Head – One HMG Finance Team

London (Greater)
£36,247 - plus London Location Allowance of £5,000 per year
01 May 2019
28 May 2019
Job Role
Head of Finance
Public Sector
Contract Type
Level of qualification
Newly qualified, Part qualified, Qualified

The role
Gain exposure​ across Whitehall, supporting the government as it considers the overall size and shape of its overseas presence. Specifically, you will lead a small team in the FCO which manages the financial aspects of One HMG overseas. You will own the financial charging model which takes in data from various sources to share costs fairly.  This includes calculating annual charges, and engaging with 30 other government departments to agree charges and successfully recover around £250m of income each financial year. You will also lead thinking on how this charging system might evolve through the 2019 Spending Review, and as a result of improvements in technology (such as the introduction of a new FCO Oracle-cloud ERP system).

Roles and Responsibilities
As Head of the One HMG Finance, you will play a pivotal role within Strategic Finance acting as the lead on all One HMG Finance overseas issues. Key responsibilities of the role will include: 

• Owning and updating the FCO’s overseas platform charging model on an annual basis. Working closely with teams across the Director General, Operations division (including the wider Finance Directorate, Estates and IT teams) you will update the charging model to ensure the accurate calculation of annual charges for other government departments (total c£250m per year). You will ensure the continuous improvement of the model to increase the transparency of charging in agreement with the 30 Partner across Government (PAG) signatories of the One HMG Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

• Working with other departments to achieve the successful recovery of in-year platform charges. You will liaise with Partners and the FCO’s internal stakeholders to ensure Platform charging issues are resolved quickly and changes are communicated in a clear and consistent manner. 

• To lead the thinking on the FCO’s platform charging preparations for the 2019 Spending Review. This includes options to refine the charging model, and discussing plans with other departments to reach an agreed approach ahead of formal HMT Departmental negotiations. Preparations will include working closely with the FCO’s ERP replacement implementation team to ensure the new Oracle cloud system will successfully facilitate the agreed approach when it goes live. 

• Providing oversight of the One HMG Finance Working Group as part of the overall One HMG governance structure. Setting the work direction of the group to explore and develop ways to help improve greater collaboration on One HMG finance issues and monitoring progress. 

• Working across the FCO Finance Directorate to ensure platform income issues are factored into interdependent Finance processes, including planning and budgeting, the FCO’s Official Development Assistance calculations and classification of Admin and Programme expenditure. 

• Contribute to cross-team working across Strategic Finance to improve resilience and develop a broader range of capabilities throughout the team. This includes sharing resources to support other teams during busy periods, and identifying discrete projects, which could be picked up by other teams when the One HMG team requires an extra pair of hands. 

Minimum Criteria 
• Due to the technical finance nature of this role applicants should be either a part or fully qualified member of a CCAB or equivalent recognised accountancy body (CIMA)
• Strong analytical skills, confidence working with large amounts of numerical data, and a familiarity with Excel spreadsheets. 

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits, including:

  • Regular performance and development reviews
  • 25 days of annual leave on entry, increasing to 30 days after 5 years
  • One further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Interest-free season ticket and bicycle loans
  • Competitive contributory pension scheme