HR Finance Lead

HR Finance Lead London, England

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Full Time London, England 37470 - 45565 GBP ANNUAL Today
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£37,470 - £45,565
National: £37,470 - £41,925 London: £41,055 - £45,565

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

BEIS - Corporate Services - Corporate Services - Human Resources

Type of role

Human Resources

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

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Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Salford

About the job

Job summary

Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join the HR Finance team, supporting and monitoring HR budgets and budget processes, while developing and improving your core Finance and Line Management skills.

The HR Finance Lead role is a new role in the HR Portfolio, Organisation Design and Transformation team & Finance team. We work closely with HR teams to support them in the delivery of quality HR & OD services which is underpinned by proactive and robust budget management and finance practices. This is a particularly exciting time to join the team, as we plan for the new financial year and look to implement new Corporate Service wide processes.

This role is suitable for a passionate Finance professional to develop their skills in stakeholder management, line management and budgetary controls. The role will also be involved in supporting and monitoring HR-led project budgets, leading on ensuring adherence to best practice procedures, tools and techniques. There is an opportunity to make a real impact in how HR delivers, with direct contact with the senior HR team and Chief People Officer.

You will be joining a friendly and inclusive team, dedicated to personal and professional development, a great workplace experience and a fulfilling career.

Person specification

Budget management is a critical element to the directorate, additional qualified Finance professional is required to lead the HR Finance team and to align practices to civil service & Departmental standards.

We are looking to drive forward innovations in how we present financial information, working closely with HR stakeholders on how to incorporate and report this information. Additionally we want to monitor and streamline metrics that feed into cross government KPIs and returns, to ensure the messaging is coherent and provides relevant information.

The post holder will be provided with support from their line management chain but will be expected to lead the HR Finance budget management and budget setting.

This is an evolving role so responsibilities may be expanded and changed to match the strengths of the post holder and fit within the wider team. The core duties of this role are expected to be:

  • Leading the HR Finance team, including line management of 2 staff and report into the HR PMO Manager

  • Advising on the L&D budget.
  • Leading on the introduction of project budgets in the directorate, working alongside the PMO Manager.

  • Managing the HR budget setting process and proactive management of spend against budgets across the year

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues across HR to deliver interventions on budget issues

  • Delivering high quality and accurate products and presentations for SMT

  • Fulfilling Corporate Finance reporting / ledger requirements

  • Implementing Departmental Finance best practice aligning with Governance Finance requirements

  • Management of the HR In-Year Award process and budget

Skills and Experience

We would love to hear from you if you have Financial Management and Line Management experience.

Skills required:

Excellent Microsoft Excel, attention to detail, data analysis and interpretation skills are essential.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable explaining complex financial issues in a clear and succinct way, and able to process and simplify information to ensure the key issues are clear and backed up with actionable recommendations.

A form of accountancy qualification or studying towards one would be desirable. Either a CCAB (CIMA/ ACCA / CIPFA) or AAT or equivalent.

Technical skills

To be assessed:

Financial Analysis and Strategy - Demonstrates an awareness of Financial Analysis and Strategy

Project Financing - Demonstrates an awareness of project financing


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Financial Analysis and Strategy
  • Project Financing


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.

Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme, with an average employer contribution of 27%.

A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need (from September 2021, depending on how the public health guidance evolves).

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, personal statement and a number of behavioural statements and technical skills examples.

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please use your personal statement (in no more than 500 words) to explain how you would explain and implement new financial procedures and reporting to a team who are not finance focused.

Applications will be sifted on behavioural statements, CV, personal statement, and any technical skills required.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.

Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

The interview will consist of behaviour, technical and strength-based questions.

Sift and interview dates

Expected Timeline subject to change

Sift dates: w/c 06/03/2023

Interview dates: w/c 20/03/2023

Interview Location: MS Teams.

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Further Information

Existing BEIS recruitment campaigns are continuing as usual, but candidates should be aware that following the Government’s announcement on the changes to some civil service departments, roles may be subject to the machinery of government moves and will ultimately be located in one of the new departments. We will provide more information if you are selected for a role. . This work remains of high importance to the civil service, and we thank you for your continued interest.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a disabled person is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
  • Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

We are proud to be a disability confident leader, more information about the Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) and some examples of adjustments that BEIS offers to disabled candidates and candidates with long-term health conditions during our recruitment process can be found in our candidate guidance document. A plain text version of the guidance is also available.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

A location based reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

Any move to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

BEIS cannot offer Visa sponsorship to candidates through this campaign. BEIS holds a Visa sponsorship licence but this can only be used for certain roles and this campaign does not qualify.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email [email protected]

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

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Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles, and wish to make a complaint, then you should contact in the first instance [email protected]. If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission/Complaints

HR Finance Lead
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
London, United Kingdom
Sarah Munby
Unknown / Non-Applicable
1001 to 5000 Employees
National Services & Agencies
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