Senior Finance Manager (SEO)

London (Greater)
£37,240 - £43,190
27 Nov 2017
27 Dec 2017
Job Role
Finance Manager
Public Sector
Contract Type
Level of qualification
Newly qualified, Part qualified, Qualified

Defra has a number of Senior Finance Manager roles in Business Partnering supporting Defra’s plans in preparing for EU Exit, and Finance, Planning, Performance & Governance.  As a Senior Finance Manager in Government you will work across all parts of the Department including providing support to Ministers, Directors, senior managers and our Non-Executive Directors.  The roles will involve working closely with colleagues from across the business areas to deliver successful outcomes and you will also assist in providing Ministers and officials with insightful financial analysis to inform decision making. 

Finance Business Partner roles - as a business partner your role is to collaborate with colleagues across the organisation. Acting as the face of Finance and taking Finance to the heart of decision making. As a critical friend to the business, you will ensure stewardship of public funds, efficient and effective use of budgets.

Finance, Planning, Performance and Governance role - this role requires oversight of Defra Group’s in-year budget, including monthly financial reporting to the Executive Committee; and oversight of the future allocations process. It requires you to work closely with key stakeholders across the Defra family, including Executive Committee members and Ministers.

Key Duties of the Roles

  • Working alongside Defra Directors and Network Bodies on developing EU Exit work, ensuring Finance is at the heart of decision making; protecting value, driving value and adding value.
  • To provide professional financial advice to Directors and senior management.  Primarily, supporting on financial planning, budget management, improved decision making and ensuring robust controls.
  • To be a key liaison point between the Finance function and the rest of the organisation and, at times, external bodies. To build in depth understanding of the business, how it operates and the critical path for delivery.  
  • To facilitate efficient and effective financial management across the Department by ensuring that the Finance agenda remains a key part of decision making across Defra and the Group. Advising the business on good financial management and adherence to the principles and conditions of Managing Public Money.
  • To ensure, when necessary, appropriate financial responses to unplanned events and emergencies that impact budgets, escalating issues as appropriate.
  • To support the development of improved financial planning and reporting in the Department and Defra Network. Provide accurate, timely and insightful financial reporting in accordance with month-end timetables ensuring compliance with all relevant requirements and guidelines.
  • To work with colleagues to review the Department’s portfolio of activities and spending plans to ensure alignment with Ministerial Priorities.
  • To analyse information from programmes and other data sources in preparing monthly Management Information reports to inform Management Committees.
  • To provide support to projects and programmes to improve performance and delivery of value for money.
  • To lead and support in solving problems and provide trusted advice and options of how they may be overcome to reach a positive solution.
  • To assist in driving forward change proposals to make Defra Group Finance a more efficient and effective function, by making a positive contribution to both the Defra Financial Operating Model and Government Finance Profession initiatives.



Essential Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of central government financial rules.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey strategic implications of complex financial issues.
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically about financial management issues.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Good IT (Excel) and accounting system experience.
  • Adaptable and willing to review role and priorities to meet the current and future needs of the organisation.


  • CIMA, CIPFA or ACCA Part Qualified/Qualified.

Key Competencies

  • Collaborating & Partnering
  • Leading and Communications
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Selection process details

Applications will be sift on the Lead Competency ‘Collaborating and Partnering’ and candidates need to meet the required sift score before they will progress to the next stage.

Successful candidates will be invited to a mini Assessment which will include a 45 minutes competency based interview, 20 minutes Presentation and 20 minutes Stakeholder engagement roleplay.

Closing date: 1 December 2017

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