Systems Accountant

National Savings and Investments

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 26th September 2023



Reference number



49,000 - 53,000
c53,000 London; c49,000 Durham, Lytham, Glasgow
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Grade 7
NS&I Band 4

Contract type


Business area

NS&I - Finance

Type of role


Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



Durham, North East England, DH1 1SL : Lytham St Anne's, North West England, FY8 4TS : Glasgow, Scotland, G2 8JX : City of Westminster, London (region), SW1P 3BT

Job summary

The NS&I finance function is looking for a motivated systems accountant to join our friendly, knowledgeable team at the heart of NS&I. This new role will maintain strong financial controls by ensuring the integrity of our financial system through implementing policies and procedures, delivering an organisation wide suite of training and identifying and correcting system issues. Managing the financial system contract, the post holder will escalate system issues with the provider, tracking timely resolution.

As the organisation moves from a single outsourced provider, to a multi-supplier model, the need to ensure our financial system and associated processes, are fit for purpose is paramount. The post holder will be responsible for fostering a culture of continuous improvement, engaging with stakeholders across the business to ensure effective financial reporting and management. Key to achieving this will be building a strong relationship with our finance business partnering team, developing them as super users for the wider business.

The post holder will also play a key role in the NS&I corporate services systems project, leading discovery, and financial requirements for our new systems helping the organisation determine the optimum corporate systems solution.

Job description

Please see the attached role profile for a full list of key responsibilities

Person specification

Essential qualifications

  • Qualified Accountant (CCAB) Consultative Committee Accountancy Bodies/CIMA with significant post qualification experience OR
  • Part Qualified Accountant (CCAB) Consultative Committee Accountancy Bodies/CIMA with significant appropriate experience.

Essential experience

  • Extensive financial systems experience
  • Demonstrable experience of maintaining and monitoring of financial controls and processes.

Essential technical knowledge and skills

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel

Essential technical knowledge and skills

  • Financial accounting proficiency with up-to-date knowledge of IFRS accounting standards.
  • Highly numerate with excellent financial analysis, investigative and problem solving skills.

Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively as part of a team and build effective relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
Alongside your salary of 49,000, National Savings and Investments contributes 13,230 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

NS&I is one of the largest savings organisations in the UK with 25 million customers and more than 207 billion invested. We are both a government department and an Executive Agency of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Our origins can be traced back over 150 years to 1861.

A small company with a big reach we offer a range of benefits to include flexible working, great opportunities for development and a generous pension scheme. We care for colleagues, respect one another, invest in our people and manage talent effectively.

Some benefits of working at NS&I include:

    • Learning and development tailored to your role
    • An environment with flexible hybrid working options
    • 9 day fortnight scheme
    • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
    • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
    • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days, increasing to 30 days
    • Performance related variable pay bonus
    • Enhanced Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

To apply please click the link on this advert and follow the steps to complete the application form by 23:55pm on 26th September 2023.

In your application you will be asked to provide the following;

  1. An outline of your career history and qualifications with your key responsibilities and achievements.
  2. A Statement of Suitability (max 750 words) focusing on your experience of the following essential criteria;
    • Extensive financial systems experience
    • Demonstrable experience of maintaining and monitoring of financial controls and processes.
    • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel

Applications will be sifted on each of the key criteria in the statement as well as your employment history and qualifications. If shortlisted you will be invited to attend a 1 hour panel interview via video call.

The interview questions will focus on all of the selected assessed behaviours listed above.

Interviews are planned to take place on the 12th & 13th October 2023

Note we are unable to accept CVs.

This role is subject to Baseline Personnel Security Standard and financial credit checks.

The minimum part time hours for this role is 30 hours a week.

Reserve List

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

Working for NS&I

NS&I is currently trialling a Hybrid Working Policy and colleagues are expected to work in their office location a minimum of 40% of their working month i.e. two days per week for a full time employee.

Any move to NS&I 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

If you are applying for a role at the same NS&I band as you are currently and the advertised salary is lower than your current salary, if you are successful and accept the role you will need to accept the role at or close to the advertised salary, which would involve your current salary being reduced.

Further information

Please visit our website for further details about NS&I.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

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Recruitment team

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Further information

The law requires for selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis for fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service recruitment principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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