Finance Advisor

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 25 May 2018

Reference number



£21,920 - £25,529


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Corporate Finance

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

The purpose of the Finance Advisor role at Cefas is to provide a combination of financial management information, assurance and compliance outputs, and contributions to statutory financial reporting and transactional processing.


As Cefas continues to grow, both in the UK and overseas, there is an increasing demand upon the current finance team to support day-to-day delivery as well as strategic planning, implementation and delivery of our new business.

The role of the finance advisor includes:
• Processing of invoices, queries and payments
• Treasury management including credit cards, banking and monthly reconciliations
• Managing relationships and day-to-day requirements to support Cefas project management and delivery
• Engagement with Contract, Operations, Programme (COPS) who carry out a range of tasks which contribute to core finance activities
• Preparing and submitting VAT returns
• Cost accounting and management of costing templates
• Assurance and compliance reviews
• Supporting the production of the monthly management accounts and reporting packs
• Supporting the annual external audit programme.

Person specification

Please give your skills and experience relevant to the job description.


Part or fully qualified AAT, ACA, ACCA or, CIPFA qualified with relevant experience.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering value for money
  • Science and Engineering - Understanding and Complying with Statutory Requirements and Standards

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead competency Leading and Communicating, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.

Candidates should be aware that they may be assessed on their relevant experience as well as the listed competencies.

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

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.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Further information

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

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.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
contact the Civil Service Commission at

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