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About HMRC

HMRC is the UK's tax, payments and customs authority and we have a vital purpose: we collect the money that pays for the UK's public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.

About the Role

The Finance Business Partner (FBP) role is a critical role which puts finance at the heart of Business decision making. Every Director General and Director has a Finance Business Partner at their right hand, acting as a full member of their Directorate Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and supporting them in managing their business, providing the right information and the right analysis to inform strategic and operational resource choices and wider decision making.

This is a strong leadership role; you will acts as a leader for your own finance team and for the whole of the finance community, as well as playing a leadership role as part of the Directorate SLT. It is as much about relationships, stakeholder management and business understanding as it is about financial technical skills.

By combining the professional technical knowledge available to you with an understanding of the business's strategic goals, future plans and immediate performance and financial issues and risks, you will greatly enhance the quality of joint decision making.

Key Responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leadership and Management - Managing, leading and developing the Finance Teams to su...
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    • Leadership and Management - Managing, leading and developing the Finance Teams to support their Directorate with the effective provision of a full range of Finance services.

    • Work with key stakeholders - Develop effective relationships at the highest levels whilst demonstrating appropriate challenge and influence to improve business decision-making.

    • Financial Management - Assurance and interpretation of financial management information for stakeholders, including financial reporting at Directorate and HMRC levels.

    • Financial Planning - Collaborate with the strategy, planning, performance and workforce teams to produce the required strategic financial plans to support HMRC's business plan.

    • Managing Financial Risk - Develop and maintain the financial risk management process. Work with Finance Teams to identify and challenge their risks and issues and the financial impacts and provide expert advice and support to ensure that financial risk management is embedded across the Directorate, with appropriate escalation routes as required.

      Person Specification

      In order to succeed in this role, you will need to demonstrate the following:

      Essential Criteria

    • A strong track record in leading finance teams on a range of activities including financial forecasting, financial planning, budgetary and financial control.

    • Outstanding relationship management skills and personal credibility with senior stakeholders combined with a strong customer service ethos.

    • Ability to get senior leadership focused on critical issues. Ensuring financial insight is provided and taken into consideration during the development of strategic plans.

    • Experience of working closely with the business to understand underlying drivers of performance and cost; and providing strategic insight to improve value for money.

    • Clear demonstration of leading change in complex environments, acting as the champion for continuous improvement and risk management.


    • Fully qualified member of a professional accountancy body


      We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
      • Seeing the Big Picture
      • Making Effective Decisions
      • Communicating and Influencing
      • Leadership



      Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


      If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department's Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

      Things you need to know


      Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

      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

      This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

      As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a CV and a Personal Statement.

      CV - this should detail your relevant skills, experience and achievements in no more than 1000 words. Please do not include your personal details (such as name, age, address and nationality) on your CV.

      Personal Statement - this should outline, in no more than 1200 words, how you meet the Essential Criteria, your suitability for the role and what experience you will bring to the role.

      Candidates will be assessed against 4 behaviours, so please use the information and examples within your CV and Personal Statement to demonstrate the following:

    • Seeing the Big Picture (e.g. ensure plans and activities reflect wider strategic priorities, communicate effectively with senior leaders to influence future strategies.

    • Making Effective Decisions (e.g. clarify your own understanding and stakeholder needs and expectations, before making decisions. Encourage both innovative suggestions and challenge from others).

    • Communicating and Influencing (e.g. communicate with others in a clear, honest and enthusiastic way. Take into account people's individual needs).

    • Leadership (e.g. welcome and respond to views and challenges from others, despite any conflicting pressures. Promote diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity)

      Please use the 'STAR' technique when writing your examples to enable you to provide a meaningful and complete answer for assessment. For those not familiar with STAR, it is an acronym that stands for:

    • Situation
    • Task
    • Action
    • Result

      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 .

      Working for the Civil Service

      The Civil Service Code 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 .

      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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