Department for Transport
Birmingham, Leeds, London
About the job
Salary : National – £48,774 & London – £54,105 (RRA attached to the posts for up to £5,000)
Locations : Birmingham, Leeds or London
We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.
Are you experienced in reviewing business cases and submissions?
Do you have a natural flair for sharing complex financial issues with others in simple terms to promote understanding?
Would you like the opportunity to test your experience in a high profile and challenging yet rewarding post?
If so, we would love to hear from you! Job description
Joining our team will see you supporting the Finance Business Partner Lead in delivering assurance on the financial position and performance of the Group, so that effective action is taken on a timely basis. This role ensures high quality financial management is embedded throughout the business and that regular, robust, timely financial information and detailed analysis is provided to key stakeholders to enable quality decision-making. By working with stakeholders at all levels within the business, you will actively demonstrate the benefits of working closely with the Finance Team through improved outcomes.
Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
– Providing sound financial advice and management to the Directorates and Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs), challenging and supporting Directors and Budget Managers in managing spend on a portfolio basis. Communicate with and influence Directors and Budget holders in an improved understanding / learning of financial policy and departmental position.
– Understand the business – Develop a full understanding of the policies and cost drivers of the Directorates’ spend ensuring they are monitored at a sufficiently granular level that corrective actions can be taken to address financial issues.
You will be able to work on your feet using previous experience of problem solving to make timely and effective decisions.
You’ll be highly motivated and an effective organiser, which will allow you to work fluidly in fast paced environment, remaining flexible at all times.
Your natural communication skills, will mean that you are confident in coaching and supporting others. Your ability to quickly build meaningful and trusting relationships with your colleagues and stakeholders regardless of their seniority allows you to influence and challenge where necessary.
This role is suitable someone who is qualified under one of the main five Consultative Committees of Accounting Bodies [CCAB] i.e. ACCA; CIPFA; ICAEW; ICAI or ICAS, or CIMA, or who is actively studying toward these qualifications or has equivalent experience which would provide them with the technical knowledge required to perform this role and can clearly evidence this.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.
Find out more about what it’s like working at the Department for Transport .
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Verbal test. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.
Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on the 22nd February 2021. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.
Please provide us with a CV & Personal Statement. When preparing your CV & Personal Statement, please ensure to evidence the following:
• Maintaining effective relationships to understand stakeholder/colleagues’ needs and priorities
• Experience in reviewing business cases and submissions
• Experience in communicating complex financial issues to enable individuals with little financial knowledge to understand the key messages.
• Experience in planning and/or project management of projects/programmes or policy
The sift is due to take place from 24th February 2021.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from w/c 8th March 2021.
This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview and written exercise.
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website .
To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.
Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.
Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website , which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
Further information on nationality requirements
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles .
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.
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