**Finance Business Partner/Management Accounting Officer

Home Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 18th April 2024



Reference number



£41,600 - £48,792
National: £41,600 min - £44,512 max. London £45,600 min - £48,792 max.

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HO - Delivery - Finance Directorate

Type of role


Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed hours

Number of jobs available



Croydon Estate; London - 2 Marsham Street (2MS); Liverpool - The Capital; Manchester - Soapworks; Sheffield - Foundry House; Stoke-on-Trent - Smithfield Two

Job summary

The Home Office works to build a safe, fair, and prosperous UK. We achieve this through our work on counter-terrorism, policing, fire, crime, drugs policy, immigration and passports.  Every day, our teams across the UK and beyond deliver outcomes to improve citizens’ lives. Our work is challenging, high profile and rewarding.

The Finance Directorate is one of the most dynamic and forward-looking places to work. We provide professional finance advice and challenge which ensures that the Home Office delivers value for money to the taxpayer and protects the Accounting Officers in their responsibilities for regularity, propriety, value for money and feasibility on all spending decisions. 

We value every person who works in the Finance Directorate and offer opportunities for our staff to develop whether through formal training, on the job development or lateral moves to develop new skills. We support staff who wish to achieve a finance qualification with paid study leave and exam support.

The Home Office Finance group is dedicated to promoting equality and valuing diversity. We are committed to ensuring that every talented and hard-working person can rise to the top, whatever their background and whoever they are.

Your personal qualities will be as important as your professional experience, and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. If you believe you have the skills and qualities we are looking for, then we would like to hear from you.

Job description

As part of Illegal Migration Act (IMA), capability is being expanded significantly. This all requires additional financial support, critical observation and reporting and so a dedicated resource is now needed.

We have exciting opportunities for finance professionals to join our team within Programme Finance, Management Accounting and Finance Business Partnering, and we will hold a reserve list should any further roles at SEO become available.

The roles currently available include:

•    Programme Finance Business Partner

This role supports financial decision making within Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) and Home Office critical Programmes. The post holder will be responsible for providing accurate financial reporting, strategic financial advice, and management information for various projects and workstreams to ensure that programme teams deliver against plans, objectives and outcomes. 

•    Management Accounting Officer

This is a key post within Accounting Operations and requires the post holder to undertake management accounts for within the IMA and 10-point plan portfolio. The role is varied and requires the post holder to understand key complexities within business areas, liaising with Finance Business Partner teams and operational areas. 

•    Finance Business Partner (FBP)

The FBP team play a key role in the financial business planning and in-year financial monitoring and forecasting of budgets. They provide strategic support and challenge to business areas to ensure that decisions are made with reference to financial information and consequences.

Other roles may also become available, and you will be asked for your preference if you are invited to interview. We will also be able to provide more information on each of the current roles at that stage.

Please note that new entrants to the Civil Service will be appointed at the pay scale minimum for that grade but an additional £4,000 allowance is applicable to SEO staff with a full CIMA or CCAB qualification.  The usual T&Cs apply for existing civil servants.

Where business needs allow, some roles may be suitable for a combination of office and home-based working.  This is a non-contractual arrangement where all employees will be expected to spend a minimum of 60% of their working time in an office, subject to local estates capacity, by Spring 2024.  Applicants can request further information regarding how this may work in their team from the Vacancy Holder (see advert for contact details). 

Key Responsibilities

• Build and maintain effective key stakeholder relationships.
• Provide regular finance project/workstream reports incorporating costs and benefits.
• Offer input and expert advice, including financial modelling, whole lifecycle costing and scenario analysis.
• Input into financial case production in business cases.
• Identify, assess and track benefits.
• Actively oversee and report risks and opportunities against the latest plan and financial forecasts.
• Ensure compliance with accounting standards (e.g., Capital Departmental Expenditure Limits (CDEL)/Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits (RDEL) classification).
• Oversee asset management processes.
• Implement the corporate system of financial control and ensure workstream financial controls are efficient.
• Provide constructive challenge, ensuring transparency and proactively addressing emerging trends.
• Support Lead FBP in strategic finance leadership of functional areas within the business area.
• Assist with collating iterations of costings for HM Treasury on the IMA in order to secure funding.
• Supporting the creation of Accounting Officer notes for the Permanent Secretary in relation to various elements of the IMA, updating these when necessary. 
• Identifying key objectives in communicating financial data.
• Partner leadership teams to support decision making and governance, including attendance at and influencing governance and senior leadership team/boards.
• Work with business partners, provide planning models and trend data to inform the annual budget and workforce plans.

Note: The post holder may be required to carry out other duties within the scope of the grade and within the limits of their skill, competence, and training.

Person specification

Essential criteria

• Excellent leadership, interpersonal skills and authority; able to successfully foster and manage inter-relationships between own team and other areas.
• Experience of working in a multi-stakeholder environment; the ability to deal with and meet conflicting stakeholder preferences and demand.
• A proven track record of providing high quality financial analysis and advice across a wide range of complex business and financial issues, with strong quantitative and analytical skills.
• Ability to influence others, using verbal and written communication.
• Experience of communicating and presenting financial information to a non-financial audience.
• Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel.
• Strong knowledge of financial principles, accounting standards and regulations.
• Understanding of risk management, change control processes and compliance.

