Financial Accountant

Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
43000.00 GBP Annual
05 Sep 2017
21 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is the government department responsible for:
• delivering an ambitious industrial strategy and leading the government's relationship with business;
• ensuring that the country has reliable , low cost and clean energy systems;
• maximises investment opportunities and bolsters UK interests
• Promotes competitive markets and responsible business practices
• ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation; and
• tackling climate change.
The majority of the GBP14 billion budget is spent through 46 partner organisations (or subsidiary organisations).

This is an exciting time to join the BEIS Finance and Portfolio Directorate. The new Department and Directorate are taking shape and finance is at the heart of decision-making in a number of Government priority areas. As a result of the restructure, we have a number of opportunities in our Group Finance Teams.

BEIS Financial Accounting team are looking for 2 high-calibre finance professionals with the necessary experience, skills and personal qualities for SEO Financial Accountant roles across the department. These are important roles with Financial Accounting requiring the ability to gain credibility, provide financial accounting advice, and are an excellent opportunity to play an important and active part in the strategic direction of BEIS. We will provide you with the opportunity for an interesting and worthwhile career and support you with training and development.

The post holders will partner and collaborate with a range of stakeholders, acting as the face of financial accounting, helping to resolve accounting problems, to ensure the Department's annual accounts are free from material errors, and laid pre recess.

The Financial Accounting team has 20 staff, and recently completed the first BEIS annual report and accounts. There has been significant change, with the transition arising from the Machinery of Government change which created BEIS. Further transformation will occur to ensure better practice, and it is an exciting time to join a high performing team.

Key Duties will include:
• Engage effectively with the rest of the Finance, the Core Department and external partner organisations within The Group.
• Build understanding of the accounting systems used to prepare the accounts. Engage with other key stakeholders, to ensure these systems are fit for purpose.
• Be proactive and self managing. Deliver a range of inputs into the accounts to a high standard, against tight deadlines.
• Engage with the wider finance community within BEIS to mitigate accounting risks. Work collaboratively to mitigate these risks so that the Departmental Accounts are free of material errors.
• Engage with the auditors (NAO) to ensure that the audit process runs smoothly. Work collaboratively to resolve Management Letter Points.
• Work collaboratively in an integrated and interdependent way, to improve financial capability and understanding across the organisation.
You will be a results-driven, collaborative team player, with good attention to detail and the ability and communication skills to build good working relationships at all levels across the BEIS family.
We have a strong track record in the Department for providing opportunities and support for future progression to finance leadership roles, so we welcome applications from ambitious finance professionals. These roles can also act as a springboard into other roles within BEIS and also our partner organisations (made up of approx. 1,000 finance professionals).
Essential Skills and Experience
Candidate must br fully qualified accountant (ACCA, ACA, CIPFA or CIMA)
Proficient excel skills.
Demonstrate significant experience of government accounting regulations ie IFRS, FReM and Managing Public Money.
Strong technical accounting skills
Preparation or audit of Central Government / public sector set of accounts

Competence 1 Collaborating and Partnering
• Invest time to generate a common focus and genuine team spirit
• Readily share resources to support higher priority work, showing pragmatism and support for the shared goals of the organisation
• Encourage collaborative team working within own team and across the Department.

Competence 2 Changing and Improving
• Find ways to improve systems and structures to deliver with more streamlined resources
• Regularly review procedures or systems with teams to identify improvements and simplify processes and decision making
• Be willing to meet the challenges of difficult or complex changes, encouraging and supporting others to do the same.

Competence 3 Making Effective Decisions
• Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular
• Explore different options outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses to each
• Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations.

Competence 4 Delivering at pace
• Successfully manage, support and stretch self and team to deliver agreed goals and objectives
• Show a positive approach in keeping their own and the team's efforts focused on the goals that really matter
• Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to teams and individuals as appropriate.

Person specification

Please describe any experience and skills you think make you an ideal candidate for this role.


Candidate must be fully qualified accountant (ACCA, ACA, CIPFA or CIMA)
Proficient excel skills.
Demonstrate significant experience of government accounting regulations ie IFRS, FReM and Managing Public Money.
Strong technical accounting skills
Preparation or audit of Central Government / public sector set of accounts


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Changing and improving
  • Making effective decisions
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Accountancy Allowance of up to GBP8,890 is available.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using a lead
competency. This will be the competency which is listed first in the job advert.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application competency responses.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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