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Finance Profession Lead to the Government Finance Function

£52,500 - £57,000
HM Treasury


HM Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.

Public Spending Group sits within the HMT and is responsible for:

• Setting the Government’s spending plans (spending reviews) and ensuring they are delivered;

• Reporting to the public and Parliament on public spending (including estimates and Whole of Government Accounts); setting rules for budget management and the accounting framework;

• Setting policy on public sector pay and pensions;

• Driving up the capability of Government Finance and developing the management information, tools and frameworks to better understand and ensure value for money; and,

• Work closely with the Cabinet Office to deliver the Efficiency Agenda.

The Government Finance Function ensures that finance is at the heart of decision making in Government - driving the agenda, not just keeping score. The function is led by Cat Little (DG Public Spending, HMT). Vicky Rock is Deputy Head of the Function. The Finance Function comprises of over 10,500 FTE spread across 39 Government organisations across the country.

The Function needs to move at pace to make further progress towards its vision and the decision has been taken to strengthen and formalise the functional centre for the Government Finance Function, aligned to the Civil Service Functional Leadership model.

The Government Finance Function exists to:

• set and embed functional standards;

• build capability and manage talent across the Function;

• shape the business, communications and engagement strategy for the Function;

• drive cross-cutting functional transformation to ensure alignment to a common vision and strategy;

• develop and manage a consistent view of functional performance;

• drive collaboration between departments, working across departmental boundaries to progress functional priorities; and

• ensure clarity over functional leadership and decision making.Priorities for the People & Capability team include;

• Developing a high performing, capable and diverse Function for the future, with great people in the right roles with the right skills

• Learning & Development – the Government Finance Academy (GFA), determining the future strategy for the GFA ensuring a future focussed and sustainable model to deliver a high quality learning and development offer for the Government Finance Function.

• Talent Management: developing a robust and diverse talent pipeline through a dynamic and engaging talent management strategy.

• Encouraging a diverse and inclusive environment across the Finance Function.

• Developing an attractive reward and retention strategy to help attract and retain great people.

• Resourcing and strategic workforce planning to ensure succession plans are in place for the function’s pivotal roles.

• Building excellent links with networks across Government to utilise expert services and embed our initiatives in departments, sharing knowledge, best practice and resource.

As the Finance Professional lead for the Government Finance Function you will be part of a wider team, implementing the People and Capability Strategy for the function. At the heart of this work is the need to build strong and diverse functional capacity and capability, by attracting, developing, training and retaining functional specialists across government. The Government Finance Academy (GFA) is responsible for delivery of the Government Finance Function Learning & Delivery Strategy 2019-23 focussed on building financial capability for finance and non-finance professionals across government by delivering an excellent learning and development offer accessible to all.

Success in this role will require you to work across Departmental boundaries as a trusted partner, utilising your professional skills and experiences building a strong network of relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including Professional Institutes and HMT technical teams amongst others to identify capability needs and promote finance professionalism to support the GFF priorities and over-arching strategy.

The role offers a great opportunity to work across organisational boundaries, linking into HMT and GFF alike, utilising your finance and people skills.

Build strong collaborative relationships with professions, functions, senior managers, customers and stakeholders across the Function to deliver its priorities. This will include:

• Working with the Head of Finance Capability, Learning & Development to build professional credibility and expertise across the Government Finance Function, including working across functional capability projects.

• Build and maintain strong cross-departmental relationships, (including the GFF central teams across the Treasury and Ministry of Justice), working alongside departmental subject matter experts and finance professionals to identify capability requirements and skills gaps, feeding into the development of our Government Finance Academy Curriculum and Learning & Development offer within the context of the Strategy for the Government Finance Function.

• Responsibility for ensuring we have robust data from across the function on capability requirements, training needs and skills gap analysis to feed into our review and development of the GFA offer, utilising your professional experience to review and challenge.

• Using your finance technical skills and knowledge of working in Government to provide subject matter expertise across the People and Capability team, including quality assurance of L&D material to ensure accuracy and appropriate context for the target population.

• Build relationships with the accountancy institutes and other partners to support professional development and training of staff across the Government Finance Function.

• Acting as a trusted finance professional advisor to the senior leaders, including Finance Directors and Heads of Finance Professionalism, with personal and professional credibility to be effective at all levels.

• Work with the Learning Delivery Manager to ensure delivery of the GFF Learning & Delivery Strategy and adherence to the Delivery model.

The post holder should be an experienced Finance professional, who is:
• CCAB or CIMA equivalent qualified; or
• Working towards a finance qualification; or
• Evidence of financial experience working across a variety of roles within a finance function, highly desirable is experience and awareness of the finance professionalism and learning and development offer.

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
Flexible working arrangements:

HM Treasury views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including; working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.

We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.

At HM Treasury we have an incredibly broad remit; our work touches every citizen of the country. So, it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are able to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.


• 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
• Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
• Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
• Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
• Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
• Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
• A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
• A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

1. Communicating and Influencing: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to influence key groups and individuals, representing the Function across Government (Lead Criteria).

2. Leadership: Able to work effectively with broad range of staff across boundaries; making connections and bringing people along with you when driving the agenda forward.

3. Working Together: Strong stakeholder management skills. An excellent teammate with the ability to work flexibly across a fast paced but rewarding team.

4. Changing and Improving: Develop and deliver products, advice and strategies that build on existing mechanisms, ensuring that delivery of key work areas maintains relevant, valuable and evidence based.

As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current HM Treasury member of staff, you will need to bring:

• Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
• Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months
• Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60
• If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.

Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview.

Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.

Eligibility Statement

Individuals appointed to the Treasury Group will be subject to National Security Vetting. To allow for meaningful checks to be carried out applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 out of the past 5 years. A lack of UK residency in itself is not always a bar to security clearance but the Department will need to consider eligibility on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

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.