. They have also received recognition for their individual successes from CIPFA and as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

We have a new and exciting opportunity for a trainee CIPFA finance and accountancy professional who will support the finance team in the provision of financial advice and support to budget holders and senior management.  The post holder will gain a range of experience across the whole finance function as they rotate through different disciplines – including budget support to services, closure of accounts, finance systems, audit – during their three/four-year training period.

The role is ideal for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual who is suitably qualified with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in finance, service managers and external partners.

For further information please contact Andy Bridson on 07813543320

Equal Opportunities


Sefton Council strives to ensure that our workforce is inclusive and representative of our communities. A diverse workforce is important to us, our staff bring with them a wide range of experiences, views, ideas, and innovations, and we are committed to providing an environment that recognises, respects, and values everybody’s identity, where individual differences are strengths and where everyone can thrive and maximise their potential. We are always open to learning and growing as an organisation, and we welcome new ideas and initiatives that promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer; all candidates will receive equal treatment. Our decision to appoint will be based upon whether an individual’s skills, experience, qualifications, and abilities make them the most suitable candidate for the role.


Please note that all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for these jobs (as given in the Person Specification) and who want to apply under the Disability Confident Scheme will be invited to interview.

If you are currently in care or have previously been in care, we provide a guaranteed interview scheme for care experienced people if you meet the essential requirements for the role.

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CV’s (unless specified on the advert).

Please fully complete the online application form.

This vacancy is now closed