Central Finance Accountant (PFPD Band 3/SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 5th December 2021


Reference number



£39,334 - £45,865


Senior Executive Officer
Band 3

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Planning Finance & Procurement Division

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Working pattern

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

Number of posts



East Midlands, Eastern, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job


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. We look forward to receiving your application

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.

HSE’s Planning, Finance and Procurement Division (PFPD) are recruiting an ambitious Financial Accountant looking to progress their career. This post will provide an ideal opportunity for an experienced accountant looking to gain further development working in a multifaceted role. The post holder will report to the Head of Finance and liaise closely with finance colleagues, HSE’s wider business and other stakeholders (such as NAO).

You will play a critical role to help to implement new IFRS accounting standards (such as IFRS 16 Leases) and ensure FReM (Government Financial Reporting Manual) compliance with existing accounting and budgeting standards relating to debt, income, capital and other finance led projects. This varied role will also provide further opportunity to develop across many of the finance career pathways of the Government Finance Function.

Job description

You will be responsible for providing subject matter expertise and technical advice on the appropriate application of relevant accounting policies, standards, frameworks and guidelines. You will utilise your interpersonal skills to maintain a network of contacts and working relationships with HSE colleagues and external stakeholders, to help you collect information which will help solve a range of challenges. You will then present your findings and interpretation clearly to different audiences ensuring focus on the critical issues.


• Leadership on technical accounting, including responsibility for maintaining and developing HSE’s accounting policies and collaborating with DWP/Government Finance colleagues.
• Lead on projects to implement new accounting standards. The first project will be to successfully implement IFRS 16 (Leases) including modelling the implications on the financial statements and budgets but will also include liaison with NAO, system preparation, calculations and GL adjustments;
• Review and update the IFRS 9 Debt Impairment Model, collaborating closely with colleagues in the Cost and Debt Recovery Team;
• Ownership of existing financial models (one such example to ensure HSE’s recognition of income continues to comply with IFRS 15) and playing a key role in HSE’s Centre of Excellence group;
• Analyse a range of financial data from different sources including SOP (Oracle Financials), Hyperion and Corporate systems to help support accurate financial and accounting decisions.

Essential Skills and Criteria
• Qualified Accountant with experience of implementing changes to accounting standards;
• Analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to present information clearly to senior audiences and non-finance colleagues;
• Advanced Excel skills (or other financial reporting tool) and experience creating and maintaining financial models;
• Ability to work and deliver to tight deadlines.


CCAB qualified (eg. CIMA, CIPFA or similar qualification)


Membership of a CCAB qualified/near qualified accountant (eg. CIMA, CIPFA or similar qualification)


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

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

  • Proficiency in using Excel or other financial reporting products to analyse and present financial information to different audiences
  • Understanding and application of technical accounting standards and compliance with other guidance (such as HMT Managing Public Money or Consolidated Budgeting guidance)


We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay
• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute 27.1%, far more than in the private sector.
• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
• 25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1-day 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.

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.
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.
Selection process details
• Within your application form, you will be asked to provide an anonymous CV, detailing your experience relevant to the job.

• Additionally, you will be asked to provide a statement of suitability of no more than 750 words. This should set out how your experience matches the Essential Skills and Criteria outlined for this role. You will also be asked about your knowledge, understanding and application of your technical skills.

The sift is due to take place from the week commencing 6th December, you will be assessed on your experience demonstrated in your CV and Statement of Suitability, as well as your technical skills.

The Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams. Interviews and are expected to be scheduled for 16th and 17th December. You will be assessed on the behaviours detailed in the job advert together with your relevant experience and technical skills.

Useful Guidance
Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a Statement of Suitability https://www.civil-service-careers.gov.uk/how-to-apply/

Further Information
A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

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: hr.resourcing-team@hse.gov.uk

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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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 :  Jon Morgan
Email :  jon.morgan@hse.gov.uk
Telephone :  Jon Morgan
Recruitment team :
Email :  hr.resourcing-team@hse.gov.uk

Further information

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: HR.Resourcing-Team@hse.gov.uk or by writing to HSE at the following address: HSE Resourcing Team 2.3 Redgrave Court Merton Road Bootle Merseyside L20 7HS Alternatively, you can contact Civil Service commissioners: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-code/complaints-under-the-code/

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