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Head of Financial Accounting and Reporting – 43348
£43,958 - £63,500
Multiple Locations


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The Northern Ireland Office represents Northern Ireland interests at a UK Government level and UK Government interests in Northern Ireland. We have a wide range of responsibilities, including: underpinning political stability in Northern Ireland; overseeing the Northern Ireland devolution settlement; leading on national security policy in Northern Ireland; addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past; delivering elections and constitutional reform in Northern Ireland; playing a key role in rebalancing the NI economy; representing NI interests, including around the Irish border, as the UK exits the EU. Our small size and diverse portfolio create a stimulating, fast-paced and challenging working environment, with regular engagement with a range of Ministers and senior officials.

About The Role:

The Northern Ireland Office is seeking to recruit a Head of Financial Accounting and Reporting to lead the financial accounting team. With a new Finance Director, the Finance Team are leading a transformation programme to better deliver our finances and maximise value to the business. This transformation will put finance at the heart of business decision making, driving greater understanding, control and value for money across the organisation. This role will be at the heart of this programme, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of the review, design and implementation of new finance systems, processes and controls. The role will be responsible for the leadership of the financial accounting team, reporting directly to the Finance Director. The successful candidate will deliver financial control systems, the annual accounts and reporting process, cash management, payroll and financial governance.

The successful candidate will have ownership and accountability for key areas of the Finance function, providing regular updates to the senior team including the Permanent Secretary. You will contribute to the work of the Departmental Board, Audit & Risk and People & Resources committees, ensuring that robust financial management and control processes are in place and that the Department’s senior management is supported in taking high-level, strategic decisions.

This role will liaise closely with key internal and external stakeholders, including Ministerial teams, budget holders and teams across the business, internal and external auditors, and HM Treasury.

The post is based within Corporate Operations Group in the Northern Ireland Office, a high performing and responsive team that provides high standards of corporate services to support the delivery of the NIO’s objectives and deliver Ministerial priorities.

Key Accountabilities:     

  • Lead the delivery of systems of financial control, ensuring that all transactions are monitored, recorded and reported appropriately.
  • Lead on matters of technical accounting, financial control and assurance across the Department, interpreting international accounting standards and government wide regulations to apply them to the NIO context.
  • Lead the planning and preparation of the Department’s annual statutory accounts, group consolidation and Whole of Government Accounts and ensure that accounting and assurances deadlines are met.
  • Manage our day to day relationships with stakeholders across government, including HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, and internal and external auditors.
  • Lead the financial accounting team of 6 staff, with 2 direct reports.

Essential Criteria:

1.            Full CCAB qualified accountant

2.            Demonstrable experience of design and implementation of new financial processes and controls

3.            Demonstrable experience of preparing or auditing financial statements

Desirable Criteria:

4.            Experience of building positive and effective working relationships across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, and having a credible impact with senior colleagues

5.            Strong written and verbal communication skills, able to comprehend complex technical information and distil it into a format that is widely understandable

Please Note: please upload a suitability statement of no more than 1000 words setting out how you meet the essential and any applicable desirable criteria.


We will assess you against the following Success Profiles behaviours:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving

More information on Behaviours and Success Profiles can be found here.

The interview will be of a blended nature consisting of behaviours and experience, and technical knowledge.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

As part of the application process you will be asked to upload a CV and personal statement of suitability. Your personal statement of suitability (maximum 1000 words) should outline how you meet the essential/desirable criteria.

Applications will be sifted on CV and Statement of Suitability.

The interview will consist of behaviour and technical skills questions.

Security Clearance         

Security clearance to SC level will be required for this post.

Eligibility Sift    

An eligibility sift will be carried out on the basis of the information contained in the application form. It is therefore important that all applicants demonstrate in their application how and to what extent their behaviours are relevant to the above criteria. Those candidates who do not clearly demonstrate that they meet the experience and behaviours will not be invited to interview.

Pay And Allowances      

The successful candidate will adopt the terms and conditions of the NIO.

Neither Detached Duty terms nor relocation costs will apply to this post.

Further Information      

Further information about the post may be obtained from Finance Director Charlotte Goodrich via e-mail to


You can apply for this post through the Civil Service website at: Once logged onto the site go to the civil service jobs page and then search for jobs in the Northern Ireland Office where the application form can be found.

Additional information received after the closing date will not be considered. Failure to provide sufficient information in support of an application prior to the closing date will not be considered as grounds for an appeal if an applicant is not shortlisted for interview.

Any applicants who, because of disability, need assistance in completing the application form should contact MoJ Shared Services on 0845 010 3512.

All applications for employment are considered strictly on the basis of merit.

This job description should not be taken as constituting conditions of employment.

Please note that due to the high interest in NIO opportunities, feedback cannot be given if you are unsuccessful at sift stage. Feedback is available on request if unsuccessful following interview. 

Additional Information

Further information about us

We are a small and friendly department of approximately 200 staff. Due to our size we are able to offer staff more exposure to senior stakeholders and Ministers and the opportunity to work on a broader and more varied portfolio of responsibilities than might be the case in a larger organisation. This creates for an interesting and dynamic working environment in a flexible and supportive team.

Other Benefits

The NIO offers a pleasant, modern work environment which allows consideration of a range of flexible working arrangements which support a good work/ life balance. These include flexible/ alternative working patterns, part-time and job-share options.

Benefits include:

  • Interest-free season ticket and bicycle loans
  • Reward & Recognition scheme

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Northern Ireland Office operates the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, details of which are attached to the application form for this post.

Diversity Information

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as they are under-represented within (department/business area) at this level.

The Northern Ireland Office strives to be an inclusive employer and is recognised by its staff and externally as being an employer where Diversity and Inclusion are valued.

We were accredited as a Disability Confident Leader in autumn 2017.

In March 2018 we won the award for Best Employer for Diversity & Equality in Northern Ireland (small employer category) in a Gala Award ceremony hosted by Legal-Island, a multi-award winning workplace compliance company based in Northern Ireland.

We have an active D&I network supporting colleagues through D&I Advocates.

We want all our people to feel valued for who they are and we are confident that you will find the NIO a warm, welcoming and inclusive place to work.

Further information on civil service careers can be found at

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

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles.

Please contact SSCL ( in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:

Additional Information

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.


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.


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


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


  • 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.


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;

2-     To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

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.