Assistant Finance Business Partner - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£25,259 per annum - £26,120 per annum
14 Jun 2019
02 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

About the job Job description

Are you a motivated team player who enjoys working collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues? 

Would you like the opportunity to further develop your skills in finance support? 

If so, we would love to hear from you. 

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) where you will provide financial support to MCA within the Directorate of Strategy & Corporate Services (DSCS). 

As Assistant Finance Business Partner, you will support the Finance Business Partners in the delivery of their daily activity. You will work collaboratively with various stakeholders to ensure timely and accurate reporting of financial data for Senior Management and External groups. You will also provide confident challenge to budgeting and forecasting information. 

Role responsibilities: 

• Support the Finance Business Partners in delivering accurate and timely information to Director of DSCS and Chief Financial Officer in their roles on the Senior Management boards. 

• Gain an in-depth, detailed knowledge of DSCS and the Agency through discussions with staff at all levels and through interpretation and analysis of relevant financial and non-financial data. 

• Work closely with Finance Business Partners to identify opportunities for analysis and modelling of financial and non-financial data to determine trends, correlations and other statistical information which impact on business decisions. 

• Support the Finance Business Partners in compiling annual budgets and delivering accurate monthly forecasts, providing significant challenge to management. 

• Support the Finance Business Partners with delivery of financial and non-financial data to external stakeholders and identify emerging financial pressures and opportunities for savings. 

• Provide assistance to Finance Business Partners in delivering annual reporting obligations. 

• Ensure accounting standards are adhered to when business decisions have a financial implication. 

• To assist the FBP's with financial elements of business cases for capital spend approval. 

About you 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual who is part qualified CCAB or equivalent or has the willingness to undertake professional training. You will be eager to enhance your knowledge of the wider finance function to support your own development. 

Being an effective communicator, you will deliver information clearly with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels. 

You are confident in working alongside Directors and Senior Managers with the ability to successfully challenge where required. 

Having effective Microsoft Excel skills, you will navigate and understand worksheets confidently and have a desire to build upon these skills to utilise the wider functions including formulas. 

You have an eye for detail and can analyse and interpret both financial and non-financial data in an accurate and timely manner. You can identify trends, correlations and other statistical information which might impact business decisions and ensure business standards are adhered to. 

About us 

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea. 

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas. 

Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. 

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency 

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Please tailor you Personal Statement to evidence your experience of : 

- developing and maintaining financial models and tools, excellent Excel skills including the ability to work effectively with large amounts of different information and analyse different data sets 
- working effectively under pressure and managing conflicting demands on time whilst still delivering high-quality and accurate information 
- budgeting and monitoring against monthly and annual forecasts 
- developing and maintaining collaborative relationships and challenging stakeholders effectively at all levels of the organisation 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 

• an interview with one or more exercises 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 
• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

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.

Working for the Civil Service

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants

For further information about this role please contact Neil Farley 
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Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 4th July. 

Interview/assessment are likely to be held w/c 22nd July. 

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out. 

Further information

There may be a requirement to travel occasionally within the UK which may require overnight stays. 

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

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 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 

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. 

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact 

Government Recruitment Services via email: 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. 

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