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Manchester gets it that finance matters. Our Finance Team is key to the city’s non-stop rise out of tough times to a fairer future for residents, businesses and the region we’re proud to be capital of.  

Thanks to promotions and moves to exciting new projects we’re recruiting right across the grades from new starters heading for their first accountant qualifications to post-qualification veterans ready for their next career move. 

Why Manchester?

The Economist, Time Out, Lonely Planet … they’ve all cottoned on that 2020s Manchester is a top-ranked world city. Whether it’s culture, sport, night-life, transport, livability, eateries, green spaces or the sheer buzz of the place – we'd love you to be part of it.  

It’s not just our city we’re transforming – it’s our workforce too.   

I was an ambitious apprentice – but I didn’t think I’d become Head of Finance at a top UK council. 
Sam McCardle, Head of Finance. 

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This forward-thinking, progressive service helped me develop and diversify my financial and other skills.

Stacey Cookney, Principal Finance Manager.  

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The opportunity given to me by this great council, makes me not give up on my dream of trying to become a seasoned finance consultant’’

Kareem Mahmud , Finance Manager 


‘’I am really enjoying working in Financial Management, the people and variety of work make it enjoyable. I feel I can develop and grow my skills’’

Adil Ahmed Principal Finance Manager 

Working for Manchester brings you exciting chances you simply don’t get elsewhere: 

  • £1billion capital programme 
  • Net budget of £730million a year 
  • Testing and reviewing investment options, like recently:  
    • prospects for the city’s own solar farm
    • a heat network across major city centre buildings
    • City-owned housing development of 500 new homes a year
    • multi-million-pound care market interventions protecting vulnerable people. 

We’re passionate about your wellbeing and mental health: 

We do our best to look after you. We want you and your team to be safe, happy, healthy and successful. 

We seriously want you to use your three paid volunteering days. The team’s helped out Manchester Dog’s Home, a homelessness centre and a library for housebound residents. Plus: 

  • Accredited mental health first-aiders support colleagues in need. 
  • Gym membership offers.  
  • Discounts on bikes and public transport. 
  • Low-emissions car leasing. 
  • Staff groups for football, gym, yoga, circuit training, choir – or start your own! 
  • Financial wellbeing -- savings, discounts and rewards for staff.  
  • Mental health support. 
  • Health cover for you and your family. 
  • 24-hour staff help programme.  

Why work anywhere else? 

  • Flexible hours 
  • Hybrid home/office working 
  • Up to 31 days annual leave 
  • Buy up to an extra 10 day holiday 
  • UK’s biggest final salary council pension scheme.  
  • Development and variety 
  • Easy-switch between teams, projects and specialisms 
  • Paid volunteering and study leave. 
  • Training including professional accountancy qualifications (AAT and CIPFA), management qualifications, diploma in contract management and many more soft skills courses. 
  • Active mentoring and development to become a qualified accountant and progress your career as far up the organisation as your ambition takes you.  


Be yourself and thrive  

You’ll find a fair, inclusive workforce here – striving to be as diverse as the communities that make our city. We want you confident and comfortable bringing your true self to work, talking openly and making the most of your talents to grow and succeed. 

All our staff join Let’s Talk About Race training to help us better understand the nature of systemic racism, feel more confident to have respectful conversations about race at work, and to create a workplace where everyone is comfortable and where everyone feels included. 

If all of this adds up for you – make your future count for Manchester.  

Get in touch for an informal chat.  

  • Paul Hindle - Directorate Head of Finance - 
  • Samantha Mcardle - Head of Corporate Finance -
  • Vandhna Kohli - Directorate Head of Finance -

2022 winner: CIPFA Public Finance Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion.  

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