Senior Qualified Accountant

02 Sep 2021
01 Oct 2021
Contract Type

About the job


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has and promote inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all. Our recruitment process is anonymised, which means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

Senior Qualified Accountant 

Salary: £38,654

Location: Swansea 

Are you a qualified accountant with strong accounting and interpersonal skills?

Are you committed to providing an expert and professional service to your stakeholders?

Do you have previous experience of financial management and budgets?

If you’ve answered yes then we want to hear from you and show you our opportunities for an exciting and rewarding career in DVLA Finance.

Job description

DVLA Finance is a vibrant and dynamic place to work and at the forefront of the modern working agenda. We offer a new approach to finance, flexible working and the opportunity for you to grow and express yourself in a dynamic and forward thinking team.

Our strategy is to be at the heart of decision making, providing both insight and foresight. We are experts in our field providing a professional service to customers and stakeholders. We operate within seamless governance and assurance processes that aid not delay and will transform our own services alongside wider business transformation, harnessing developments in technology, regulation and customer demands.

We are looking for a qualified senior accountant to join a pool of finance professionals in our Finance and Assurance Services Directorate (FAS) to help deliver this strategy. You will develop a deep understanding of our business, working with colleagues and stakeholders across different disciplines to drive the agenda. As a pool accountant you may be required to work on rotation within any of the following business areas to support, develop and provide evidence or advice on financial process, models and procedures, acting as business partner:

• Financial Reporting including Annual Report and Accounts
• Financial Planning
• Financial Modelling
• Investment Appraisal
• Commercial Finance


Include but are not limited to;

• Business partnering.
• Accountancy support as appropriate to the business area.
• Development of financial models as appropriate to the business area.
• Advising on financial policies, processes and procedures.
• Completing assignments in compliance with the terms and conditions agreed at the outset.
• Ensuring individuals and team colleagues adhere to Data Protection, Security, Health & Safety policies and understand relevant employment law.

About You

You will be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge of accounting skills including management and financial accounts preparation and experience of partnering with business stakeholders would be advantageous. Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills are essential including the ability to communicate effectively with all audiences, promoting collaborative working across the Agency. Attention to detail and accuracy is key supported by mature Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills.

You will be a CCAB or equivalent Member and be able to see the big picture, understand high level plans and have the foresight to identify the long term implications this can have on a business area. You will be able to develop financial models, provide financial advice and work autonomously with the ability to deliver against tight deadlines.

DVLA are following government guidelines and the majority of Finance staff are currently working from home. This is likely to continue until the end of 2021, this however is under continuous review. Once it is possible to do so the current expectation is that Finance staff will be located in the Swansea office to allow for ongoing support, development and collaboration with colleagues.

DVLA supports flexible working, and whilst the majority of Finance staff are currently working from home, we are working towards introducing a hybrid model, under which working arrangements will be driven by the requirements of your role in agreement with your line manager.


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

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


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.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVLA visit our Careers website.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

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

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

You will be assessed against the evidence provided within your CV and personal statement. Within your CV and personal statement, please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following:

• Performing financial analysis and communication of the outcome to senior stakeholders
• Providing advice on financial policies, processes and procedures
• Partnering with a variety of stakeholders at all levels.

The sift is due to take place week commencing 4th October 2021.

The Interviews are due to take place week commencing 18th October 2021.

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

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 invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions around behaviours and how you would respond in any situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

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

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

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 visit our Careers website.

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

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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