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Assistant Director, Large Business, Scotland & Northern Ireland

Posted: 2 Apr 2021 Closes: 28 Apr 2021
Belfast, Edinburgh, 71,000
Permanent & Full-time HMR_110390

As senior leaders in Large Business, Assistant Directors
play a key role in leadership within the region. The Assistant Director will be peer managed by the Regional Deputy Director. As a senior leader in Large Business, you will own a wide portfolio of responsibilities:

Key Responsibilities:
You will play a key role in leadership within the region,
building technical capability, building engagement and
facilitating change.

Assistant Directors manage HMRCs relationship with
the UKs largest and most complex business customers
who are high profile, household names.

Overseeing the departments interaction with their
significant customer operations, tax/duties payments,
multi-national aspects, frequent politically sensitive
issues and regular large-scale mergers and acquisitions.

Assistant Directors also lead on specific tax or
leadership issues across the Directorate or the wider

Establish, build and maintain professional
relationships with key senior customers across tax
and business responsibilities

Develop a deep understanding of customers and
their business drivers influencing their attitude to

Discuss, explore and resolve complex tax planning
issues with customers; resolving differences of view
where possible

Ensure CPD is up to date and share expertise with
HMRC colleagues

Carefully manage complex, sensitive and potentially
challenging reputational issues

Lead large scale national projects across customer
groups, sectors or risk themes to deliver compliance

Ringmaster communications and interventions,
including appropriately involving HMRCs specialists,
ensuring successful delivery of outcomes
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Coach and mentor Customer Compliance Managers
and tax professional colleagues, building capability
and troubleshooting complex cases

Fully support and advocate for HMRC Race Equality
Action Plan. As one of the department's senior
leaders, you will inspire our people as we build an
inclusive culture within our regional centres and
help create a great place for all our people to work.

Person Specification
As senior leaders in Large Business, Assistant Directors play a key role in leadership, building technical capability, engagement and facilitating change.

You will be able to demonstrate:

. Leadership - Experience of providing visible leadership to support long term strategies, with a proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged and high performing workforce and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

. Strategic awareness - Experience of formulating, leading and implementing strategies, policies and programmes which cross organisational boundaries.

. Communicating and influencing - The ability to manage effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders at senior level, strong collaboration and influencing skills to build an effective network of key stakeholders quickly. Excellent communication skills to engage confidently in a wide range of situations.

. Delivering at Pace - Strong customer service ethos and focus on delivery with the ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances and tight timescales as priorities evolve and escalate issues for resolution.

. Specialist knowledge and experience - Recent compliance experience of working on the most challenging and complex tax technical issues. Knowledge and experience of the Oil and Gas sector is desirable.

Academic/Professional Qualifications - The post requires the individual to have either:
Core Professional Training or be 'Fully Trained' Inspectors or Chartered Tax Adviser.

AIIT (Including Paper 4*) or CCAB or a Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies membership qualification e.g. Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS), Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).


Learning and development tailored to your role
An environment with flexible working options
A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
A Civil Service pension

Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead, and youll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, youll be entitled to a large range of benefits.

This includes:

. 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.

. This will be complemented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queens Birthday.

. Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle.

. A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire.

. Flexible working patterns and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours.

. Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.

. The use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable).

. Occupational sick pay.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

See our vetting charter.

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

Selection process details

To apply for this post, please send the following to the email provided:

A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years. Also please highlight which Professional Qualification you posses.

A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to email a CV and a Statement of Suitability will mean we only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that the two documents contain your full name.

Should you encounter any issues with your application please get in touch with us on:

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please contact us.

The panelwill assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the Person Specification section. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

A decision is expected to be made by week commencing 10th May 2021 and all shortlisted candidates will be advised of the outcome shortly afterwards.

All shortlisted candidates may be offered an opportunity to have an informal conversation with a member of the panel. This is not an assessment phase but is an opportunity for each candidate to gain greater insight into the context of the role. This is optional, but highly recommended.

An application pre-sift will be conducted by the SCS Recruitment Team followed by a full in-depth review by the Vacancy Holder and Panel.

If you are shortlisted, you may be asked to take part in a psychometrics test. These assessments will not result in a pass or fail decision. Rather, it is designed to support the panels decision making and highlight areas for the panel to explore further at interview.

You will then be asked to attend an interview in order to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence. Due to the current government restrictions the interview will take place via video link (full instructions will be issued).

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates should they be required.

Regardless of the outcome, we will notify all candidates as soon as possible.

We will send you a copy of any report for any assessment that you may have undergone as part of the recruitment process (where applicable).

Please see the attached candidate pack for further information

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 (or eligible for) status under 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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