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Head of Financial Investment Assurance

£47,584 - £54,237
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

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Are you a qualified CCAB accountant?

Do you enjoy building meaningful and influential working relationships with others?

Would you like to be part of a team that has a significant influence on DVSA investments?

If so, we would love to hear from you!DVSA has a complex portfolio of around 20 programmes and projects representing investments of over £140m. These programmes and projects include business changes, estates and digital transformations. All investments are supported by a robust business case, for which this role holder is the Centre of Excellence for both the economic and financial Case.

Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

- acting as Centre of Excellence / Subject Matter Expert for the review and challenge of change proposals and business cases (particularly with regard to the economic and financial cases and including quality reviews) and to consider the wider implications across the Agency, and to cascade information to others as appropriate;

- providing advice, support and challenge on the systems and procedures for considering and approving investment and change proposals, and to support continuous improvement. This includes work to develop a DVSA investment appraisal handbook;

- membership of the Agency’s Investment and Change Committee (ICC);

- leading and acting as a role model for all team members and colleagues, promoting development opportunities and an inclusive working environment.

About you

You will be a qualified CCAB accountant who is eager to work collaboratively with others, building trusting relationships that will allow you to positively influence decisions at all levels. You will have an analytical mindset, with a keen understanding of how your own work ties in to that of the wider business. Your strategic approach allows you to consider future challenges and adapt to these early in a proactive way.

About us

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain's roads.

We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.

We're an organisation that values professional expertise. We work in inclusive and diverse teams. Meeting the needs of the people who use our services runs through everything we do.

We have exciting plans for the next 5 years to continue making our roads safer. Join us on our journey and help us to save lives.

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities, including individuals who identify as female, male, trans, non binary, disabled, black, Asian or minority ethnic etc.

Find out more about working at DVSAQualified CCAB accountant with relevant post qualified experience

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Government Finance Competency Framework
  • Government Finance Competency Framework
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

This includes:
- a generous annual leave entitlement,
- attractive pension options,
- flexible working,
- good career development opportunities,
- a variety of career paths,
- inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.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.

When preparing your Personal Statement and CV, please ensure to evidence the following:

• Experience of quality assuring business cases, by applying the Green Book guidance, and Five Case model, and making judgements about the quality of the proposals (include applying the associated guidance and training in Better Business Case Writing and Better Business Case Review).
• Experience of writing, presenting and communicating technical and financial information effectively to Board members, senior staff and staff at all levels (including to non-experts).
• Experience of contributing to the effective governance of large and complex projects such as participation in project boards, project management or in gateway reviews
• Experience of previous leadership, management and development of staff / teams

Selection Process

The sift is due to take 03/07/20.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held 16/07/20.

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.

How to Apply
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
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 please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Any move to the Department For Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.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.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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