Deputy Director Financial Planning, BICS

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Central Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 18/12/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: Up to £100,000 per annum


We are currently seeking an exceptional individual to help shape the Home Office agenda and to ensure finance is at the heart of decision making at one of the most critical and exciting times within our country’s history.

The Home Office has a compelling mission: to keep our borders secure and our citizens safe. This Deputy Director (SCS Pay Band 1), Financial Planning post sits within the Home Office’s Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS) team, supporting the 2nd Permanent Under Secretary. BICS consists of the operational commands of UK Visas and Immigration, Her Majesty’s Passport Office, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force as well as the Policy function that relate to the system, and has an annual operating budget of c£2.8bn.

Working as part of the Finance Directorate, as part of this wonderful opportunity, you will be expected to contribute to the overall management and leadership of the Finance function the Government Finance Profession.

Reporting into the BICS Finance Director and with regular interaction with the 2nd Permanent Secretary and Director General, the post holder will also collaborate with HM Treasury and across Whitehall on a daily basis. Managing a multi-level and multi-location team and working closely with the Command level Finance & Planning team, as well as the BICS Strategy function, your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing relationships with HM Treasury, Cabinet Office and NAO officials, you will lead the preparation for key fiscal events including Spending Reviews, Budgets and Spring Statements for BICS;
  • Establish rolling medium-term financial plans, including income plans, efficiency plans and risk management, working closely with Senior Finance Business Partners;
  • Building strong partnerships with Senior Managers to support their business performance, while challenging the business through focused performance and management reporting;
  • Identifying financial risks to the business, putting in place early warning mechanisms and proposing mitigation plans;
  • Taking a proactive approach to identifying Value for Money savings and challenging the business to maximise efficiency;
  • Supporting business change programmes, providing valuable input to consider and manage the financial consequences of change initiatives;

To succeed, you must be a professionally qualified accountant with a substantial track record driving finance and influencing major business decisions within a large, complex organisation. You will be an experienced Finance leader, comfortable working with and presenting at Executive Committee level. You must have used your exceptional communication skills to build sustainable and productive relationships with a range of stakeholders; whilst working collaboratively and in co-operation within a multi-stakeholder environment. You will be able to demonstrate ability to foster organisational culture that is positive about change and committed to delivery of a strategic vision.

For an informal confidential discussion about the role please contact Ed Stroud on 020 3978 0993.  Requests for the candidate pack and applications (CV and supporting statement of no more than 2 sides) should be submitted to  It is encouraged that your application includes a completed diversity monitoring form.

Closing date for applications: 23:59 on Sunday, 19th January, 2019

The Home Office is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion, and want our workforce to reflect the communities that we serve. We are also committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best.

The Civil Service Commission provides assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

Note that our Finance department is growing, and we might have further Finance opportunities, with similar accountabilities and essential skills required in the near future. To this extent, we will hold a reserve list and appointable candidates will be placed in the reserve list for 12 months. We will contact the reserve list candidates should we have other opportunities. Candidates will be appointed based on merit.

Download our Candidate Pack for further information.

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