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A chartered public finance accountant is responsible for ensuring the effective operation of accounting and financial activities within public sector organisations. While many work for public bodies, such as local and central government and publicly funded organisations, an increasing number are employed in industry and in private accountancy firms.
Roles within private sector companies that provide services to the public or not-for-profit sector on a consultative basis tend to focus more on reviewing financial systems and efficiency than on central accountancy activities.
The role varies widely from general financial administration to management accounting. Whether employed directly within the public sector or working within it on a consultative basis, chartered public finance accountants focus on ensuring that public services are provided as effectively as possible with the limited resources available.
Tasks may include:
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