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Finance Business Partner/Management Accounting Officer

Employer
The Home Office
Location
Home Office can offer various locations: Croydon Estate, London - 2 Marsham Street (2MS), Liverpool - The Capital, Manchester – Soapworks, Sheffield - Foundry House, Stoke-on-Trent - Smithfield Two
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Salary band
£40,000 - £50,000
Contract type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time, Part Time
Where will they be working
Flexible

Job Details

Programme Finance Business Partner
This role supports financial decision making within Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) and Home Office critical Programmes. The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Providing accurate financial reporting
  • Strategic financial advice
  • Management information for various projects and workstreams to ensure that programme teams deliver against plans, objectives and outcomes. 

Management Accounting Officer
This is a key post within Accounting Operations and requires the post holder to undertake:

  • Management accounts for within the IMA and 10-point plan portfolio. 
  • Understand key complexities within business areas
  • Liaising with Finance Business Partner teams and operational areas. 

Finance Business Partner (FBP)
The FBP team play a key role in the financial business planning and will be responsible for: 

  • In-year financial monitoring and forecasting of budgets 
  • Provide strategic support and challenge to business areas to ensure that decisions are made with reference to financial information and consequences.

Other roles may also become available, and you will be asked for your preference if you are invited to interview. We will also be able to provide more information on each of the current roles at that stage.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain effective key stakeholder relationships.
  • Provide regular finance project/workstream reports incorporating costs and benefits.
  • Offer input and expert advice, including financial modelling, whole lifecycle costing and scenario analysis.
  • Input into financial case production in business cases.
  • Identify, assess and track benefits.
  • Actively oversee and report risks and opportunities against the latest plan and financial forecasts.
  • Ensure compliance with accounting standards (e.g., Capital Departmental Expenditure Limits (CDEL)/Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits (RDEL) classification).
  • Oversee asset management processes.
  • Implement the corporate system of financial control and ensure workstream financial controls are efficient.
  • Provide constructive challenge, ensuring transparency and proactively addressing emerging trends.
  • Support Lead FBP in strategic finance leadership of functional areas within the business area.
  • Assist with collating iterations of costings for HM Treasury on the IMA in order to secure funding.
  • Supporting the creation of Accounting Officer notes for the Permanent Secretary in relation to various elements of the IMA, updating these when necessary. 
  • Identifying key objectives in communicating financial data.
  • Partner leadership teams to support decision making and governance, including attendance at and influencing governance and senior leadership team/boards.
  • Work with business partners, provide planning models and trend data to inform the annual budget and workforce plans.

Note: The post holder may be required to carry out other duties within the scope of the grade and within the limits of their skill, competence, and training.

Person Specification
Essential criteria

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal skills and authority; able to successfully foster and manage inter-relationships between own team and other areas.
  • Experience of working in a multi-stakeholder environment; the ability to deal with and meet conflicting stakeholder preferences and demand.
  • A proven track record of providing high quality financial analysis and advice across a wide range of complex business and financial issues, with strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Ability to influence others, using verbal and written communication.
  • Experience of communicating and presenting financial information to a non-financial audience.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel.
  • Strong knowledge of financial principles, accounting standards and regulations.
  • Understanding of risk management, change control processes and compliance.
  • CCAB or CIMA qualified or part qualified or currently studying for one of these qualifications.

Desirable criteria

  • Track record of contributing to major programmes, including financial modelling and whole lifecycle costing.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Managing a Quality Service    

Benefits
The Home Office understands that excellent results can only be achieved by investing in and retaining the people who work for them.  
Apart from crunching the numbers that shape big decisions, they look after the interests of their staff. They invest in training and development to enhance skills and offer a good work-life balance to improve well-being and staff retention. As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy: 

  • Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to 8 public holidays and one privilege day 
  • Civil Service Pension schemes – A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • A good work-life balance – family-friendly working options including flexible working arrangements. 
  • All employees will be expected to spend a minimum of 60% of their working time in an office, subject to local estates capacity, by Spring 2024
  • Career development and progression – on and off-site training courses and opportunities to gain qualifications and professional accreditations 
  • A strong ethos of diversity and inclusion 
  • You will also have access to benefits such as: 
  • Season ticket and rental deposit loans 
  • Cycle to work and payroll giving 
  • Staff reward vouchers and support networks 
  • Up to 5 days’ paid volunteering leave 
  • Employee discounts with many retailers 
  • Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave up to 26 weeks’ full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid 
  • Maternity and adoption support leave (paternity leave) of 2 weeks’ full pay 

Disability Confident Scheme 
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. 
Therefore if a person with disabilities is at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 
To support in your application please use the Tips and Tricks Guide 

** Please note, clicking the application link, you will be directed to Civil Service Jobs whereby you can read through the full details regarding the various vacancies within the Finance Directorate at the Home Office. It is strongly advised you read through the advert thoroughly. **

Company

The Home Office is a ministerial department of the British Government, responsible for immigration, security, and law and order. We’re currently leading the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) to deliver the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) critical communications system. ESN will enable fast, safe and secure voice, video and data across a 4G network and give over 300,000 first responders immediate access to life-saving data, images and information in live situations and emergencies on the frontline.

Company info
Telephone
03309121605
Location
N900
Pavilion Drive
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NW9 5EQ
GB

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