Director of Strategic Finance
London - c.120,000 plus excellent benefits (SCS Band 2)

Type: Permanent
Start: ASAP
Duration: Permanent
Posted: 17 March 2017

We are seeking a Director of Strategic Finance to lead the newly expanded finance function of the group (jointly with the recently appointed Director of Operational Finance), shaping and overseeing the financial strategy to manage a Departmental Budget of over £80bn a year. 

The work of the Department for Education is at the heart of the Prime Minister’s agenda to make Britain a country that works for everyone.  With its newly expanded role across the entire education system – including skills, further and higher education alongside schools and early years’ education – the Department is central to the Government’s social mobility and economic agendas.  Encompassing the Government Equalities Office (GEO), the Department also supports the Secretary of State in her role as Minister for Women and Equalities. 

A key responsibility will be to ensure that robust decision support is provided by finance to the Department that protects value, drives value and adds value to the decision making process. The successful candidate will be responsible for the Department’s newly created Finance and Investment Committee, as well as sitting on it. You will work closely with Ministers, the Department’s Board, Strategy, Delivery and Policy teams, to develop and implement the strategy to reflects Ministerial priorities and supports delivery of the Department’s agenda. You will also be part of the senior leadership team of the Insight, Resources and Transformation Directorate (IRT), contributing to the creation of a stronger, more cohesive corporate centre in the Department; partnering seamlessly with IRT’s other functions of Data, Digital and Analysis to deliver maximum insight to the business.

The new Director of Strategic Finance will also need to collaborate and proactively engage with the wider government finance community which leads over 10,000 finance professionals across 30 organisations, responsible for over £750bn of expenditure (40% GDP) and contribute to the Financial Management Review, a central reform programme.

We are looking for a dynamic and visionary leader to inspire the Department’s strategic finance professionals, leading them through an exciting period of substantial change during the implementation of a new operating model, bringing finance closer to the heart of decision making in DfE.  

Key Competences for this role:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Changing and improving
  • Making effective decisions
  • Delivering value for money
  • For further information, please contact Maurice Goldstone or Michael Quest at Allen Lane on 0203 031 9638. There is an informative link you can request, providing a more comprehensive breakdown of the context of this role/the department.

    Reserve List: If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies in the Civil Service requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

    To Apply:

    You will need to submit your CV, completed application/diversity form and cover letter (more information available via as to how to structure the competency-based cover letter) to before the application deadline on Thursday 6th April

    Key Preliminary Timings:

    • Application Deadline: Thursday 6th April
    • Longlisting: Thursday 13th April
    • Shortlisting: Friday 28th April (by which stage you will need to have met with Allen Lane as a preliminary first stage interview for the post)
    • Interviews: 5th and 17th Mary (to be confirmed)
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