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  • Remote working
  • to £475 per day (Within IR35)
  • Contract , 3 months
  • Full time
  • Industry: Government, HR, Legal & Finance
  • Discipline: Finance Management, Estates / Property Management, Accounts, Account Management, Stakeholder Management, Procurement, Project Management

Our government client is currently looking for a Finance Manager for initially 3 months contract at £475pd inside IR35.  


Contract Length: 3 months with possible extension  

Location: Flexible - remote working  

IR35: Inside  

Pay Rate to Candidate per day: £475 (Umbrella)  


Minimum Requirements:  

• Ability to understand complex financial reporting issues, and interpret both international accounting standards and adaptions to accounting standards relevant to a government department;  

• Experience of accounting for property, plant and equipment under IAS 16 and for intangibles under IAS 38 for assets that have been constructed or generated in-house  

• Experience of making judgements relating to directly attributable costs that can be capitalised or the recognition criteria of intangible assets and documentation of rationale for such judgements  

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders;  

• Ability to constructively challenge information that has been presented in order to determine whether the appropriate accounting treatment has been applied  

• Ability to translate financial terms and requirements of accounting standards to non-financial individuals and report technical findings and resulting impacts to senior audiences  


The roles support delivery high quality robust service to the whole of Group Finance and departmental group. You will provide strategic oversight to key financial matters that affect delivery, through process ownership of Procure to Pay, Expenses and GPC across the Group and associated compliance activity. Management of a specialist claims handling service. They are key in supporting the improvement of the financial controls across the business and driving efficiencies through self-service and automation. They ensure the provision of a quality service to the business by managing a range of complex relationships working internally and with external partners to deliver successful outcomes. The primary role during this time is to manage the above workload across teams supporting those resources released as part of the ‘Next Wave Programme’. The Next Wave Programme is a Government Major Project delivering an enterprise wide move to move to standard services, common processes, improved data, working practices across corporate services and to effectively manage the transformation needed across Group. A fundamental part of the programme is the implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (and Business Process Outsourcing Services. This work links closely to cross-Government Global Process Design principles and Civil Service interoperability  


Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to:  

• Leadership of the Compliance and Claims team. Overseeing compliance activity across Expenses and Procurement Card Expenditure, as well as providing a specialist civil claims handling service to the Agency.  

• Leading a team who use a variety of skills and techniques, encouraging and motivating the team to deliver at pace and to a high standard.  

• Act as Group Process owner (policy and system) for Procure to Pay, Expenses and Procurement Card functions. Including leading the Group network, representation at cross government groups and forums and with our Shared Service provider.  

• Demonstrate strong analytical skills to Investigate and resolve complex service issues and queries from users and stakeholders. .  

• Provide expert finance advice and process guidance as process owner, to review processes, identifying, implementing and embedding improvements and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to improve processes, championing the alignment to Global Process Design and contributing to the Finance Transformation program.  

• Championing the finance service by leading improvement projects as part of the Finance Transformation programme and wider Corporate Services including payment improvements, data analytics software upgrade and collaborating with Commercial on E-Market place implementation.  

• Understanding, managing and communicating between complex stakeholder groups, including Finance and other Corporate Services team’s, business areas, Shared Service provider and contracted suppliers. As well as successfully influencing front line service users.  

• Keep guidance and documentation updated in line with requirements and communicate widely. Provide a center of knowledge and advice to wider staff, on GPC and T&S matters  

• Contract owner for the Government Procurement cards program, solicitor services for claims handling, ensuring value for money and delivery of service.  

• Analytical skills to assess detailed financial transactions and identify potential issues as well identify root causes of issues  

• Motivation or initiative to follow up potential issues with little direction/supervision  

• Adaptable and willing to review priorities with senior management to meet the needs of the business  

• Flexible approach to work across teams;  

• Strong project management and organisational skills.  

• Strong Microsoft Excel skills and ability to pick up skills to use new/unfamiliar software  

• Experience as an auditor is desirable  

• Experience of leadership management within a diverse operational business area that can be used to build capability, such as training, mentoring, shadowing, standards;  

• Experience of establishing the most efficient ways of working, harmonising and standardising processes across entities and optimise resource levels to deliver the service going forward. Formal qualifications are not essential for these roles, but candidates should be qualified by experience and ability to demonstrate key skills and experience.

  • Quote ref: 4783/55690

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