Director Finance & Policy, Nuclear

London (Greater) Frequent travel will be required
£110,000. More may be available for an exceptional candidate.
03 Oct 2017
16 Oct 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

The Director General Nuclear organisation was set up in April 2016 to oversee all aspects of the defence nuclear enterprise and the renewal of independent nuclear deterrent.

The organisation is responsible for all nuclear submarines (from procurement to disposal), nuclear warheads, skills, related infrastructure and nuclear policy. Your role leading the Finance, Strategy and Policy Directorate is key to delivering against that responsibility, supporting both the Director General Nuclear and the Director General Security Policy. The successful candidate will get to work on a high profile and distinctive portfolio with keen ministerial interest. This promises to be a challenging role which the successful candidate will be able to shape from the outset.

The Role This is an exciting opportunity to join the Defence Nuclear Enterprise. The Director Finance & Policy is a key member of the DG Nuclear executive team and shares corporate leadership responsibility in the new organisation with the Director General, Nuclear and two other Director colleagues.

This includes building additional capabilities within the organisation and leading the associated business change, as the organisation moves forwards. You will lead a finance function with responsibility for an annual programme budget of over £3bn and a forward programme of around £40bn over the decade.

The Director will provide professional challenge and support decision making on all aspects of the programme budget including investment, and efficiency matters. You will act as the 11 shareholder/sponsor for the newly formed Submarine Delivery Agency, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. You will have personal delegated authority from the Director General of Finance, for financial investment decisions and propriety issues and provide professional leadership of the finance function within the organisation. Alongside this you will lead the policy function responsible for the continuing development of UK policy and strategy on nuclear deterrence and nuclear disarmament within an increasingly challenging international environment. You will be responsible for operational aspects of policy, including performance, standards and analysis.

You will work closely with colleagues across MOD and Other Government Departments and with our Allies and NATO. In addition, you will be responsible for the DG Nuclear Secretariat, a pivotal function which includes leading a significant amount of media and Parliamentary business; and ensuring consistency of our internal and external communications of nuclear policy and deterrence.

As a senior member of DG Nuclear there will also be opportunities to influence and shape the new directorate and to work across MOD and Government to deliver a sustainable and affordable nuclear enterprise that supports credible minimum UK nuclear deterrence.

Key responsibilities will include:

Acting as Senior Finance Officer for the DG Nuclear organisation and reporting to the DG Finance, Permanent Secretary and Ministers on all aspects of the Nuclear enterprise finances;

Leading the Annual Budgetary Cycle across the nuclear enterprise and ensuring robust in year control of finances and appropriate reporting;

Chairing the Nuclear Investment Board (personal accountability for investments up to £100m);

Acting as a senior finance leader in the MoD, working with DG Finance, to improve financial management across defence and lead a large finance community;

Ensuring UK Nuclear Deterrence policy is consistent and coherent with wider UK Security Policy; working closely with colleagues within Cabinet Office and across the National Security departments and with international counterparts;

Overseeing nuclear deterrence policy development and a programme of work to meet evolving security challenges; Continuing to build and shape the DG Nuclear Secretariat function, including internal and external briefing, all Parliamentary and public correspondence, FOI and media.

Acting as a role model in leadership across the MOD where we expect all of our senior leaders to be: Inspiring about our work and its future Confident in our engagement Empowering our teams to deliver

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