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Finance

Senior Finance Manager – 43353
£30,989 - £47,591
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 senior finance manager to manage the financial management 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 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 financial management controls, partnering with teams across the business to support the delivery of our financial objectives. The successful candidate will deliver financial planning and analysis, budgeting, monitoring and reporting; and partner with teams across the business to bring insight and control to financial delivery. The role will have the opportunity to support the Department’s commercial pipeline and help us achieve value for money through our procurements. 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.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:      

  •  Deliver the annual financial management lifecycle, supporting strategic financial planning, budget setting, variance analysis and investigation, and monthly Board reporting.
  • Deliver finance business partnering with teams across the business, building strong working relationships to support deeper financial insight and control.
  • Support change programmes such as finance transformation and contribute to the review of financial policies, procedures and controls.
  • Engage with a wide range of high profile stakeholders, internal and external, to support critical finance processes and implement best practice, for example the Senior Leadership Team, the Board, HM Treasury, and internal and external auditors.
  • Provide professional and supportive management to the Finance Team to drive consistently high standards.
  • Provide finance project support to high priority projects across the Department, to ensure they are run in a financially sound, rigorous way.
  • Support teams in the business to deliver procurements and commercial business cases in order to achieve best value for money. 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA: 

  • Full CCAB qualified accountant (in exceptional circumstances we will consider significant demonstrable experience in lieu of CCAB qualification)
  • Demonstrable experience of reviewing or delivering financial management, budgets or business partnering arrangements
  • Demonstrable experience of design & implementation of new financial policies, procedures and controls 

DESIRABLE CRITERIA: 

  • Ability to take initiative and experience of delivering to a high standard against multiple competing priorities in a fast paced environment 
  • Highly numerate with strong financial analysis skills 
  • Experience of building positive and effective working relationships across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders

Please Note: please upload a suitability statement of no more than 1,000 words setting out how you meet the essential and any applicable desirable criteria. 

 BEHAVIOURS:

 

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • 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 complete 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.
An optional fireside chat will be offered to those candidates shortlisted, prior to attending the interview.
The interview will consist of Behaviour 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 Charlotte Goodrich via e-mail to charlotte.goodrich@nio.gov.uk.

APPLICATIONS

 

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

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.