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Finance

Operations Group Forecasting Business Partner – 41647
£30,989 - £47,591
National

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National: Minimum £30,989 – maximum £41,095

Inner London: Minimum £36,798 – maximum £47,591

Standard pay rules apply for existing civil servants.

If the successful applicant is a part-qualified or qualified accountant the relevant uplift will apply.

The Role

The MoJ Operations group, comprised of the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), administers a combined operational scheme budget of approximately £1.7bn.

We are seeking an analytically minded Forecasting Business Partner to lead on the production of income and expenditure forecasts across the group, and to support the production of estimates for work in progress (WIP) provisions.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to dive into the detail of policy and operational plans, as well as interacting closely with a dedicated analytical team, to underpin effective budget management and ensure compliance with financial reporting requirements.

The Person

  • Do you enjoy seeking out information and identifying trends to enable evidence-based decision making?
  • Do you thrive in a complex and continually changing business environment?
  • Are you constantly striving to improve processes through the implementation of new and innovative ideas?
  • Do you appreciate others’ points of view, whilst being able to bring your own fresh perspective to a situation?
  • Do you easily build respect and trust, leading to effective and long-lasting business relationships?
  • Are you able to explain concepts clearly, through a variety of media, ensuring the understanding of your audience?
  • Are you able to focus on the detail in your work, to ensure that the risk of error is minimised?

If so, then a Forecasting Business Partner role in MoJ’s Financial Operations Group could be for you!

The work you will be doing

The MoJ Operations group, comprised of the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), administers a combined operational scheme budget of approximately £1.7bn.

The candidate selected for this role will liaise with policy, strategy and operational teams across these agencies, and work closely with the dedicated technical forecast modelling team to enable the timely and accurate production of medium (5 year) and short term (in-year) forecasts, as well as quarterly WIP estimates for the Statutory Accounts. The effective forecasting and management of this budget ensures that these agencies – and hence the wider MoJ – maintain credible financial management, which is key within the current environment of budgetary constraints.

Reporting to the Operations Group Forecasting Manager, the individual will have considerable experience of organising complex and numerical information to produce useful, clear and understandable outputs. They will display a high level of numeracy, combined with the ability to identify and communicate key messages to a diverse range of senior stakeholders across the MoJ and externally (National Audit Office). They will be comfortable operating flexibly in a fast-moving, policy-driven environment and will be confident supporting the robust governance processes that sit alongside the forecasts and provisions.

The individual will be expected to become the primary subject matter expert on one or more of the LAA, OPG and CICA agencies, and will be expected to maintain specific and specialist knowledge of the prevailing issues therein. Pre-existing knowledge of at least one of these agencies would be desirable, but is not essential.

The individual is not required to be a qualified accountant, however if they are part-qualified or qualified then the relevant uplift will apply. The MoJ is committed to offering apprenticeship programmes to new or existing staff at all grades: the successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply to a range of programmes, including the Finance route to become a qualified accountant.

Assessment Criteria

Job Summary

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the Ability, Experience and Behaviours set out below. Experience and Behaviours will be assessed during the sift process and Ability and Behaviours further tested at interview.

In addition, we are looking to appoint an individual who can readily adapt to changing requirements, applying an analytical mindset to deliver continuous process improvements, and produce work with a keen eye for detail.

We also require a candidate who builds effective business relationships, and is able to communicate their viewpoint clearly and concisely, whilst respecting the views of others.

Ability

The right candidate will be proficient in the use of Excel for analysis and reporting.

Experience

The right candidate will be have demonstrable experience of using Excel to interrogate and analyse data, identify trends and key drivers, and effectively report on findings.

Civil Service Behaviours

The following Band B (SEO) Civil Service Behaviours are essential to this post and will be assessed upon application:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together

Full details on the Civil Service Behaviours Framework can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf

The Selection Process

To apply, please complete the advertised CS Jobs application process. This includes providing your work history on-line and uploading statements explaining how you meet the Civil Service Behaviours and Experience requirements detailed above.

Applications will be sifted by a panel who will look at the Civil Service Behaviours and Experience evidence provided in your application. Depending on the volume of applications a preliminary sift on the Behaviour “Communicating and Influencing” and Experience may be conducted.

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

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.

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.