• CCAB or CIMA qualified or part qualified or currently studying for one of these qualifications.

Desirable criteria

• Track record of contributing to major programmes, including financial modelling and whole lifecycle costing.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Selection process details

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

As part of the application process, you will first be asked to confirm your eligibility by providing some basic personal information.

After submission of this first stage, you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Numerical test and Civil Service Verbal Test.

If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on 18th April 2024. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn.

Guidance for the tests will be available when you are invited to take the tests. The tests are administered online and accessed via the Civil Service Jobs website. 

If you successfully pass the Civil Service Numerical and Verbal Tests you will then be asked to complete:

  •    a CV detailing job history/qualifications
    •    a statement of suitability (personal statement) (maximum 1000 words)
    •    provide evidence of the behaviour Managing a Quality Service (250 words maximum)

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The statement of suitability should be aligned to demonstrate your skills and experience for the role and how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the job description. Please note that this should not be repetition of your CV, we recommend at least 800 words and that you address the specific criteria providing examples. For guidance on how to write your statement of suitability, please see Statement of suitability

As part of your application, you will also need to provide a short statement of 250 words max against the lead behaviour required for this role. The lead behaviour is “Managing a Quality Service”. We are looking for one example, ideally in the STAR format that explains how best you demonstrate this behaviour in your current role. For guidance on how to construct your behaviour example, you are encouraged to visit Civil Service Careers: Behaviours

The sift will be on the CV, statement of suitability and behaviour. 

If you are successful at sift stage, you will be invited to an interview which will consist of behaviour-based questions on all the behaviours listed in the advert.

You will also be required to prepare a short presentation (no slides or handouts required) to present at interview. Further details around what the presentation will entail will be provided before the interview.

Sift and interview dates

Sift is expected to take place from 19th April 2024.

Interviews are expected to take place from 20th May 2024.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert, however on occasions these dates may change. 

Interviews will be carried out via video. Candidates will be required to have access to:

  • A laptop (personal or work) with a working webcam
  • Good internet connection
  • Microsoft Teams

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints we may not be able to offer alternative interview date(s). It is therefore expected that candidates who are successful at sift stage will make themselves available during the above time frame given.

Further information

For meaningful checks to be carried out, individuals need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for the last 3 years if the role requires CTC clearance, 5 years for SC clearance and 10 years for DV.  A lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance and applicants should contact the Vacancy Holder/Recruiting Manager listed in the advert for further advice.

For further information on National Security Vetting please visit the following page https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/demystifying-vetting

Please be aware the levels of national security clearance are changing which may impact on the level needed for this role by the time of appointment. All efforts will be made to keep candidates informed of any changes and what that will mean in terms of vetting criteria. For more information please See our vetting charter

Please ensure that all examples provided in your application are taken directly from your own experience and that you describe the examples in your own words. All applications are screened for plagiarism and copying and generating of examples/answers from internet sources including Artificial Intelligence. If any is detected the application may be withdrawn from the process. Further action, including disciplinary action, may be considered in such cases involving civil servants. Providing false or misleading information would be contrary to the core values of honesty and integrity expected of all Civil Servants.

Location merit list

A location-based reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role or similar role become available within that period you may be offered this position. 

We often have similar roles available at different grades.  If a candidate is suitable for a similar role or a lower grade than they have applied for, we may offer the candidate that role without the need to go through a further selection process providing the role has the same behaviours and essential skills.

When completing your application, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred location(s). Please ensure you select all locations you are interested in. Candidates who are successful at Interview will be placed in order of merit per location and provisional job offers will be made in strict merit order per location preference. Provisional offers are made, as they are on condition that you successfully pass all pre-employment checks.

Visa sponsorship    

We are unable to sponsor any individuals via Skilled Worker Sponsorship / Tier 2 (General) work visas as we do not hold a UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) Skilled Worker License.   

Every day, Home Office civil servants do brilliant work to develop and deliver policies and services that affect the lives of people across the country and beyond. To do this effectively and fairly, the Home Office is committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, and creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best.

We are flexible, skilled, professional and diverse. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and area Disability Confident Leader. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the civil service. We are a Social Mobility Foundation top 75 employer.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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.

For further information please see the attached notes for candidates which must be read before making an application.

Existing Civil Servants should note that some of the Home Office terms and conditions of employment have changed. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful in application and should refer to the notes for candidates for further details.

Transfer Terms: Voluntary.

If you are invited to an interview you will be required to  bring a range of documentation for the purposes of establishing identity and to aid any pre-employment checks.

Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents.

Any move to the Home Office 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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Reasonable Adjustments

If a person with disabilities is 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 HOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.


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


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
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.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
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 : Home Office Resourcing Centre
  • Email : HORCCampaignTeamCorporateEnablers@homeoffice.gov.uk

Recruitment team

  • Email : HOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles, and wish to make a complaint, then you should contact in the first instance HORecruitment.GRS@cabinetoffice.gov.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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