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Head of Financial Reporting and Accounts

Posted: 22 Jun 2020 Closes: 2 Jul 2020
Croydon, London £56,133 - £62,855
Flexible hm-land-registry/20200622140021

HM Land Registry (HMLR) are looking to recruit for our Head of Financial Reporting and Accounts. HMLR has set out an ambitious five-year business strategy and aims to become the world leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. 

Reporting to the Financial Controller, this role is key to supporting sound business decision making. You will have the opportunity to apply your financial skills flexibly in a challenging and changing business environment playing a lead role in driving forward change and gaining a range of experience in return. 

You will be our Head of Financial Reporting and Accounts, with significant hands on experience of financial accounts close-down and production, with exposure to a wide range of financial reporting roles and a proven track record of delivering high quality outputs to tight schedules.

Job description

Reporting to the Financial Controller, you will lead the finance and accountancy services, provide accurately and timely financial information in order to support key business decisions, maintenance of financial control and delivery of monthly and annual accounts. 

Working closely with Strategy colleagues and Finance Business Partners to ensure a single approach to standard setting, business planning and budgets. Overseeing the preparation of monthly management accounts, leading the quarterly forecasting and production of compliant, annual financial statements and government accounts. You will be responsible for driving forward changes in response to CIPFA Financial Management review, with a strong focus on improving financial awareness and capability across the business. 

You will lead and manage two functional sub-teams, ensuring effective work with both internal and external stakeholders. 

Success in this role is not defined by the hours worked so we can consider a range of working hours and patterns, however the expectation is the role will require a minimum of 30 hours a week.


You will be fully qualified CCAB Accountant (or internationally recognised equivalent) and member of a CCAB Accountancy body. 

You will have recent hands-on experience of financial accounts close-down and production and experience across a range of roles including financial accounting, financial management and reporting. You will have experience of leading and managing teams and be able to nurture and maintain excellent working relations with key internal and external stakeholders. 

You will have the ability to work flexibly and manage tasks effectively according to priority, acting strategically and developing innovative and practical solutions. 

For more information please see the attached job description.


Fully qualified CCAB accountant (or internationally recognised equivalent) and member of a CCAB accountancy body


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace


A great place to work 
HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs. We offer flexible working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us. 

Where difference is celebrated 
We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve. 

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues. 

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Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

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

Please copy and paste your CV onto the online application form, detailing your qualifications and work history. 

The Statement of Suitability section (in no more than 1000 words) should be used to outline your skills and experience for the role and provide details of how you meet the essential criteria listed below: 
• Recent hands-on experience of financial accounts closedown and production 
• Experience across a range of roles including financial accounting, financial management and reporting 
• Track record of consistently delivering high quality outputs to tight deadlines 
• Substantial experience of leading and managing teams 

The sift will take place shortly after the closing date. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual, blended interview and pre-prepared presentation week commencing 13 July 2020. 

The blended interview will test the behaviours listed in the job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role. We want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested. The best way to prepare for strengths questions is to reflect on what you identify as your own personal strengths, and your preferred ways of working. 

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application. 
Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date. 

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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.

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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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