84256 - Senior FBP

The national salary range is £66,314 - £75,810, London salary range is £70,303 - £80,370.Your salary will be dependent on your base location
1
12 Months
East of England, London, South East
Ashford (Kent) , Brighton and Hove , Cambridge , Chelmsford , Croydon , Ipswich , London, Norwich
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Grade 6
Grade 6
Permanent
Full Time
Finance

Location

This role is for a Senior Finance Business Partner (FBP) supporting His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) operations in London, the South-East and East of England. There is a requirement for the successful applicant to be based within the region or near the specified region as travel is required. We have multiple sites in the above geographical locations which provides some flexibility to agreed location.

Hours

37

Post Type

Permanent

Role Type/ Team

Finance

 

Ministry of Justice an Inclusive Employer

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 of choice and ensuring equity of opportunity for all. We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring in terms of their culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

Overview of Role

His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  MoJ is responsible for everything that goes into running the UK’s criminal and civil justice systems, creating the foundations for a safe, fair and prosperous society. We are one of the largest government departments with over 88,000 staff based across England and Wales. We are responsible for 500 courts and tribunals, 122 prisons, the policies underpinning the system and much more.  

The MoJ Finance Function is a high performing group with a commitment to provide the best possible information and advice to our business colleagues.  This role sits in the HMPPS Finance Business Partnering Team and will provide direct FBP support to two HMPPS Area Executive Directors and their operational teams running prisons and probation services.  It’s an interesting business area to support and will give the postholder a fascinating insight into operational challenges and delivery. 

Role Summary

G6 FBPs typically have responsibility across a specific part of the Department, for financial advice, planning and reporting. They develop a good understanding of the areas of the business they support and build and maintain strong relationships at a senior level in their areas of responsibility, across the department, and beyond. They will bring insight and influence to bear through effective advice, presentation, and communication, enabling them to ensure finance is considered in commercial and operational decisions at all key stages.  

Role Responsibilities

  • Stakeholder Engagement – develop and maintain strong partnerships with the Area Executive Directors and their teams. Help improve financial awareness across the business and provide accurate and credible advice on financial management and wider governance issues.  Actively contribute at business meetings and be proactive in looking for value for money and efficiency. 
  • Leadership – lead a team of twenty staff. Establish strong communications across the team and support and inspire staff to fulfil their potential as well as to deliver a highly effective service.  Work collaboratively with the other Senior Area FBP Leads.  As a senior member of the wider finance team, contribute to the ongoing development of the function, keeping an awareness of cross government financial management initiatives. 
  • Financial management – co-ordinate your business area’s annual financial planning activity and provide information and advice to support effective financial control in year. Present and explain financial information clearly and offer advice to inform decision making.  Understand the cost drivers of the business and carry out analysis of information to improve efficiency and understanding. 
  • Critical friend to the business – you will feel confident to challenge business colleagues on their spending plans and keep a focus on outcomes and business priorities. Give advice to support decision making, encouraging options analysis and appropriate governance.  Use your insight to add value.  
  • Business Expert – build an in-depth knowledge of the areas of HMPPS for which you are responsible, understanding the financial and performance drivers, risks, opportunities, and issues. 

Essential Behaviours, Skills and Qualification Required 

Success Profiles enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours, and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role.  For this role we will be looking for specific examples of your experience of the following Behaviours: 

  • Communicating and Influencing (Lead)
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions

Please refer to the Civil Service Behaviours Framework, which can be found here, to complete this application: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf

Interpersonal Skills

Ability to influence and make impact at senior levels through excellent interpersonal and communication skills including building and maintaining networks and relationships.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to put complex financial issues into layman’s terms for non-specialist audiences.
  • A collaborative approach to problem solving and the ability to consider a number of options and scenarios in order to achieve effective outcomes.
  • Leadership, and the ability to motivate and develop a diverse finance team and promote excellence.
  • Leading, promoting and embedding the use and value of data and analytics, in particular as part of senior level reporting. Identifying additional data sources and tools to support specific programmes or areas of spend, keeping aware of developments and changes in technology.

Professional Skills

Key for Levels of Professional Skills

  • A = Awareness
  • W = Working
  • P = Practitioner
  • E = Expert

Core

Level

Budgeting, Forecasting and Costing

P

Commercial acumen

P

Investment appraisal and evaluation

P

Strategic analysis and insight

P

Performance and Risk management

P

Accounting officer responsibilities

W

Oral and Written Presentation skills

E

Data and analytics interpretation

E

Useful

Level

Taxation

W

Interpretation of accounts

W

Government financial reporting

W

Supporting the PAC agenda

W

Understanding the role of NAO

W

Risk management and Fraud

W

Qualifications

You must be a CCAB, CIMA or equivalent chartered accountant. 

Travel

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas).

There is a requirement for the successful applicant for this role to be based within the London/South-East/East region or near the specified region for the post.  The postholder will be appointed to an office/hub location within their region, this will be discussed with the successful candidate. 

Candidates will be expected to work 3 days a week at their base location or another MoJ establishment – this includes travel across the region which can be on average 4 or 5 times a month.  Travel to your primary office location will not be paid for by MoJ but If required to attend a location other than their base location, post-holders may be entitled to claim some or all of any extra expense (beyond the usual base location travel costs) in line with the MoJ travel policy.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

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. 

Application 

Please apply for this post by 16 February 2024.  You will be asked to complete the following as part of the online application: 

CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Provide employment history that relates to the essential criteria, and that any gaps in employment history within the last 2 years are explained. 

Personal Statementof up to 750 words, explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the essential Behaviours and skills described above.

It is likely that the sift will take place within a week after the closing date and interviews 3-4 weeks after the closing date though this is subject to change. 

Should we receive a large number of applications, we will sift primarily on the lead behaviour of Communicating and Influencing. Successful applicants will then be invited to an interview, testing both behaviours and strengths. 

Interview 

Please note that interviews will be held in person in London. 

During the interview, we will be assessing you on the four Behaviours included in the application and Strengths from the Success Profiles framework. You will also deliver a presentation (details will be provided to candidates invited to interview). 

Further Information

Please contact Elaine Dean, Head of Finance Business Partnering for Prisons and Probation, England for more information about the role.

elaine.dean@justice.gov.uk

Qualifications
CCAB or CIMA Qualification or equivalent

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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.

MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

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.

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.

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 moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Mid March

26/02/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 84256.

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.


Application form stage assessments

Behaviours
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Leadership - 250 word limit
Seeing the Big Picture - 250 word limit
Making Effective Decisions - 250 word limit
Experience
CV
Statement of Suitability - 750 word limit
A sift based on the lead behaviour, Communicating and Influencing, may be held if a large number of applications are received. If a large number of applications remain after the initial sift, your application will be progressed to a full sift, where all behaviours will then be considered.

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours
Communicating and Influencing
Leadership
Seeing the Big Picture
Making Effective Decisions
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.
Additional Assessment(s)
Presentation
Any candidate who has been assessed as being appointable to the role they applied for may be offered a similar, lower grade role, if one is available. Furthermore, any candidate who has just missed meeting the criteria for a particular role, may be appointed to a similar role at a lower grade if such a role is available, and if they have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the lower grade role. These appointments will also be made in merit order.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.