84206 - Finance Readiness Lead

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
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SEO
SEO
Fixed Term
Up to 2 years
Full Time
Finance

Job Title/ Position        SEO Finance Readiness Lead

Grade    SEO

Number of Vacancies    1 post (A reserve list will be held)

Business Group    Chief Operating Officer

Directorate    Financial Management & Control – Future Finance MoJ Synergy Team

Location    National

Hours    37

Post Type     2 year secondment with a view to extension

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 Ministry of Justice works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, while endeavouring to provide a more effective, transparent, and responsive justice system for everyone who uses or encounters it. We are responsible for prisons and probation services in England and Wales, and for the courts and tribunals in England and Wales and (in some cases) in Scotland.

The Synergy programme has been set up to transform Shared Services in Finance, Commercial and HR, across a cluster of four government departments; Ministry of Justice, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Synergy team as a Finance Readiness Lead. The Functional Readiness roles are based within the functional teams they are supporting, to be closer to their main stakeholders. The Readiness roles will be dealing with change being delivered by the Synergy Programme (procuring our new Finance and HR system and Business Processing Service) as well as leading on delivery of our own MoJ Synergy portfolio  of projects to be delivered in readiness for the new system.

Role Summary

The post offers an exciting development opportunity for the successful candidate to utilise their finance expertise and excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, to work in a fast-paced environment over the finance, commercial and change disciplines. Drawing upon your knowledge and experience, you will have a key role in supporting Finance function readiness, through the delivery of a portfolio of projects from design and feasibility, to testing and deployment.

The role will bring flexibility to pick up a variety of work, and the ability to switch focus at pace is also key to being successful in this role. This role aligns strongly with the Synergy design principles, Government Finance Function Global Design Principles and Data Quality Framework.

Role Responsibilities

Key tasks include:

  • Working with a range of business Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), the post holder will lead on the delivery of a number of readiness projects within a portfolio, for their functional areas of accountability.
  • Developing and delivering board recommendations, through analysis and development of process optimisation proposals, as well as ensuring effective risk and benefit management is maintained.
  • Line management of one individual may be expected. Overseeing the timely delivery of the project products and projects they are responsible for.
  • Be an advocate of the ‘Adopt not Adapt’ concept of Cloud adoption, challenging established ways of working to realise the transformation aspirations of the programme; to move toward standardised or centralised, more efficient ways of working.
  • For your projects; work across a multi-disciplinary team/stakeholder network to build the case for change, gain Design Authority and Project Board approval to proceed to project implementation, or support handover to a Project Manager (where implementation is phased) and become lead SME for design and implementation of the project deliverables.
  • Drive the research and gathering of business requirements for both “as-is” and “to-be” state. Identifying opportunities and consequences of change. Analyse, collate and document information, data, insight and evidence provided by stakeholders, other departments or the Synergy Programme; use intelligent analysis to help inform design decisions on complex issues.
  • Identifying, building, and maintaining strong effective relationships with stakeholders; business users, owners and experts from across the department and Synergy cluster to confidently challenge, influence and negotiate positive outcomes and solutions. Also, for the portfolio of projects overseen, lead stakeholder analysis, develop strategies and ensure communication and engagement is delivered to plan.
  • As well as being a champion of best practice and assessing and understand the impacts of change, the post holder will support the Project Manager to create the required business change products. Leading on engagement with subject matter experts to ensure products maximise benefit realisation.

Essential Skills

To be successful in this role, candidates will have (lead criteria in bold):

  • Finance background with functional understanding of the interdependencies across the different processes, how these processes are delivered and designed within UK government or large corporate finance systems.
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: Order to Cash, Record to Report, Financial Accounting, Inventory, Grants or Non-current Assets.
  • Experience of engaging successfully with a variety of teams / grades e.g. Finance, Commercial, Digital, HR, Operational Delivery and / or external partners, to deliver change / transformation.
  • An ability to gather and use information, data, insight and evidence, using analytical skills to inform decision proposals on complex issues.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to tailor messages for the audience, and effectively engage with and influence stakeholders.
  • Working well in a fast-paced environment by proactively managing and prioritising competing demands and risks, to meet challenging and changing deadlines.

Desirably, candidates will have:

  • Understanding of the Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) market and capability of these systems to be able to automate and streamline processes in future.
  • Knowledge/experience in large scale projects and programmes, and an understanding of project or programme management.
  • MS Projects, Office 365, SharePoint and MS Teams Skills.
  • Prince 2 Foundation or Agile Foundation.
  • CCAB Qualified accountant (or working towards this) or extensive experience of working in finance, with significant expertise.

The MoJ is committed to offering apprenticeship programmes to new or existing staff at all grades.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply to a range of programmes, including the finance route to become a qualified accountant.

Behaviours Required

Success Profiles create 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.

To apply, you will be asked to submit a CV and 1000 word personal statement.

Your Personal Statement should demonstrate how you meet the criteria set out within the Essential Skills.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead criteria.

Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or straight to interview. 

At interview, we will select based on both strengths and behaviours. Interviews will be conducted online using MS teams. Behaviours assessed are as follows.

  • Leadership 
  • Making Effective Decisions 
  • Delivering at Pace 
  • Communicating & influencing

Advert close date – 23:55 Sunday 25 February 2024

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences. If evidence of plagiarism is found your application will be withdrawn

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

Reserve / Merit List

Where candidates meet the minimum criteria for the role but are not first placed, they will be held on a merit list. If there are further vacancies for SEO roles within the Future Finance MoJ Synergy Team in the next 12 months, candidates may be taken from the merit list without running a new recruitment campaign.

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.

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 to end of March 2024.

04/03/2024, 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 - 84206.

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
Leadership
Making Effective Decisions
Delivering at Pace
Communicating and Influencing
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.

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.