Senior Financial Accountant

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 22nd June 2021


Reference number



£58,596 - £66,051


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CFO - Corporate Finance

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of posts



14 Westfield Avenue, Stratford. E20 1HZ

About the job


Are you looking for your next challenge? We are recruiting for a new senior financial accountant to join our team!

As part of Accounting Operations, the External Tax Reporting and Analysis team play a crucial role in providing both Financial and Management information across all areas of HMRC, accounting for over £600 billion of tax revenue. The team has responsibility for production and assurance of all HMRC Tax Accounts. These include the Trust Statement (TS), National Insurance Fund (NIF) accounts for Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI), the Isle of Man (IoM) accounts, the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) and monthly in-year tax management accounts.

Job description

As an experienced accountant you will lead a small team to produce the annual NIF accounts, the IoM accounts and the WGA (NIF) accounts. Working alongside key stakeholders both within HMRC and other Government Departments (OGDs) you will ensure that the National Insurance Fund is governed effectively, and that key controls, risks and issues are managed. In addition, you will work with key stakeholders to ensure that the requirements of the Final Expenditure Revenue Sharing Arrangement (FERSA) with the IoM are met and kept under review.


The main responsibility of the role is to lead and motivate a small team of finance professionals to meet the team objectives:

· Produce Statutory Accounts and Financial Statements to agreed HM Treasury timetables and to the quality expected by the National Audit Office (NAO);
· Work alongside key stakeholders both within HMRC and OGDs to ensure that controls, risks and issues are governed effectively;
· Work with key stakeholders to ensure that any recommendations from NAO auditors are dealt with in a timely and effective manner;
· Provide timely and helpful professional advice on complex accounting issues;
· Ensure that all regulatory and statutory requirements are met and HMRC policies and procedures are adhered to;
· Maintain a detailed overview of account production processes and data flows relevant to the tax accounts and monitor any areas of risk identified;
· Work alongside and assist other Senior Financial Accountants helping to resolve problems and covering workloads when required.


- Proven track record in the successful delivery of accounts preparation and dealing with auditors;
- Experience of using modern accounting IT systems;
- Good working knowledge of accounting standards;
- Excellent communication and report writing skills;
- Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.


- Experience of using SAP/Oracle;
- Public sector finance experience;


Full professional qualification through one of the following six bodies:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)


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

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

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

  • Knowledge of Accounting Standards
  • Ability to communicate technical Accounting concepts clearly and concisely


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
• 22 days leave (pro rata for part time staff), which increases to 25 after a year’s service and 30 days after 10 years’ service.

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


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 security 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, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the selection process you will be asked to demonstrate the following behaviours:

- Working together
- Communicating and influencing

Please use the ‘STAR’ technique when writing your examples to enable you to provide a meaningful and complete answer for assessment. For those not familiar with STAR, it is an acronym that stands for:

• Situation
• Task
• Action
• Result

For Behaviours we are not expecting these to be covered within your Personal Statement, as they will be covered separately within your application.

As part of the application process you will also be asked to submit the following:

1) CV, 2 Sections - Qualifications, Career History.

The careers history section of the CV should start with your most recent or current role, including dates of when you started the role. and the organisation you worked for. It should then go on to cover relevant key duties and achievements.

2) Personal Statement - word limit: 1000 - to include how you meet the essential/desirable criteria, previous experience, relevant knowledge and what you will bring to the role. Please be clear which Accountancy institute you are a member of, the date you completed your studies and the date you became a full member.

Please note that your application may be rejected if you exceed the word count as specified.

Depending on application numbers an initial sift may be carried out on how you meet 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 will then be considered in full and scores provided.

Interviews may cover Experience, Technical Knowledge and the following Behaviours:

• Working together
• Communicating and influencing

Technical elements that will be assessed at interview:

• Knowledge of Accounting Standards
• Ability to communicate technical Accounting concepts clearly and concisely

Application sift is planned to be carried out: week commencing 28 June 2021

Interviews, if required are planned to be carried out: week commencing 19 July 2021

Interviews may be held via video.

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

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 48hours 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 eg Please re-open my application - 120047 & vacancy closing date 22nd June 2021.

Further Information

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.

These post 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 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 Security Check (SC) 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 SC is 5 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.


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

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 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

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Martin Harris
Email :
Telephone :  03000 593309
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:

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