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Financial Accountant

£37,503 - £45,054
Southend Airport
HM Revenue and Customs


Corporate Finance fulfils a vital role at the heart of HMRC. We are responsible for ensuring that HMRC plans and manages its performance, makes good decisions and is held to account on accurate financial and performance data. Our activity helps HMRC account excellently for everything HMRC does.

The International Accounts Team is part of the External Reporting and Analysis in Corporate Finance and is responsible for producing a number of financial statements to calculate part of the UK contribution to the EU.

This role provides an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic person to work within a small team to help drive the transformation of tax accounting, initially by working on changes required through EU transition. As a qualified or part qualified accountant you will work within your team to aid transformation and at the same time gain assurance that the newly developed systems and processes will correctly account for tax and report accurate data.

This is an exciting time to join HMRC Finance and will provide a unique and useful insight into the work HMRC undertakes in the collection and accounting for taxes.As part of Corporate Finance, the External Reporting and Analysis team plays a crucial role in providing both Financial and Management information across all areas of the Department, accounting for over £600bn of tax revenue. The team has responsibility for production and assurance of all the Departmental Tax Accounts. These include the Trust Statement (TS), National Insurance Fund (NIF) accounts for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Whole of Government Accounts (WGA), monthly in-year tax management accounts, financial statements/accounts for the European Commission and the Isle of Man accounts.

Over the next 3/4 years HMRC will be transforming its tax accounting by moving everything from old legacy accounting systems onto a modern IT platform. This will support HMRC’s goal to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world. Additionally, EU Transition and Devolution will drive changes to the way we account for certain taxes.

Within this small team the main responsibilities of the role are to:

• Provide accounting knowledge by supporting teams who will be delivering changes to accounting processes as a result of EU transition and development of any future required accounting systems;

• Consult and offer accounting advice to the team responsible for signing off HMRC system/process changes on risks/issues and appropriate financial controls to ensure accounts production requirements are met;

• Act as a key contact for the Customs audit handling team and EU inspectors;

• Work with stakeholders to ensure that any recommendations from NAO auditors and EU inspectors in relation to accounting systems and processes are dealt with in a timely and effective manner;

• Provide timely and helpful professional advice on accounting issues;

• Ensure that all regulatory and statutory requirements are met and HMRC policies and procedures are adhered to;

• Maintain a detailed overview of account production processes and data flows relevant to the tax accounts and monitor any areas of risk identified;

• Work alongside dealing with EU Transition and devolution issues and processes;

• Help other Financial Accountants with resolving problems and covering their workloads when required;

• Leading and developing other team members with potential for management responsibilities.

Essential Criteria

Full professional qualification through one of the following six bodies:

• Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
• Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
• Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
• Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
• Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)
• Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)


Partially qualified through one of the above six bodies where full qualification will be completed with two years of joining HMRC.

• Experience of accounts preparation and dealing with auditors;
• Experience of using modern accounting IT systems;
• Working knowledge of accounting standards;
• Good communication and report writing skills;
• Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.

Desirable criteria

• Experience of using SAP/Oracle;
• Experience of IT systems development;
• Public sector finance experience;

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department’s Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

Please also find attached 'Your little extras booklet' for further information.Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a Personal Statement, CV and 2 behaviour examples:-

1) Communicating and Influencing
2) Working Together

Personal Statement – this should outline, in no more than 1000 words, how you meet the essential/desirable criteria, your suitability for the role and what experience you bring to the role.

Behaviours – you should submit a 250 word example for each of the following behaviours:

• Communicating and Influencing - Put forward your views in a clear, constructive and considerate manner. Use an appropriate method of communication for each person such as an email, telephone call or face-to-face, taking into consideration their individual needs. Use plain and simple language, being careful to check written work for errors. Consider the impact of language used on different groups of stakeholders. Remain honest and truthful when explaining opinions. Listen and ask questions to ensure your understanding.

• Working Together – Develop a range of contacts outside own team and identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning. Show genuine interest when listening to others. Contribute to an inclusive working environment where all opinions and challenges are listened to and all individual needs are considered. Ensure it is clear that bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable. Offer support and help to colleagues when in need, including consideration of your own and their wellbeing. Change ways of working to aid cooperation within and between teams in order to achieve results.

Please use the ‘STAR’ technique when writing your examples to enable you to provide a meaningful and complete answer for assessment. For those not familiar with STAR, it is an acronym that stands for:

• Situation • Task • Action • Result.

To note, we are not expecting any of the examples demonstrated in the above behaviours to be covered within your personal statement, as they will be covered separately within your application.

CV - will consist of 2 elements:-

You will be presented with two text boxes. The first will ask for your employment history - here you should set it out like a traditional CV, making sure to following the following format: -

• Name of employer
• Dates worked (to and from)
• Job title
• Brief description of your main role / responsibilities (please ensure you match this section against the job advert / essential / desirable criteria

The next text box will ask you to include any relevant qualifications you may have.

Depending on application numbers an initial sift may be carried out on essential criteria and the lead behaviour – Communicating and Influencing.

Where there is an initial sift on the essential criteria and lead behaviour, we will provide scores to people who do not meet the minimum standard on the lead behaviour only. If your application progresses to a full sift, all behaviours will then be considered and scores provided.

At interview you will be asked to hold a presentation of no more than 10 minutes on the following:

What is the best approach in managing a diverse range of stakeholders when producing a financial statement? In particular when the stakeholders represent different organisations, or parts of an organisation (you can draw on prior experience for examples if you wish).

Application sift is planned to be carried out WC: 9 November. 2020.
Interviews, if required are planned to be carried out WC: 23 November 2020.

Please be advised that the above dates are indicative only and are subject to change.

Applicants who do, or wish to, work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply. The preferred working pattern may or may not be available. You should discuss this with the vacancy holder before you submit your application. Candidates who do not agree their working pattern with the vacancy holder prior to applying may be rejected.

Security Update

If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

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 circumstances 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.

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.

HMRC transformation
HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.

HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 13 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.

These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. Our Regional Centres in Croydon, Bristol and Belfast are already operational.

In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.

If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site.

If you are a current HM Revenue and Customs employee and you joined us through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to a regional centre, a transitional site or a specialist one. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HM Revenue and Customs.

For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Terms and Conditions

Some of HMRC Terms and Conditions of employment changed on 1st May 2013, these will apply to people who are new recruits to HMRC or who take a new job in HMRC on promotion. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information on the changes we made, please note this is not a full list of HMRC's terms and conditions. If you need to discuss how these changes might affect you, please contact the vacancy holder. For further information on terms and conditions please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/about/recruitment#annual-leave


If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information.

HMRC is currently negotiating with departmental trade unions to modify its current pay structure, terms and conditions. Those terms are yet to be agreed but when implemented, we envisage that they will be backdated to 1 June 2020. The pay ranges, terms and conditions advertised will be altered by the new deal (subject to collective agreement) and will apply to candidates who are successful for the role.

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

Further Information

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to HMRC will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the government's Tax Free Childcare scheme.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

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 hmrcrecruitment.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.

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.