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Finance

Finance Business Partner – 43014
£30,989 - £52,248
National

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Overview

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the provision of legal aid, administration of justice through courts and tribunals, and detention and rehabilitation of offenders. Within the MoJ you will provide Finance Business Partnering to senior business leaders responsible for delivery of prison services in England. Our business colleagues operating within Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (an Agency within the MoJ), are highly committed professionals who seek to protect the public and rehabilitate offenders.

More information can be found at: www.justice.gov.uk

There are Four Band B roles available:

Finance Business Partner: Public Sector Prisons

As a Finance Business Partner, you will be key member of the finance team, working with other members of the team, wider MoJ Finance colleagues and key stakeholders from the Business Area we support – HM Prisons.

You will provide support to the strategic finance lead of one of these geographical areas:

Yorkshire

  • Doncaster DN7 6EL
  • Hull HU9 5LS
  • Everthorpe HU15 2JZ
  • Leeds LS12 2TJ
  • Doncaster DN7 6EE
  • Doncaster DN7 6BW
  • Wetherby LS23 7AZ

North West

  • Buckley Hall OL12
  • Hindley WN2
  • Risley WA3
  • Thorn Cross WA4
  • Kirkham PR4
  • Preston PR1
  • Wymott PR26

North West (Long Term High Security Prisons).

  • Manchester M60 9AH
  • Leyland PR26 8NE
  • Wakefield WF2 9AG

You will support specific prisons as well as working flexibly across the region as required. Postcodes have been included within each region for your reference. Location will be discussed at interview.

You will have a level of authority and respect to proactively influence decision making and help drive continuous improvement. You will be a trusted adviser to stakeholders, providing support and independent challenge.

This role will build on your experience of finance fundamentals and provide the opportunity to help in managing finances within Public Sector Prisons

Responsibilities

As a Finance Business Partner, you will need to understand the prison business area that you support and the way they operate in a prison environment. You will build trust with decision makers so that your advice is actively sought.

You will be the financial advisor to a range of operational colleagues. You will need a clear understanding of the financial management arrangements of the MoJ – from budget setting to in year control and support to the financial accounts as necessary. You may be required to help develop business cases or to help demonstrate value for money. At all times you will be upholding the integrity of financial management in the public sector and the need to ensure value for money for the taxpayer.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Stakeholder Engagement – develop and maintain strong partnerships with key stakeholders. Help improve their financial awareness and provide accurate and credible advice on financial management and wider governance issues. Actively contribute at business meetings and be proactive in looking for efficiency.
  • Financial management – co-ordinate your business area’s annual financial planning activity and provide information and advice to support effective financial control in year. Present and explain financial information clearly and offer advice to inform decision making. Understand the cost drivers of the business and carry out analysis of information to improve efficiency and understanding.
  • Service delivery – deliver high quality outcomes to meet stakeholder needs and give value for money. Identify risks and resolve issues efficiently.
  • Critical friend to the business – you will feel confident to challenge business colleagues on their spending plans and keep a focus on outcomes and business priorities. Give advice to support decision making, encouraging options analysis and appropriate governance. Use your insight to add value.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Part Qualified with CCAB, CIMA or equivalent. If not, a willing to work towards qualification
  • excellent financial management skills and a proven ability to apply them effectively
  • high credibility with senior colleagues and stakeholders and the ability to influence decision-making
  • the ability to analyse and communicate financial information in a clear and understandable way

Desirable skills and experience

  • Interested in the Ministry of Justice’s services, stakeholder landscape, delivery partners
  • Experience of working in the finance function in central government
  • strategic and commercial skills gained from working in, or together with, other specialist areas such as commercial, policy, IT, HR or delivery.

Additional Information

Civil Service Success Profiles – Behaviours and Strengths

The Civil Service looks for strong evidence of effective Behaviours as set out in the Gov.uk guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles. We will look for demonstration of these Behaviours in your application and then the interview process.   At interview we will also ask you questions about Strengths to find out what you enjoy doing and what you do well.

Post location is flexible within each region. It is expected that each successful candidate will live within reasonable travel distance of their prisons (Generally travel of 1-2hours) in their region and will be expected to visit in person on average once or twice a month.

These posts will be on the MOJ Band B national salary range. Fully qualified candidate will be placed on a specialist grade.

These interviews will be conducted via a Microsoft Teams video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

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)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.