Corporate Finance Advisor

Birmingham, Leeds, London
£48,774 National salary - £54,105
25 Oct 2021
19 Nov 2021
Contract Type


Birmingham, Leeds, London

About the job Summary

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Are you an experienced corporate finance professional looking for an outstanding opportunity to shape some of the UK’s largest infrastructure and transportation projects?

Would you thrive in a role where your commercial advice, guidance and experience will shape ministerial policy, focus on ensuring tax payer value for money and make a real difference to the public and country?

If so, we would love to hear from you. We are currently looking to recruit a Corporate Finance advisor to join our team to use their commercial skills to help shape the development of major infrastructure projects happening in the UK.

Job description

This post is an excellent opportunity to work alongside a wide stakeholder base to undertake high profile and challenging projects on which you will provide insight to ministers and other project leaders on important commercial issues. This is an amazing opportunity to work within a highly respected and inclusive team where challenges and ideas are shared and navigated together.

The Corporate Finance Advisory Team in the Department for Transport (DfT) is a well-established, highly skilled and widely respected team of Corporate Finance professionals which advises the Department on the feasibility and funding of some of the UK’s largest and most significant infrastructure projects, programmes and policy initiatives across the Department and its arm’s-length bodies. Our team use their commercial skills to shape ministerial policy, and focus on ensuring Value for Money for the tax payer. We are looking for up to two experienced corporate finance professionals to join our team, and help to shape exciting infrastructure projects that make a real difference to the public and the economy.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to

- Providing high quality corporate finance advice on projects and programmes across the department

- Working with members of the Corporate Finance Directorate and colleagues within the department to execute high value transactions

- Providing commercial insight into policy formulation and transaction structuring expertise

- Managing a changing portfolio of projects while delivering to tight deadlines, prioritise work and adapt your style to meet the differing needs of your clients

- Providing assurance on commercial issues in line with the department’s internal review and approval process

For a more detailed description of the role, please see the attached role profile

About you

Are you an experienced Corporate Finance Professional, with an ability to communicate complex issues clearly across all levels of a business? If so we would love to hear from you.

We’re looking for candidates with excellent commercial, financial, analytical and project management skills, who have experience of working with a wide and varying stakeholder base. The role suits someone that is confident applying their commercial expertise to influence decisions, thrives in managing a dynamic and challenging workload and welcomes autonomy to their role.

You’ll have strong interpersonal skills with the capability to provide guidance and information to inform decisions at all levels of government.

These roles are an amazing opportunity to work on high profile projects on a daily basis. Therefore, you will be highly diligent with a strong focus on attention to detail, to ensure your work informs senior leadership and Ministers in achieving departmental objectives.

Additional information

This role may involve some travel to attend meetings up to once a month dependant on business need. You will be provided with full notice if this does occur and this is not a mandatory requirement of the role.


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

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


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

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.

Selection Process

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.

The sift is due to take place w/c 22nd of November

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 13th of December

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 and a presentation

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

How to apply

As part of your application please submit a CV and Personal statement.

For your CV tailor this to clearly demonstrate your experience of leading on or playing a prominent role in the design, development and execution of transactions or deals in one or more of:

• Corporate and/or project finance;
• Regulatory finance;
• Infrastructure finance (advisory, commercial structuring, investment or lending);
• Asset sales; and/or
• Insolvency and restructuring

For your Personal statement, please demonstrate the following criteria only:

• Your experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team (e.g. working with/for legal, financial, technical advisors)
• Your experience of communicating complex information to senior stakeholders through summary papers or presentations
• Your experience of applying commercial expertise to set a direction, you should also include how this was used to influence decisions
• Your experience of managing dynamic and challenging workloads to meet tight deadlines

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.

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

Further Information

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

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Ian Shore Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

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