Head of Finance

Liverpool, Merseyside
£64,000 - £117,800
28 Jun 2017
28 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Head of Finance
Reporting to: Director of Finance, Planning & Performance   
Salary: £64,000 - £117,800                            
Band: SCS1    
Term: Permanent    
Location: Liverpool - with regular travel to other CCS offices 


It’s been two years since the Crown Commercial Service was established. We’re making a big difference - delivering significant savings for the taxpayer and contributing to the delivery of excellent public services.

We sit at the heart of the government’s commercial reform programme, as a Trading Fund and Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office.  CCS brings together policy, advice and buying services. We are on course to deliver £2bn of savings over the Spending Review period (2016/17-2019/20).

We work with 1,400 organisations across central government and the wider public sector and some 2,600 suppliers. On behalf of our customers, we procure everything from computers for schools and offices, to locum doctors, stationery and marketing services. We use our commercial expertise and combined purchasing power to secure competitive deals, and we offer procurement advice to customers to help them deliver services in an effective and efficient way. Our staff - at our offices in Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Newport and Norwich - pride themselves on providing great value for the taxpayer by helping our customers in central government and across the wider public sector to make a difference to people’s lives.

Job Description:

The post holder will support the Director of Finance, Planning and Performance with effective financial stewardship of the CCS Trading Fund and will be responsible for ensuring a high standard of financial management, integrity and planning. The post holder will ensure the organisation achieves its objectives in line with the overall Agency Business Plan and that all CCS activities are financially viable and its assets managed appropriately.

Key Accountabilities:

The post-holder will be responsible for:

Financial Forecasting, Budgeting and Reporting

Developing with Directors and managers the CCS Medium Term Financial Forecast and annual budget.

Delivery of accurate and effective financial planning and budget strategies, models and methods allied to the provision of regular, accurate and robust reporting of financial performance and management of assets to the CCS Board. This will also include responsibility for external reporting through the Agency’s Annual Report and Accounts and other statutory returns.

Ensure that budget holders and scheme managers are appropriately advised, supported and challenged to enable them to manage their budgets effectively ensuring value for money for the agency that is reflected in accurate and robust forecasting of income and expenditure.

Ensure monthly financial and related non-financial reports along with commentary are produced in line with the reporting schedule.

Appraising, monitoring and developing improvements in investment appraisal and project management.

Compliance & Control

Ensure compliance with Treasury guidelines on Managing Public Money and that controls are in place which are robust and effective, satisfying both internal and external audit requirements and ensuring that accounting records are fit for purpose to enable the CCS annual accounts to be constructed.

Responsibility and ownership for ensuring that the Agency has robust systems of internal control in place in respect of financial reporting and governance arrangements and that the reporting requirements set against these areas is timely, consistent, accurate, relevant and meaningful. 

Ensure that financial business risks are being tracked and mitigated as effectively as possible.

Ensure that the cash flow of the Trading Fund is properly managed and controlled.

Internal Agency Project and Business Support

Work with the wider business to understand results, variances, trends and key performance indicators.  Consider and analyse the impact of decisions, providing helpful and meaningful advice

Provide advice, support and challenge on investment cases and special projects and with the preparation and evaluation of associated business cases including the identification of costs and benefits within such.

Support investment and change decisions by ensuring that business cases and financial models are robust and accurate.


Support the production of analytical assurance statements.

Delivery of excellent monitoring of income and expenditure, gathering of business intelligence, variance analysis and explanation. Liaison with relevant stakeholder groups to ensure continuous improvements.

Leadership & Management

To provide leadership and management of effective and efficient financial policies, processes and procedures.

Execute management responsibilities effectively, working with, leading and acting as a role model for team members and colleagues, ensuring capabilities to achieve successful delivery of business performance whilst maximising efficiency and effectiveness.

Prepare briefings to senior management.

In support of the wider business, champion the continued development and reporting of activity and unit costs, improving links with business planning, fee strategy and management decisions, and Finance Business Partners

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria:

  • Qualified Accountant – CCAB or equivalent qualification
  • Significant post qualification experience in a finance environment within financial and management accounting disciplines (preferably within a Trading Fund).
  • Highly developed planning and organisational skills in a financial environment.
  • Have significant experience of general financial management including; producing sets of published accounts following external audit, managing financial control systems and processes, financial systems administration, financial analysis and financial policy development.
  • Demonstrable experience of preparing financial plans and forecasts, preparing medium term financial plans, annual budgets & forecasts.
  • Proven stakeholder management abilities (including influencing and negotiating) in managing relationships (preferably with experience within central government departments and the wider Civil Service).
  • Highly developed people leadership, management and communication skills


1.  Seeing the Big Picture

2.  Making Effective Decisions

3.  Leading and Communicating

4.  Collaborating and Partnering

5.  Achieving Commercial Outcomes

6.  Delivering Value for Money

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