Policy advisor

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 21st June 2021

 

Reference number

120874

Salary

£43,432 - £47,243

Grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

HMRC - Borders and Trade - Customs & Border Design

Type of role

Analytical
Policy
Project Delivery
Strategy

Working pattern

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

Number of posts

16

Location

100 Parliament street or other London offices Stratford/Croydon

About the job

Summary

HMRC

HMRC is a significant employer, with 65,000 staff. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process.

Short Summary

This is an exciting time to join a priority, high profile team within HMRC’s Customs and Boarder Design directorate. The Northern Ireland Customs Policy team is responsible for negotiating and implementing customs aspects of the Northern Ireland Protocol to the EU Withdrawal Agreement. Working in collaboration with colleagues from within HMRC, HMT and across Whitehall, the team will be driving forward policy development to tight timelines, advising Ministers, developing negotiating strategies for Joint Committee negotiations discussions and supporting negotiators, working with solicitors and delivery partners to ensure legislative and operational delivery, and handling a diverse range of partners.

Job description

We are recruiting for roles in several areas across the team with expectations to include:-

Policy

• Supporting the development by HMRC of key elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol. These are fast paced roles that will involve working with a wide range of colleagues across different departments - including HMT and Cabinet Office - and with external partners to ensure timely delivery. The customs elements of the Protocol are high profile and an area of particular interest to Ministers and Senior officials.

• The role the require capacity to engage with a technical area of customs policy and come up with creative policy solutions to some of the complex policy challenges posed by the Northern Ireland Protocol. You will therefore must grasp sophisticated and technical policy quickly and be able to communicate clearly in succinctly both in person and in writing to advise Ministers and Senior Officials on a proposed policy approach.


Strategy

• Working on short term strategic projects to support the evolution and creation of policy solutions or horizon scanning.


Policy Delivery

• Working alongside HMT and OGDs to ensure that deliverable policy is developed.

• Working with delivery and operational colleagues across HMRC to ensure policy objectives and requirements are delivered.


Policy co-ordination

• Supporting the development of policy positions to be deployed by the UK in technical discussions with the Commission on the Northern Ireland Protocol. This will involve policy development and testing efficient and fall-back negotiating positions, as well as providing UK representatives with the support they require by contributing to speaking notes and briefings.

• Working across, HMRC, HMRC and Cabinet Office to help develop the overall strategy for engagement with the Commission by identifying key areas for engagement as well as providing a secretariat function for key strands of engagement.

Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

Ideal and successful person will someone with very recent policy experience.

The successful candidate will be able to work at pace and under pressure. You will demonstrate organisation and prioritising skills and be able to prioritise the demands of internal and external partners with the need to drive forward the development of innovative policy solutions to tight timeframes.

You will have strong analytical skills, quickly developing a strong grasp of the end-to-end requirements of the policy you are responsible for, considering a range of options for solving policy problems in a creative way. You will retain a ‘big picture’ view, working collaboratively with colleagues from across Whitehall to develop policy options that reflect a truly cross-government perspective.

You will quickly develop a good familiarity of end to end expectations on crafting policy, you will need to be able to consider a range of angles for tackling policy problems in a creative way. At the same time, you will retain a ‘big picture’ view, working collaboratively with partners from across Whitehall to develop policy options that show a truly cross-government perspective.

You will be able to represent the team with expertise and credibly with internal partners, including senior officials.

Behaviours

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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Benefits

• 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 department’s Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras booklet' for further information

Things you need to know

Security

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 counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
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, please provide:

• Your CV

• Your personal statement, explaining what you will bring to the role (1000 words max)

Please note that your CV & personal statement should be aligned to the criteria required for the advertised role.

At interview, candidates will be assessed on their experience, strengths and behaviours.

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 Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 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.

Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for CTC is 3 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.

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. 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.

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 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.

Pay

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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
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
need, and any request to work an alternative working pattern should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.
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 hmrcrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 (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.

Apply and further information

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 :  Lucy Dearn
Email :  lucy.dearn@hmrc.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  hmrcrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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. 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: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-recruitment/complaints/

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