You will support Programme Finance Leads and budget holders across all aspects of finance in one or more major digital infrastructure delivery areas, facilitating month end reporting and communicating budgeting and forecasting information clearly to both internal and external stakeholders.
Reporting to the Programme Finance Lead, you will work closely with a broad stakeholder community, including the DCMS community, BDUK and BDUK’s key delivery partners.
This role offers a unique opportunity to work, as part of a team, in a challenging delivery environment: demonstrating your financial management and reporting and analytics skills at all levels. You will join a team that makes a real difference to people’s lives across the UK.
BDUK has a strong staff development ethos and the successful candidate will have access to learning and development opportunities.
Understand the funding strategy for the directorate and support commissioning and timetabling activities for planning and budgeting, maintaining the budget tracking system, ensuring that individual budgets are accurately profiled, documented and uploaded to agreed timetables, and communicating forecasting and budgeting information clearly to internal and external stakeholders
Support the Programme Finance Leads as required, including facilitation of month end reporting, including monthly journal preparation and processing. This may include working closely with the Transactions Hub team.
Provide planning models and trend data to inform the annual budget activity for business areas.
Lead on the annual reporting of State Aid and Local Body returns.
Reporting and analytics:
Support the delivery of regular, standard reports to stakeholders according to agreed timetables, leading on variance and other data analysis
Support budget holders, in partnership with the Programme Finance Leads, in interpreting their financial performance (including the analysis of and implications inherent in contracts), and identifying, monitoring and managing risks and opportunities
Provide ad hoc financial input, analysis and insights on specific issues - using Finance expertise outside of the Management Accounting team where applicable
Manage the ‘recovery of funding’ process, ensuring that amounts are correctly reported, invoiced to the relevant local body and recovered as required.
Manage and oversee the process for weekly vouchers payments, and lead on the quarterly claims to the relevant authorities (working closely with Transactions Hub)
Governance, compliance and controls:
Support budget holders in interpreting and fulfilling their responsibilities for financial governance, control and risk management, including compliance with Managing Public Money and other HM Treasury financial control framework requirements, and completing financial due diligence checks for supplier change requests, identifying risks and opportunities, where relevant.
Develop an adequate knowledge of systems operations and actively promote continuous improvement, including an awareness and oversight of systems and processes used within relevant business areas, such as Integra, Google Shared Drives and Cora
Work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested including undertaking ad hoc work on projects and activities that support the wider work of the delivery programmes, including providing quality input to business cases, quarterly government reporting and supporting the Transaction Hub Manager.
Champion continuous improvement by providing financial advice, best practice and training to build up finance knowledge and capability across BDUK
Successful Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, skills & experience:
Part qualified / newly qualified accountant (CCAB or CIMA)
Relevant management accounting experience including journals and accruals, forecasting and variance analysis
Excellent stakeholder management skills with the ability to build and sustain strong relationships with ministers and influence and negotiate on behalf of DCMS in a range of situations.
Good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to relay financial information effectively to non-financial colleagues
Advanced Excel / Google sheets experience
Great attention to detail
Experience and knowledge of government accounting and budgeting rules
Experience working on large scale programmes
Project accounting experience
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Delivering at Pace
- Working Together
- Managing a Quality Service
- Communicating and Influencing
You’ll receive over 30% of your total compensation package in benefits:
Flexible working arrangements and Flexi-time
Upto 31.5 days of annual leave
Exceptional contributory pension scheme
5 days of paid leave for L&D
5 days of paid volunteering
Parental leave up to 9 months on FULL pay
Occupational sick pay
Brilliant and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, BAME,
Mental Health and Wellbeing and Women’s Network.
Access to one of the world’s largest learning and development platforms
Masterclasses and talks through the DCMS Academy
Season ticket loan, Cycle to work scheme and much more
SCS T&C’s will vary, please refer to the attached interview pack to find out more.