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Financial System and Process Lead

Posted: 7 Apr 2021 Closes: 11 Apr 2021
Leeds Regional Centre - Stratford Regional 51,561 - 58,126
Permanent & Full-time -27854451

You will join a welcoming and accomplished team of finance and assurance specialists, who have a wide knowledge of tax and finance accounting systems and processes where you will be provided with appropriate training to develop and hone your skills for this specialist role.

You will provide clear direction to your team and programme areas, giving support, advice and guidance to ensure all changes impacting Finance Systems and Processes are effectively delivered.

Successful candidates will have a variety and breadth of responsibilities:

Motivate, manage and coach your team to build capability, that will ensure efficient delivery of requirements that meet the future demands of HMRC.
Be an effective role model providing leadership by being honest and clear in communications, inspiring others to deliver objectives.
Lead a team of senior caseworkers with specialist knowledge of complex and high-risk project change initiatives and develop strong collaborative relationships which reach across HMRC.
Working with programmes to represent Corporate Finance at a senior level to influencing change ensuring delivery aims align to Corporate Finance and HMRC strategy.
Continually review processes and engage with lessons learned to identify best practice and ensure continuous improvement in line with departmental/customer needs.
Actively engage with senior partners to promote and improve knowledge of Financial Accreditation and raise our profile with projects and programmes.

Note: This is not an accounts production or budget holder role it is a unique role that combines accounting knowledge with delivery of change.

Important: The role requires some travel including overnight stays, sometimes at short notice.


Fully/part qualified accountant (CAAB/CIMA/ACCA or equivalent). If part qualified must be prepared to work to become a fully qualified accountant with support from HMRC.

Highly motivated and self-driven with excellent influencing and organisational skills.

Able to demonstrate either finance, project management, audit or assurance skills.

Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.

Strong leadership, communication and relationship-building skills to motivate a team to deliver.

Ability to analyse information, summarise and use judgement on recommendations.

Be a role model of the Civil Service Behaviours.


Although the following is desirable there will be on the job learning and development, and therefore not essential:

Audit Skills / qualification.
Knowledge/experience in project management and experience in dealing influencing change projects with senior partners.
SAP System skills.
Knowledge of HMRCs Transformation agenda.


Fully or part qualified accountant (CAAB/CIMA/ACCA or equivalent).


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions


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

If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the departments Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

Please also find attached 'Your little extras booklet' for further information.

Things you need to know


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.

As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a Personal Statement and CV.

CV - This will be made up of 2 sections - one section to outline your career history within the last '10 years' highlighting key achievements and one section for you to list your qualifications (if you are part qualified please indicate to what level/stage).

Personal Statement - Word limit 750 words
to include evidence against:

- How you meet the essential criteria
- Suitability for the role; and
- What you will bring to the role

Please make sure you take full advantage of the full word count available.

In the event that we receive a large number of applications, we may conduct an initial sift based on the 'essential criteria'.

Where there is an initial sift , we will provide scores to people who do not meet the minimum standard. If your application progresses to a full sift, your full application (CV and Personal Statement) will then be assessed and scores provided.

If successful at sift, you will be invited to an interview where you will be assessed against the essential criteria, experience, behaviours and strengths.

At interview candidates will also be expected to perform a 5 minute presentation on how they cope with, and influence change.

Application sift is planned to be carried out WC: 12th April 2021
Interviews, if required are planned to be carried out WC: 3rd May 2021

Please be advised that the above dates are indicative only and are subject to change.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments may be made. This does not guarantee that you will be offered a future post.

The Jobholder should be aware of the potential for the risk of financial loss in the day to day work and be responsible for taking action when you or your staff identify instances of this. The Jobholder will be accountable for ensuring mitigating action is taken as appropriate.

Where we have offered multiple location choices, a strict merit order will be applied to all candidates regardless of location preference, however there is only a maximum of one position in Stratford.

These posts are full time however applicants who wish to work alternative working patterns are welcome to apply. The preferred working pattern may or may not be available, agreement will be subject to business needs and any request to work an alternative working pattern should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

Security Update
If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicants details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

HMRC transformation
HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.

HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 13 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.

These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. Our Regional Centres in Croydon, Bristol and Belfast are already operational.

In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. Whats more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.

If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site.

If you are a current HM Revenue and Customs employee and you joined us through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to a regional centre, a transitional site or a specialist one. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HM Revenue and Customs.

For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Terms and Conditions
We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If youre successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. Weve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.

If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information.

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

Further Information

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to HMRC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.
We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.
Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

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

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 youre deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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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