Deputy Head of Financial Planning

Job Title: Deputy Head of Financial Planning
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £36,247 plus London location allowance of £5,000 per year
Job Published: April 30, 2019 12:21

Job Description

Provide critical board-level advice to guide financial planning

About us

Joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) means making a real difference to the world. The FCO promotes the UK's interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe. We take a strategic approach to our long-term financing needs and to the management of our total core annual resource spend of £1.7bn.  This is particularly important as we prepare for the 2019 Spending Review, which will require detailed planning and analysis of options for managing within the FCO’s overall funding settlement for the next 3-4 years.

The role

Playing a critical role in delivering value for money, you’ll be a key member of a four-person team that provides advice to the FCO Board on future budgets. This will include challenging and analysing data from across the FCO’s global network to develop recommendations on affordable spending plans. Reporting to the Head of Financial & Business Planning, you will lead on managing the financial planning exercise, designing the overall process, capturing data from across the organisation through our Oracle-based budgeting system and ensuring consistency of data to establish the relative balance of funding and spending plans.  You will also oversee analysis by more junior team members, using your financial expertise to provide direction and ensure the FCO Board has the necessary advice and information to match resources with organisational priorities.

About you

This is a technical finance role, which also offers the opportunity to develop complementary soft skills in communication and leadership in a fascinating part of government.  The technical nature of the job demands a strong professional accountancy or finance background. A part or fully qualified member of a CCAB or an equivalent recognised accountancy body (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW), you will have well-developed analytical skills, confidence working with large amounts of numerical data, and familiarity with Excel spreadsheets. Experience of public sector finance would be helpful, as would knowledge of financial planning software such as Oracle Hyperion.


As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits, including:

  • Regular performance and development reviews
  • 25 days of annual leave on entry, increasing to 30 days after 5 years
  • One further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Interest-free season ticket and bicycle loans
  • Competitive contributory pension scheme