Head of Financial Strategy and Planning
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Head of Financial Strategy and Planning
Reporting to: Assistant Director – Strategic Finance
Are you an experienced Finance Professional looking for your next challenge?
Do you thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment?
Would you love to be a part of an organisation that makes a real difference to people’s lives every day?
If so, we would love to hear from you!
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency is an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport (DfT). We are a team of 1,260 staff and 3,500 volunteers. Our Headquarters are in Southampton, and we have office and co-ordination centres around the UK coast.
Our vision is to be a world-leading organisation, accelerating the transition to sustainable shipping with non-negotiable safety standards and we put our people, our customers and our planet at the heart of everything we do.
We aim to:
• be the world’ s best performing flag state
• be a modern, progressive regulator
• grow UK maritime economy & employment
• be the world’s best performing coastal state
• reduce fatalities at sea
• be a world leader in maritime innovation and
• be the go -to centre of expertise for UK maritime
Does YOUR job matter?
What WE do matters!
Our work affects people every single day. Whether at the beach, coast or sea, people rely on our 24-hour coastal rescue service 365 days a year and our Marine Surveyors ensure high standards of safety for all boat users. We understand the significance of our work and achieving our vision.
And Finance is a key enabler.
Our Finance team is embarking on an ambitious transformation programme to provide superior finance business partnering and strategy services to the whole of the Agency. We need to on-board serious finance professionals, who really understand the business we are in, the challenges the agency faces in the medium to long term and can support the directorates to deliver to time, to cost and to quality.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is currently in search of a new Head of Financial Strategy and Planning to take ownership and responsibility of the medium-term financial plans of MCA. You will be directly responsible for ensuring resources are focused on the strategic aims of MCA and that value for money is obtained.
Roles Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
• Developing a medium-term financial plan for the MCA.
• Working with the financial business partnering team, supporting the development and implementation of credible financial plans.
• Undertaking scenario modelling on the medium-term financial plans.
• Leading on spending reviews and other fiscal events and negotiations with the Department for Transport / HM Treasury.
• Delivering a programme of efficiencies and savings across the MCA.
• Providing strategic advice and analysis on financial impact, performance and risk to senior stakeholders.
Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post.
To thrive in this role, you will hold demonstrable experience working in a financial management or financial strategy role. This will be coupled with qualifications in CCAB/CIMA, combined with significant post-qualification experience.
We would love to hear from individuals with a proven track record in delivering organisational change and long-term financial planning. This background will also demonstrate a track record in business improvement, implemented by utilising your superior interpersonal and influencing skills.
We are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you through further development opportunities/qualifications.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Changing and Improving
- Making Effective Decisions
- Delivering at Pace
- Managing a Quality Service
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Government Finance Framework: Finance Business Partner (Level 4)
- Government Finance Framework: Strategic Finance (Level 4)
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.
Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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, Experience and Technical skills.
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.
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.
This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
To apply for this role, you will need to provide detailed evidence of your knowledge and experience of the following sift criteria within your CV and Personal Statement:
- Qualified CCAB/ CIMA with significant post-qualification experience
- Relevant experience in a financial management or financial strategy role
- Track record of business improvement
- Highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills
- Proven track record of supporting the delivery of organisational change
The sift is due to take place from 26th October 2021.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 8th November 2021.
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.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.
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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
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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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Attachments 20211005 Head of Financial Strategy and Planning - Role Profile Opens in new window(pdf, 123kB) Government Finance Framework Opens in new window(pdf, 612kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB)