Financial Controls Senior Assurance Specialist

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 2nd October 2022



Reference number



£41,782 - £44,932


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CFO Group - Corporate Finance

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Glasgow - 1 Atlantic Square, 21 York Street, Glasgow, G2 8HS 2 • Leeds - 7 & 8 Wellington Place, Leeds LS1 4AP 3 • Worthing - Teville Gate House, Worthing BN11 1UA


At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our people; 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.

About Group Controller Directorate

Group Controller Directorate is part of the Chief Finance Officer Group within HMRC.  Directorate activities include accounting for all HMRC activity; governance, risk, assurance, and control; finance systems and accreditation, data, and processes for HMRC.

Group Controller Directorate’s vision in relation to assurance is to help steer HMRC towards a better understanding of its key risks and to ensure these are well controlled.

Job description

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Financial Controls and Data Team (FCADT).

You will work in a fast-paced environment, building relationships, and providing specialist financial controls advice and assurance on HMRC’s processes to manage its activities and administer UK taxes, duties and benefits.  This role gives an outstanding opportunity to develop key leadership, assurance and collaboration skills.

About the Financial Controls and Data Team (FCADT)

We are a small geographically-dispersed team whose remit extends across HMRC.  We work collaboratively with HMRC’s Business Groups to embed, assure and improve financial control and finance data standards.

We own and maintain the Financial Risks and Controls Standard and the Financial Segregation of Duties Standard.  Their scope includes all HMRC taxes, duties and benefits processes, and all corporate processes which ultimately lead to payments in/out, or entries in the published HMRC financial statements.

We assure compliance against these Standards across HMRC by:

  • Providing expert advice to Change teams to help ensure robust financial controls are designed into new systems and processes to mitigate fraud, error and money laundering risks.
  • Delivering a rolling risk-based plan of Financial Controls Assurance over existing processes.

We are also responsible for managing internal fraud risks relating to collection and payment of taxes, duties and benefits across HMRC on behalf of the Group Controller.


    Our exciting and interesting role would suit anyone who wants to work in a dynamic environment with a desire to develop their knowledge of HMRC’s systems, processes and controls.  The successful candidate will join a welcoming team, leading on and making a significant contribution to team priorities including:

    • Providing expert advice, challenge and assurance to Change teams to ensure standards for financial controls, financial segregation of duties and finance data are embedded into the design of more complex new and changing systems and processes.
    • Providing assurance over compliance with Financial Controls and Financial Segregation Standards by reviewing existing systems and processes.
    • Working collaboratively across HMRC to reduce the risk of internal and external fraud, error and money laundering in HMRC’s processes.

    The posts do not currently include line management responsibilities, but this may be part of the role in future.

    Person specification

    The successful candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter who thrives on working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.  They will pro-actively manage their own workload and responsibilities, managing deadlines and conflicting priorities to deliver effective outcomes. 

    They will embrace change and will exercise sound judgment (supported by strong analytical and evaluation skills) to identify and resolve problems and make improvement recommendations, including in situations where there is no existing clear precedent, understanding the detail and the bigger picture.

    They will have highly developed interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, with evidence of influencing and engaging in a large dispersed organisation.

    They will thrive on collaborating with others, whether team colleagues or others across HMRC at a variety of grades, influencing stakeholders and building effective relationships to deliver optimal results.

    They will be proficient at tailoring communications to fit the audience and presenting facts and recommendations verbally and in clear, succinct and persuasive papers.

    They will take pride in their work and seek to continually improve team processes.  They will seek and act on opportunities to enhance the Financial Controls and Finance Data Standards.

    NOTE: The role will involve some travel with occasional overnight stays and may include HR management responsibilities.

    The successful candidate is expected to:

    • Remain in post for a minimum of 2 years.
    • Complete training and professional exams to become a member of the Government Counter Fraud profession (if not already a member).

    Desirable criteria

    • Knowledge/experience of one or more of the following:
      • Risk Management in processes/systems
      • Process controls and assurance
      • Control Frameworks
      • Internal Auditing
    • Membership of the Government Counter Fraud profession
    • Experience of working collaboratively:
      • Across grade and business areas
      • In geographically-dispersed teams
    • Learning and development tailored to your role
    • An environment with flexible working options
    • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
    • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

    Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

    Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras and big benefits handbook' for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service.


    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 Strengths and Experience.

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

    Personal Statement

    This should outline, in no more than 750 words, how you meet the desirable criteria, your suitability for the role and what experience you bring to the role.

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


    This will be made up of 2 sections:

    The first will ask for your employment history within the last 10 years highlighting key achievements - here you should set it out like a traditional CV, making sure to following the following format: -

    • Name of employer
    • Dates worked (to and from)
    • Job title
    • Brief description of your main role / responsibilities (please ensure you match this section against the job advert / desirable criteria).

    The second is for you to list your qualifications (if you are part qualified please indicate to what level/stage).


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

    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 you are invited to interview you will be assessed further on:

    • Your experience
    • Strength based questions

    At interview candidates will also be asked to provide a 5 minute presentation on the topic:

    What is more important – managing risks or assuring controls?

    Application sift is planned to be carried out WC: TBC

    Interviews, if required are planned to be carried out WC: TBC

    Further information

    Desirable Criteria can only be used to determine the best applicant in a tie break scenario but will not otherwise form part of the selection process.

    Where we have offered multiple location choices, a strict merit order by candidate regardless of preferred location.

    This vacancy is only available at the specified locations, alternative locations are not available. 

    Your office location is contractual so if you are successful, there is an expectation that you will attend that office location as required by the business.  You need to consider how you will meet this requirement before you apply and discuss any conce3rns with the vacancy holder before accepting any role.

    Your application may be rejected if you exceed the word counts as specified.

    Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than two working days (Monday-Friday) before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is:  - Use subject line to insert appropriate wording e.g. Please re-open my application - 233315 & vacancy closing date 2 October 2022.

    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/Disclosure Scotland. 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 /Disclosure Scotland 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. 

    For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

    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 applicant’s 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 14 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, Portsmouth and Stratford.  

    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. What’s 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. 

    For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

    Terms and Conditions

    We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re 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. We’ve 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. (Please note the attached document could also be called “Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”) 

    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 here.

    HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

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

    Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:

    Please note that this role is unsuitable for contractual homeworkers due to the nature and/or requirements of the role.

    Reasonable adjustment

    We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. Please see our Disability Matters: How we can support you during our selection process booklet for more details. 

    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 you’re 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 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.
    The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
    This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
    Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

    Contact point for applicants

    Job contact :

    • Name : Chris Smith
    • Email :
    • Telephone : 07876 393980

    Recruitment team :

    • Email :

    Further information

    Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned via If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: Click here

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