The Cabinet Office has a vital role to play at the centre of government. Its purpose is to maintain the integrity of the union, the security of the country and a flourishing democracy, to ensure delivery of the government's programme and the Prime Minister's priorities, and to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.
This is a key post within the Cabinet Office's Finance department. The successful applicant will work with a range of stakeholders to provide robust financial information, enabling the department to manage its financial position throughout the year.
The Senior Financial Reporting Manager will be involved in the management and control of the overall Cabinet Office financial position. The Senior Financial Reporting Manager will be responsible for providing strategic financial advice and support to Directors, the Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office Audit and Risk Committee and the Minister.
Notably, the role involves working with Finance Business Partners to provide challenge to forecasts and influence the strategic direction of the business units, by providing an independent view of what is happening to the Department as a whole. The role also requires a good understanding of the Estimates and Government Accounts, to ensure robust forecasting in OSCAR and to be able to advise on budgetary changes for the Department and their impact on the Department's Estimates.
The responsibilities of the Senior Financial Reporting Manager will include
- Leading on the Cabinet Office financial position including in year spend and forecasts as well as financial risks to the Department.
- Advising the Finance Director (FD), and Deputy Directors (DFDs) on the Department's financial forecasts and ensuring the information is accurately reported against the departments control totals to support the Supplementary Estimate. This also involves agreeing changes between operating segments and control totals.
- Manage the delivery of prompt, accurate management accounts based on standardised systems and processes to an agreed timetable. Take a proportionate approach based on materiality, with emphasis on providing insight.
Maintain a strong understanding of the overall financial position of assigned business areas. Provide incisive variance explanations of material /sensitive /volatile areas, with clear summaries and interpretation for senior management.
- Management of the forecasting process, providing trend data to FBPs to inform the annual budget and workforce plans.
- Ensure that detailed budgets are accurately profiled, documented and uploaded to agreed timetables.
- Develop strong, collaborative relationships with finance colleagues and business areas; develop consistent and efficient financial processes, implementing continuous improvement.
- Developing and using reporting tools for maximum impact and efficient delivery through collaboration with IT, shared service provider and harnessing relationships across government.
- Oversight of performance, including identifying areas for improvement by using recognised continuous improvement principles
- Manage the delivery of commercial savings calculations where facility is not supported by embedded resource.
Key Skills & Experience
- CCAB, or equivalent, qualified
- A minimum of two years' post qualification experience or equivalent.
- A strong track record in team leadership.
- Excellent technical skills across a wide range of financial disciplines and a proven ability to apply them effectively.
- High credibility with senior colleagues and stakeholders and the ability to influence decision-making.
- The ability to analyse and communicate complex financial information in a clear and understandable way.
- Well-developed networks that enable you to gain a better insight into complex cross-government issues.
- Strategic and commercial skills gained from working in other specialist areas such as commercial, policy, IT, HR or delivery.
Salary - £52,500 - £60,635 + £5,000 accountancy allowance (Dependant on qualification status)