Head of EU Budget Withdrawal

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Central Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 26/10/2020

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £63,000 - £66,000 per annum*


HM Treasury, International Group – We are at the heart of interactions with the EU both in terms of financial settlement payments, and future relationship planning through programme participation. We have significant interaction with the Chancellor and other Ministers. We are a collaborative, friendly and high performing team of around 16 officials from a diverse range of analytical and policy backgrounds. We lead on paying and auditing the financial settlement, and accountability to Parliament and the National Audit Office. We are also responsible for future programme participation and annual reporting on payments to and receipts from the EU. We work closely with a wide range of partners in Whitehall (especially the Cabinet Office (CO), Number 10, Office for Budget Responsibility, and spending departments), and overseas (especially the Commission and UKMis Brussels). We draw on accounting and audit expertise from external consultants.

This is an ambitious and exciting role leading on the implementation of the UK’s £35-39 billion financial settlement. You will lead 3 sub-branches with 3 Senior Policy Advisors/Range Es (Analysis, Policy/Strategy, Assurance), 4 Policy Advisors/Range Ds and a Policy Apprentice. You’ll set the direction of the branches work, and balance fast moving emerging policy issues with delivering on key long-term policy goals. You will need to be comfortable moving quickly between sophisticated technical detail, strategic policy thinking and handling politically sensitive issues.

  • Advise Ministers and Senior Officials (including the Permanent Secretary, the Treasury’s Accounting Officer) on implementing the financial
  • Develop, negotiate, and implement strategy to ensure the UK does not pay more or receive less than is required under the financial provisions of the Withdrawal
  • Oversee the analytical work of the European Financing team, including the EU contribution forecast for the OBR, external reporting on the size of the settlement, and analysis for decision making (e.g. the UK’s future financial relationship with the EU).
  • Develop strategies for leading implementation issues, including advising Ministers, negotiating with the EU and overseeing the secretariat function for the Specialised Committee on the Financial Provisions (part of the governance arrangements of the WA).
  • Cultivate and use positive relationships with key partners – in particular the European Commission (especially DG Budget), UK Mission to the EU, the NAO, the Transition Taskforce in the CO and external
  • Ensure HMT meets it reporting obligations to Parliament in respect of the financial settlement and that such reports are robust to external scrutiny and challenge. These reports include the European Finances Statement, and the relevant sections of HM Treasury, Consolidated Fund and Whole of Government
  • Support the Deputy Directors European Finances in building a diverse, inclusive and supportive team, including by leading 3 Range E staff providing a stimulating work environment, ongoing mentoring, development and constructive feedback.

For full details on this position please see role profile (here) and get in touch with Timsalmon@allenlane.co.uk / 079213357896

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*+ £7,000 accountancy allowance

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