Head of One HMG Finance

Job Title: Head of One HMG Finance
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £36,247 plus London location allowance of £5,000 per year
Job Published: April 30, 2019 12:18

Job Description

Shape and influence how the UK government funds overseas work

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. Through the One HMG Overseas agenda, we aim to remove barriers to joint working, so that all staff working in the UK government overseas can deliver the UK’s objectives more effectively and efficiently. This includes the provision of overseas estate and corporate services for other government departments – partially funded through financial contributions of £250m per year from those departments

The role

Gain exposure across Whitehall, supporting the government as it considers the overall size and shape of its overseas presence. Specifically, you will lead a small team in the FCO which manages the financial aspects of One HMG overseas. You will own the financial charging model which takes in data from various sources to share costs fairly.  This includes calculating annual charges, and engaging with 30 other government departments to agree charges and successfully recover around £250m of income each financial year.  You will also lead thinking on how this charging system might evolve through the 2019 Spending Review, and as a result of improvements in technology (such as the introduction of a new FCO Oracle-cloud ERP system). 

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 area of government work.  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 accountancy software such as Oracle.


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