Assistant Finance and Planning Business Partner (PFPD Band 3/SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 5th April 2020


Reference number



£38,259 - £44,790


Senior Executive Officer
Band 3

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Planning Finance & Procurement Division

Type of role

Risk Management

Working pattern

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

Number of posts



Bootle, North West, L20 7HS

About the job


We are recruiting at least one Assistant Finance and Planning Business Partner and are looking for someone with a finance background with excellent analytical and communication skills.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the independent regulator for work-related health and safety in Great Britain.

We are committed to playing our part in the wider health and safety system to ensure that others play theirs in creating healthier, safer workplaces. We also deliver wider functions such as regulatory schemes intended to protect the health of people and the environment, balancing the economic and social benefits that chemicals offer to society.

Our purpose is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health and we apply a range of regulatory tools to improve health and safety, bringing together different interventions to achieve impact. We influence and engage stakeholders, create knowledge and awareness of health and safety risks, and encourage behaviour change through assessments and direct interventions including inspections and investigations.

HSE is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment and we particularly welcome BAME/disabled/LGBT+ applicants, as they are currently underrepresented in this discipline within HSE.

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity as an Assistant Business Partner within HSE providing support to a Divisional Business Partner (Band 2/Grade 7) to ensure the Divisional Director and senior managers receive expert strategic advice on all matters finance, planning, business performance and business risk.

The role includes being able to proactively identify and manage risks and opportunities (financial, performance and VFM) supported by the provision of management information from our award-winning Business Intelligence Team.

You will report directly through to the Business Partner and ultimately to HSE’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services. As a member of the HSE finance and planning community you will bring strong technical skills combined with wider business experience and a willingness to develop your skill in a supportive and challenging environment. The roles include contributing positively to HSE’s overall performance and seeking business improvements in how we deliver our objectives.


These roles involve providing proactive expert advice to the Division in relation to its financial performance and contributing to HSE’s corporate financial strategy as a key member of the finance team. This includes the following:

• Working across the Division to increase financial capability and ensure that senior managers understand and are challenged about their use of resources to meet business objectives, including Business Plan milestones

• Support the development of realistic budgets for the Division which are based on operational plans and ensure that all resource needs are identified. This requires a sound understanding of relevant guidance including Managing Public Money and Consolidated Budgeting Guidance.

• Support the development of forecasts which highlight significant financial risks and opportunities early and provide advice to ensure that risks and opportunities are fully understood so that mitigating decisions are taken.

• Analyse Divisional performance, and support the production of well-articulated, evidenced explanations for performance levels and details of agreed corrective actions.

• Ensuring that financial and performance reports to senior management highlight key insights in a meaningful and understandable way.

• Contributing to development of business cases and track and report delivery of planned financial costs and benefits.

• Supporting the production of divisional and HSE Business Plans, providing expert advice to the division in relation to business planning.

• Working with the Divisional Senior Leadership Team(s) to ensure that operational risks are being identified, managed and reported.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving



• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• Competitive rates of pay.
• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute far more than in the private sector.
• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.
• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

Returning to work after a break:

We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
The sift will take place on 7th April 2020.

The Interviews will take place on the 15 or 16 April 2020 at HSE Headquarters, Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS.

Behaviours are the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job. Please consult the Civil Service Behaviours guide for more information on each of the Behaviours being assessed throughout the process.

Please ensure you make the best use of the 250 word count for each Behaviour

It may help to use one or more examples of a piece of work you have completed or a situation you have been in, and use the WHO or STAR model to explain;

• What it was,
• How you approached the work/situation and
• Outcomes, what they were, what did you achieve?
• What was the Situation?
• What were the Tasks?
• What Action did you take?
• How/what did you learn through a Review?

Further Information:

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

Any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact:


If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS

Alternatively, you can contact Civil Service commissioners:

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 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

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Dave Thomas or Andrew Holding
Email :
Telephone :  02030283151
Recruitment team :
Email :

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