81296 - Strategic Finance Advisor

The national salary range is £39,868 - £43,535, London salary range is £45,824 - £50,039. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
1
12 Months
National
National
NATIONAL
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SEO
SEO
Permanent
Full Time, Flexible Working
Finance, Policy, Strategy

Job Title/ Position Strategic Finance Advisor
Grade SEO
Number of Vacancies 1
Business Group Financial Strategy and Partnerships
Directorate 
Location National

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

The Finance Strategy & Planning Team is responsible for setting the financial strategy for the Ministry of Justice and delivering our medium-term financial plan. We work with colleagues in every area of the department and at every level to make sure that finance is at the heart of decision making and that when developing our strategic plans, we understand and have gained buy-in from policy, operational and corporate colleagues. We also represent the department to HM Treasury, for whom we are the main link, including in negotiations over the department’s financial settlement. 

FSP is a friendly multi-disciplinary team, representing policy, finance, and strategy experience. We work hard to foster an inclusive atmosphere and value a broad range of experiences in the team. We have a good record of colleagues leaving these roles on promotion and to other high-profile roles in Private Office and at the centre of Government. 

Role Summary 

SEO Strategic Finance Advisors play an important role in the department’s work, at the intersection of finance planning, policy, strategy and operations. The role covers a wide range of policy areas.  You will lead within the team on a portfolio of issues, to ensure that finance is at the heart of strategic decision making.  You will report to a Grade 7 who will provide support and direction. You will be expected to develop proposals and make effective decisions within your scope of responsibility. The role requires you to have good written and numerical skills, and the ability to make sound judgements. You should be able to explain complex information clearly to a wide range of individuals including non-finance colleagues. You will also need to manage stakeholder relationships carefully and work collaboratively with a number of teams across the ministry and with the HMT spending team.

The role is high-profile, fast-paced and varied. You will be comfortable managing the conflicting demands of a focus on long-term objectives with emerging day-to-day issues. Good prioritisation skills are essential and you should be able to work well in uncertainty, proactively making links between relevant teams and projects to resolve issues.

You do not need experience of working in the finance function. The Finance Strategy team includes people from a range of backgrounds and the role would be well suited to someone from a policy or strategy background seeking to understand financial strategy, or someone from a finance background who is able to work at a strategic level to deliver departmental outcomes. First and foremost, you will be professionally curious and motivated to understand the needs of multiple stakeholders and to deliver high quality outcomes for the department.

Working in this team will provide unrivalled experience of the interaction of financial strategy with policy and operations, providing insight into both worlds. You will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to driving strategic decision-making and develop a good understanding of the big picture regarding overall ministerial priorities and how the work of the department supports the delivery of the government’s agenda on law and order.

Responsibilities 

• Managing, on behalf of the team, the relationship with business groups across the department including developing a detailed knowledge of how the business group operates, its key objectives and challenges and supporting the business group to resolve any financial issues. 
• For a defined portfolio of policies, lead the MoJ relationship with HM Treasury in support of the Department’s strategic objectives. 
• Acting as a critical friend to business groups and policy leads, challenging assumptions where appropriate and using your expertise to advise on handling strategies.  
• Providing high quality, accurate advice to Ministers and senior stakeholders on the financial implications of policy proposals or proposals that change key assumptions underpinning the strategic financial plan.  This will include quality assuring and challenging plans and proposals submitted by business groups. 
• Leading for Finance Strategy and Planning on one-off high-profile projects and key strands of cross departmental work that will feed into the overall financial strategy for the department or may have a downstream financial, operational or policy impact. 
• Reviewing cross-government policy proposals, including clearance requests and Cabinet Committee papers, to ensure that the financial implications are understood and managed appropriately. 
• Supporting the development and delivery of options for upcoming Spending Reviews, working with business leads across the department, including analytical services and private office, to ensure these align to Ministerial priorities. 
• Contributing to the wider work of FSP including delivery of L&D events and internal comms to increase the wider department's awareness and knowledge of financial events and processes. 

Other duties

The post-holder will be expected to work flexibly within the team and be willing to take on additional responsibilities where necessary. 

Skills, Knowledge and Experience 

Essential

• Confident in leading on novel problems whilst maintaining professional curiosity, with a proven track record for problem solving.
• Excellent stakeholder management skills, including the ability to work across boundaries to influence and gain confidence of senior leaders.

This can be a fast-paced role and you will be comfortable managing the conflicting demands of a focus on long-term objectives with emerging day-to-day issues. Good prioritisation skills are essential and you should be able to work autonomously and take the initiative to make links between relevant teams and projects to resolve issues.

Entry Routes 
This role may be suitable for staff with the required skills and/or experience from within finance, policy or private office/strategic roles

Progression Routes


Staff in this role often move on promotion to G7 within Finance, Policy or Private office, or into other high-profile SEO roles. Posts include opportunities in other government departments (OGDs), including HMT. 

Behaviours Required 

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.

You will be asked to provide a CV and a statement of suitability of up to 1000 words setting out your skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the role. You will be assessed against the following behaviours at interview: 

• Making Effective Decisions
• Seeing the Big Picture
• Delivering at Pace
• Communicating and Influencing

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

Professional Skills 

Key for Levels of Professional Skills

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

Strategic

Analysis and Insight P
 Oral and Written presentation skills      E
 Data and analysis interpretation      W
 Influencing Senior Leaders and Ministers
(Including drafting skills) E
 Proactive problem resolution P

DESIREABLE

Negotiating with pragmatism W
 The Budgeting Framework W
 Understanding the role of NAO W
 Supporting the PAC Agenda W
 Government Financial reporting and governance requirements W

Qualifications 

There is no requirement for this specific role to be qualified.

Travel

This role will require regular travel to the MoJ office in London, frequency will depend on business need and will be agreed with the Line Manager. As a guide, this may be once every 1-2 months, but is likely to be more frequent at certain times, such as during fiscal events. 

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.

You are advised to access the JCC/JSO office map, which is updated whenever a new JCC/JSO site opens,  to determine potential travelling times and distances to MoJ locations before applying for a job.

Application Process

To apply please complete the online application form. Applications will be sifted by a panel who will look at the Civil Service Behaviour framework and what is evidenced in your application. 

Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift or progressed straight to interview. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.  

Candidates who are successful following the sift process will be invited to interview, where the behavioural elements and strengths will be tested further alongside other elements of the post. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates in advance of the interviews.

A merit list will be held for a period of 12 months from which appointments for future vacancies may be made. 

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.

For further information please feel free to contact PIP@justice.gov.uk

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.

Expected Mid December

27/11/2023, 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 - 81296.

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

Experience
CV
Statement of Suitability - 1000 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours
Seeing the Big Picture
Making Effective Decisions
Delivering at Pace
Communicating and Influencing
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.
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.