National Audit Office
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Job titleHead of Financial Management
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Close date01/07/2022
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Job descriptionLocation: London
Salary Range: Newcastle - £44,367- £59,088, London - £55,735- £65,146
Contract Type: Full time, Permanent

The National Audit Office (NAO) is the UK’s main public sector audit body. Independent of government, we have responsibility for auditing the accounts of various public sector bodies, examining the propriety of government spending, assessing risks to financial control and accountability, and reviewing the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of programmes, projects and activities. We report directly to Parliament, through the Committee of Public Accounts of the House of Commons which uses our reports as the basis of its own investigations. We employ some 800 staff, most of whom are qualified accountants, trainees or technicians. They work in one of two main areas, financial audit or value for money (VFM) audit.

The NAO welcomes applications from everyone. We value diversity in all its forms and the difference it makes to our organisation. By removing barriers and creating an inclusive culture all our people have the opportunity to develop and maximise their full potential. As members of the Business Disability Forum and the Disability Confident Scheme we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria.

The Finance and Procurement Team provides a full range of finance and procurement services to the NAO. The wider Finance team consists of some 12 people and is organized into four main areas: the financial reporting team, financial management team, procurement team and payroll team, all managed by the Head of Finance and Procurement and overseen by the Finance Director.

The financial management team is responsible for the preparations of the NAO’s annual budgets and longer-term financial planning, producing in year financial forecasts and monthly management accounts covering spend by type, by objective and detailed information about our staffing numbers. The team also highlight risks and making recommendations to senior management. Working in the Financial Management team is a high-profile role that primarily provides management information to the Office and works closely with management to ensure effective financial management across the NAO.

The HoFM prepares the monthly management accounts and related reports, working closely with the Financial Reporting Business partners to ensure accuracy of information; they produce annual forecasts, managing budgets and reporting on outturn. They are responsible for the production of the NAO Estimate, Vote on Accounts and the monthly outturn uploads to the Online System for Central Accounting and Reporting (OSCAR).

This role also leads on the Finance simplification project, working with team leads and Digital Services towards simpler and automated finance processes with an overarching aim of increased efficiency in accuracy in our core finance and reporting processes. The role is responsible for making sure we implement all the recommendations from external and internal reviews.

In addition, working in a small team involves ad hoc work and occasional rotation to cover other finance tasks. A key business continuity principle is that roles can be picked up by more than one person in the team (to avoid a single point of failure). Therefore the post holder would be expected to work flexibly when required.

Nationality Requirements:

UK nationals
nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

Please note, we are not able to sponsor work visas. Please contact us at should you have any questions on your nationality eligibility.
ResponsibilitiesThis role includes responsibility for overseeing the regular monthly financial reporting:
• Responsible for the completion of the monthly Management accounts, including drafting of the presentation providing the Leadership Team and the Board with reliable and relevant management information the organisations financial position
• Prepares underlying reports and calculations and provides analysis, review and commentary of results, investigating further where necessary.
• The management accounts consists of outturn of budget to date and a review and investigation of any unusual or unexpected items
• The management accounts also include the preparation of forecasts including income, VAT, depreciation, expenditure and corporation tax and investigation of significant month on month variances in forecasts
• Investigates data queries including performing cross system data reconciliations and coordinates data assurances investigations with Finance Business partners to improve the accuracy, timeliness and relevance of findings feeding into the management accounts.
• Works collaboratively with financial reporting, payroll and the reporting team coordinating month end processes and outputs, so as to align the month end timetable to Leadership team meetings.
This role also leads on the Finance simplification and improvement project, working collaboratively with other teams to drive improvements in the way finance operates. Specifically:
• Input into our Business Intelligence tool development relevant to reporting, including helping plan new development work and testing.
• Work to develop, maintain and implement the finance simplification and improvement roadmap. This includes coordinating the collection of user requirements, current processes and desired outcomes and working with the Business Architect to identify and implement a solution that meets finance’s needs and targets.
• Taking overall responsibility for the implementation of all internal and external recommendations for process and systems improvement and reporting on progress against them.
In addition to the above, this role is also involved in supporting our Parliamentary budgeting process
• Working closely with senior stakeholders and the Strategy team to refine NAO organizational financial budgets and financial planning for the following years to support Parliamentary discussions.
• Preparation and laying of the NAO Estimate (from budget submission to Parliament)
• Preparation and laying of the NAO Vote on Account (formal advance budget submission to Parliament)
• Working closely with the Strategy and Reporting team and taking the lead on preparing and providing any briefing information (in advance of key Parliamentary hearings) that relate to finance matters.
Skills required• This is a role for a qualified or part qualified accountant or management accountant, or an individual with equivalent knowledge, experience or understanding. Individuals will need to be able to demonstrate experience and ability in budgeting or costing.
• Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills
• Able to present financial information in clear simple language
• Highest standards of accuracy and precision with good attention to detail
• Highly organised and able to work under own initiative; able to work to tight deadlines
• Can think strategically – much of the role involves taking a wider view and linking corporate objectives and initiatives to financial performance and outputs
• Presents a professional, confident and credible persona as a finance representative in meetings and discussions with senior management, NAO colleagues and external stakeholders
• Able to innovate and find solutions more specifically, can critically assess current ways of working and offer constructive solutions for improvement;
• Works well in teams – the role involves collaboration with finance colleagues and many staff across the office
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