Connecting Talent to opportunity

Connecting Talent to opportunity

Group Finance and People Director


Job Description:

This SCS1 role fulfils the role of Group Finance Director with responsibility to oversee and assure financial and workforce planning and reporting of programmes and directorates within the Group as well as the financial and benefits plans of the business cases of programmes within the Group.​

The team’s purpose goes beyond financial management: it aspires to provide a function that successfully supports and challenges the group to improve its performance and accountability. We do this by also driving the group strategy, purpose, identity and implementing business process improvement practices.​

We are a strong strategy, planning and performance function that brings together the expertise of finance, risk/assurance, business change and policy/strategy professionals, and requires excellent relationship skills from all.  It’s an open and inclusive function that brings together the best skills to support the group to deliver against its objective. ​

Our key purpose is to:  ​

  • Articulate the strategy and purpose of the group so that we are helping the group to deliver against it and support how Change is delivered in HMRC ​
  • Making sure at group level we are front-footed, focusing on what’s important not just urgent, what we could/should be doing not just what needs to be done  ​
  • Lead and provide enabling corporate functions within Change Delivery Group by providing tailored and effective support around key functions (such as business change management, approvals, Group financial management, risks, governance, workforce). 

The main purpose of this post is to effectively support the directorates within Change Delivery Group by overseeing and assurance of all financial, workforce planning and reporting (totalling ca. 1100 FTE and ca. £430m annual budget).  Postholder will ensure that approval points, policies and procedures are followed, as well as overseeing and assuring financial and benefit plans (including benefit realisation plans) within the business cases of the Group’s programmes. ​

The postholder will thereby be the Finance Director for the Group, who in addition to managing their own team will also matrix manage finance teams embedded within programmes and ensuring that financial controls are applied and business cases are of a suitable standard.​

Other usual roles and responsibilities for a Finance Director of a Group, such as corporate management of the Group, are currently going through a wider organisational design review and may therefore form part of the responsibilities of this postholder going forward (with correspondingly resourced teams reporting to the postholder). In the interim, a close working relationship with the Deputy Director leading this area is required to understand the risks, governance and assurance picture across the Group and the corresponding links to Finance.​

The postholder will also lead the Group’s people strategy and associated People Group, focusing on improvements for the Group and driving action plans to address issues identified.

Person specification

We are seeking an experienced leader and manager with strong resource planning, budgeting, forecasting and benefit experience and a demonstrable track record of delivering results. We want to hear from candidates with both experience in, and a real passion for, supporting HMRC’s change programmes. We require someone who has the skills and experience to drive forward the change management agenda in HMRC, comfortable to operate in a matrixed way, building on the great work that has already been done.​

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate relevant experience and effective delivery of the following essential criteria:

  • Recognised finance qualification – CCAB, CIMA or equivalent.​
  • Proven financial leader with a strong track record in delivering and improving financial and resource planning, project costing, budgeting and forecasting, and benefits management at significant scale and complexity.​
  • Excellent leadership skills, with expertise in building capability and engagement and improving performance across financial and wider professional teams, including through matrixed leadership. ​
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering investment business cases and driving and improving the value for money of investment cases. ​
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, demonstrated ability to nudge and improve finance and process governance and controls across an organisation.​
  • Demonstrated ability of being the most senior financial adviser of an executive leader. 
Benefits Alongside your salary of £75,000, HM Revenue and Customs contributes £20,250 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Job Type

    Permanent, Full Time

  • Additional Salary Info

    Please note standard pay rules apply for existing Civil Servants

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  • Industry Sector Public Sector & Services