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Finance

50393 – Finance Business Partner – 50617
£50,427 – £63,500
National

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Ministry of Justice an Inclusive Employer

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer of choice and ensuring equity of opportunity for all. We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring in terms of their culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

Overview

The Ministry of Justice sits at the heart of public service delivery and the government’s wider social reform agenda, working to protect and advance the principles of justice. The department has been at the forefront of the Government’s wider efficiency agenda making relevant finance roles an exciting and challenging opportunity.

The Ministry’s functional leadership model for finance brings together specialists into a single, unified team across the Department with the vision of putting finance at the heart of decision making.  The Finance Business Partnering (FBP) teams support budget holders and delivery directors throughout the department, assisting them in making effective value for money decisions, delivering their financial management responsibilities, and ensuring corporate controls and processes are followed.

Role Purpose

An all-round finance professional is required in the business partnering team supporting delivery of:

  • an additional twenty thousand prison places
  • commercial competitions to appoint private operators to run some of the new prisons being built
  • an orderly exit from three phases of Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) due to expire over the next few years – along with development and delivery of replacement arrangements

This role provides a unique opportunity to contribute to delivery of the second biggest infrastructure project in Government (by whole life cost) and delivery of some of the department’s highest priorities.  The role will require you to use your experience and knowledge to provide advice, assistance, and where necessary challenge to relevant project directors and their teams, to ensure plans remain both affordable and value for money.  You will be expected to contribute to a process of continual improvement regarding the enhancement of financial stewardship and control, upskilling project delivery colleagues, and building and maintaining the portfolio’s relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and will also be responsible for the overall financial integrity and  management of the projects you support

The post holder will support the Senior Finance Business Partner in delivering the above, and will contribute to, influencing, and proactively lead in shaping the strategies required to deliver the relevant ministerial commitments, and help ensure those strategies are delivered effectively.

Key responsibilities

The service provided by the department’s FBP teams is in line with the adoption of the cross-government vision set out in the “Excellence in Finance Business Partnering” handbook and is built around three distinct services.

  • The Business Expert

The post holder will be the strategic finance lead for projects they support. They will be required to gain a comprehensive understanding of the related project and associated strategies, and how that aligns with the rest of the Portfolio and wider department.

The post holder must be able to clearly communicate technical, business and financial information to internal and external stakeholders using the most appropriate methods. They will be expected to proactively identify gaps in financial knowledge within the areas they support and proactively support the upskilling of relevant project delivery colleagues.

The business partner must also develop and maintain a knowledge of the project plans priorities and targets such that they can play an active role in key decisions; can lead on relevant financial planning, in-year budget allocations, development of business cases, and value for money considerations, etc; and can identify relevant risks and opportunities and assist in their respective mitigation or use. Where relevant they should be able to use their unique cross project and independent position to support joined up working and provide a broad overview of the wider portfolio and department.

The post holder will provide regular and ad hoc analysis and additional insight on specific issues – using data and information provided by subject matter experts and the department’s Management Accounting and Analytical Services functions, as well as wider Finance expertise as necessary from outside their immediate team.

  • The Influential Voice

The post holder will be responsible for building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships within their own areas of responsibility and the wider business area, such that they can influence strategic business decisions to ensure a high level of financial performance is maintained. They should be able to remain focused on the business’s overall strategic vision during relevant discussions, considerations and negotiations, and should be capable of understanding when it’s necessary to challenge proposals on affordability or value for money grounds, or for the purposes of remaining within corporate or HMG controls.

They will be required to partner project directors and their teams to support decision-making and governance, including an active role in the department’s governance processes and at relevant Project and Programme Boards. This will include building a partnership with key stakeholders within the portfolio and department, so they are best placed to support, and if needed influence, key delivery and wider strategic decisions.

They will support projects to improve efficiency and to manage their budgets effectively, working in partnership to flag opportunities and risks early; and use evidence-based data to support, challenge and assure the recommendations and decisions being made deliver effective plans and outcomes.

They will also foster a culture of knowledge sharing and a collaborative environment between their projects, the wider portfolio, Finance and other corporate services.

 

  • The Financial Advisor

The post holder will provide advice and guidance to relevant projects including working with cost consultants and other subject matter experts to provide robust financial forecasts, assessments of the affordability and long-term value for money of relevant building designs; as well as development of project delivery plans and the drafting of required business cases.

They will support and co-ordinate the interaction of other financial experts with projects as required (e.g. Tax Centre of Excellence, Commercial Finance Team, Financial Strategy & Planning, external cost consultants and delivery partners) to provide required support and challenge. This will include working with others in the team and the Management Accounting Team (MAT) to ensure an appropriate and effective split of responsibilities – and in collaboration with the MAT and others be in a position to add detailed narrative to financial data and other related business information.

The business partner will support budget holders in interpreting and fulfilling their responsibilities for financial governance, control, and risk management – including compliance with Managing Public Money and other HM Treasury and Departmental financial control framework requirements. They will support the business to identify and effectively monitor risks and opportunities; recommending solutions and prompting mitigating actions where necessary.

Other duties

The post holder will be required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, including the potential management of staff. This will also include working closely with their immediate business partnering team and wider finance colleagues to develop solutions/problem-solve and engage in work to drive process and reporting improvements.

Travel

The MoJ has a number of national hubs that staff can work from based on their location, but occasional travel to London may be required.

Key skills and knowledge

  • Experience of providing professional finance services to senior stakeholders and influencing business decisions
  • Experience of building, maintaining and leveraging collaboration networks and partnerships and getting stakeholders to understand and focus on critical value for money and wider financial considerations
  • Experience of communicating value for money issues and financial information to a non-financial audience
  • Experience of or potential to become an effective leader and manager
  • Experience of developing proposals and assessing investment proposals, options and identifying risks
  • Excellent organisational skills, self-motivation, a proactive approach, and energy to deliver work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to think both innovatively and strategically in pursuit of improved value for money
  • Ability to influence and where necessary constructively challenge decision making in a productive and inclusive manner
  • Strong technical skills across all financial disciplines and a proven ability to apply them in supporting business areas
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to present information clearly to senior audiences to aid effective decision making
  • Commercial acumen in terms of understanding the commercial landscape, pipeline and financial impacts of contracts according to their payment base and mechanisms

Civil Service Behaviours

The following G7 Civil Service Behaviours are essential to this post and will be assessed upon application:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

Professional Competencies / Requirements

Candidates will need highly developed professional finance skills and should either have a full or part qualification from ICAEW, ICAS, ICAI, ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA.

The Selection Process

To apply please complete the online application form. Applications will be sifted by a panel who will look at the Civil Service Behaviour framework and what is evidenced in your application. Should many applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, making effective decisions. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift or progressed straight to interview.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.

Candidates who are successful following the sift process will be invited to interview, where the behavioural elements and strengths will be tested further alongside other elements of the post. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates in advance of the interviews.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

 

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order:

  1. To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);
  2. To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);
  3. To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

Accessibility

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

For further information please feel free to contactgary.hope@justice.gov.uk

Interview dates: Expected Late December/early January 2022

Closing Date:   05/12/2021, 23:55 hours.

Application information  

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You’ve been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles  

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on the one lead behaviour identified.

If you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

Salary

£50,427 - £63,500 Salary will depend on your location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

The national salary range is £50,427 – £59,000, London salary range is £54,274 – £63,500. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.