Assistant Financial Accountant - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
21 Oct 2019
04 Nov 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DR

About the job

Would you like the opportunity to assist in the preparation of a major Government departments financial accounts?

Are you seeking a role that gives you the opportunity to use your developing skillset whilst further giving you the development opportunities in the field of financial accounting?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for an Assistant Financial Accountant to support the preparation of the Department for Transports Consolidated Group Account and the associated processes and controls throughout the financial year.

This role is at the heart of the Department for Transport’s financial accounts team. With support from other members of the accounts team, you will be responsible for assisting in producing the financial statements for the DfT Core department, which has expenditure of nearly £20 billion and over £40 billion of assets. The DfT accounts are laid in Parliament each year and attract a high level of Parliamentary and media interest.

You will be expected to establish and maintain an appropriate level of stakeholder relationship, liaising with DfT’s business units and Arm’s Length Bodies providing guidance and assistance in the achievement of a number of Financial Accounting requirements. Job description

You will have opportunities to support the group consolidation of the DfT accounts, and to develop your skillset whilst working on projects such as the department’s Whole of Government Accounts submission to HM Treasury and other sets of accounts required by Parliament.

You will contribute to the development of the Department’s working level relationships with a wide range of stakeholders across the Government finance profession, including colleagues in Group Finance, the wider DfT business, National Audit Office and HM Treasury.

Key responsibilities will include:
• Assist in the preparation of the quarterly Departmental Accounts. Prepare detailed working papers as required to produce the main financial statements and notes to the accounts.
• Engage and collaborate with other contributors in Group Finance to identify and resolve accounting issues during the year.
• Develop and understanding of the accounting systems used to prepare the accounts.
• Assist in advising and supporting consolidated entities in their contributions to the accounts. Resolve issues with system usage and intra-group transactions.
• Maintain controls over the General Ledger structure and Group Chart of Accounts for the core department and its agencies on SAP ERP (DVSA and DVLA).


You are either a part/fully/qualified by experience accountant. You have the ability to apply financial accounting knowledge and exercise your own judgement to make decisions which impact on the Group’s balance sheet.
A team player, you are a highly organised individual with the capability to perform significant co-ordination to collate contributions from outside the team. You are results-driven with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy.

An excellent communicator, you confidently engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders to build and maintain trusted working relationships. You are an expert Microsoft Excel user, developing models with advanced pivot tables, database functions (including nesting of functions) etc.

About us

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.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

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:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


"Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

This includes:
- a generous annual leave entitlement,
- attractive pension options,
- flexible working,
- good career development opportunities,
- a variety of career paths,
- inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance."

Things you need to know 

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

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

In order to apply, candidates are requested to provide a CV & Personal Statement. Please tailor your personal statement to demonstrate your experience of working alongside stakeholders in a finance / audit role.

The sift is due to take place 5th November 2019.

Interview/assessment will be held week commencing 2nd December 2019.

Interview location to be confirmed.

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

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.

Further Information

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.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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

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.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Kara Elliman Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

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