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Finance

Senior Finance Business Partner Digital and Technology – 45010
£57,331 - £83,600
National

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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 a 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 supports budget holders across the department, assisting them in delivering their financial management responsibilities, ensuring corporate controls and processes are followed and supporting the business areas to have confidence in their financial position and to drive efficiency.

FBP teams work alongside the businesses they support, and have a close understanding of their business to enable them to help drive better outcomes from ensuring that finance is at the heart of decision making. The FBP role is to protect value, drive value and add value to the business.

Role Purpose

This role is responsible for managing the financial business partnering relationship with MoJ’s Digital and Technology directorate. This includes overseeing large Digital and Technology change programmes and interfacing with numerous stakeholders across the organisation. 

The successful candidate will use significant leadership, management, representational and influencing skills both within the organisation and with external stakeholders. This role has a major impact on supporting the achievement of MoJ objectives and is integral to the development of Digital and Technology’s business and organisational strategies.

The successful candidate will have overall accountability for their work area, operating with considerable freedom. Management guidance is likely to be infrequent and the post holder is expected to work autonomously. They will typically deal with high profile, often complex or contentious issues which have many dimensions across their business area and organisation wide.  This may involve solving poorly defined issues without precedent or where potential outcomes are unclear.  The role will use creative thinking to develop new approaches in solving problems.

All Senior Finance Business Partners are expected to contribute to the broader objectives of the finance function, seeking to work collaboratively with colleagues across the group.

Responsibilities

You will combine financial expertise and experience with a deep understanding of finance functions and the wider government context. In addition to leading and developing your team, you will provide expert financial support and advice to multidisciplinary projects, senior colleagues, and stakeholders both within and outside of Digital and Technology. You will show a consistent commitment to delivering value for money in all areas and may often work closely with other functions and external bodies. You may take a technical lead in complex areas such as developing and implementing financial controls, business planning, production of accounts and risk management. You will have well-developed networks and may have worked in other Civil Service or external environments where you will have gained additional commercial and strategic skills.

Civil Service Behaviours

The following Grade 6 Civil Service Behaviours are essential to this post and will be assessed upon application:

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

Please refer to the Civil Service Behaviours Framework, which can be found here, to complete this application: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf

Specific Experience, Ability and Technical Skills Required

Ability

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal skills and authority
  • Excellent communication, networking and negotiating skills
  • The ability to analyse and communicate complex financial information in a clear and understandable way
  • Ability to work across multiple areas, bringing together expertise from a range of teams to drive valued outcomes

Experience

  • A strong track record in team leadership and developing high performing teams
  • Experience of providing professional finance and corporate services to senior stakeholders and influencing business decisions.
  • Experience of building, maintaining and leveraging collaboration networks and partnerships
  • Experience of communicating financial information to a non-financial audience 
  • Strategic and commercial skills gained from working in, or together with, other specialist areas such as commercial, policy, IT, HR or delivery.

Technical

  • A full accountancy qualification, broad experience of public sector finance and knowledge of ‘Managing Public Money’.

Professional Competencies / Requirements

A full accountancy qualification with a recognised professional body.

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 a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Leadership. 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.

Additional Information

Interviews expected from wc 5 July.  We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert but there may be occasions when these will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

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

Feedback will not be provided at the initial sift stage but will be given following interviews.

This role is being advertised on a national basis. We have hub locations across the UK and will work with the successful candidate to identify a suitable location on appointment. As a team we are based Uk wide and it should be noted that the successful applicant must be willing to travel as required. Noting at present we are following government guidance and working from home.

Salary will be subject to location of the successful candidate.

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.

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.