Chief Finance Officer (Section 151 Officer), Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Harpenden, Hertfordshire (with some cross-county travel expected)
Dependent on experience, £80,000 - £85,000 per annum
19 Jan 2018
19 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

This is an exciting opportunity to support the delivery of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s ambitious programme detailed in his Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan.

The Chief Finance Officer will ensure proper financial administration and good governance and work closely with the PCC and Chief Executive to formulate and implement a sound, sustainable business and financial strategy and advise on the financial implications of policy options and allocation of resources.

The successful candidate will be an experienced Section 151 officer.

Job Description

To fulfil the responsibilities of the Section 151 statutory Chief Finance Officer on behalf of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) ensuring arrangements are in place for proper financial administration and good governance.  To work with the Chief Executive in formulating and implementing a sound, sustainable business and financial strategy, to support delivery of the PCC’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and advising on the financial implications of policy options and allocation of resources.

Key Responsibilities

  • Fulfil the statutory Section 151 responsibilities.
  • Advise the PCC, separately and in liaison with the Chief Constable and Chief Constable’s CFO, on the overall financial plan, particularly on the precept and grant, to ensure effective financial governance arrangements are in place, in line with best practice, and effectively communicated.
  • Act as the PCC’s professional lead officer on budgetary matters including delivering strong budgetary control, treasury management, PCC commissioned capital projects, non-constabulary and partnership financial planning and monitoring, effective use of resources, and adequacy of financial reserves.
  • Develop the medium term financial strategy, and associated reserves and treasury management strategies and arrangements, to enable the delivery of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, and advice the PCC on the assumptions underpinning this.
  • Work with the Chief Executive in formulating a business and financial strategy, to support the PCC functions and delivery of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan.
  • Provide visible leadership within the PCC’s office as a member of the senior management team, including at the Strategic Executive Board.
  • Provide timely, sound and effective independent financial advice ensuring that the financial affairs of the OPCC are properly administered and that financial regulations are observed and kept up to date.
  • Arrange for the determination and issuing of the relevant precept demands.
  • Build the finance team and ensure that it is effective in providing support to the PCC and staff within the OPCC.
  • Ensure the production of the PCC’s statements of accounts and the overall group accounts, in accordance with statutory requirements and deadlines.
  • Engage with all audit processes (external, internal and joint audit committee) with the Chief Constable’s CFO.
  • Advise the PCC, in consultation of the Chief Executive, on the safeguarding of assets, including risk management and insurance.
  • Report to the PCC, to the Police and Crime Panel, to the joint audit committee and to the external auditor when it appears that expenditure by the PCC is likely to exceed the resources available to meet that expenditure.
  • Work with the Director of Governance in developing performance, assurance and risk management frameworks.
  • Support the Director of Delivery and Commissioning in developing and implementing a strategy that supports the objectives of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan.

General Duties

  • Proactively contribute to the strategic leadership, direction and overall management of the OPCC.
  • Be accountable for the work of the team and its effective delivery of services.
  • Ensure that the team has the capability and capacity it requires to deliver its range of services.
  • Develop annual objectives and delivery plans for the team and evaluate the work undertaken to ensure effective delivery, and adherence to deadlines and agreed timescales.
  • Assist with requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Engage effectively with local and national professional PCC CFO networks.
  • Undertake such other duties commensurate with the nature and responsibilities of the post.


Financial e.g. limits/mandates

  • Oversight of the OPCC budget of £1.6m and the constabulary budget of c. £185m.
  • Ensure production of the annual statement of accounts and the group accounts.

Non-financial e.g. staff responsibility

  • Line management of the finance, HR and IT staff and programme management.

Person Specification

  • Qualified member of a CCAB accountancy body, preferably CIPFA.
  • Understanding and ideally experience of fulfilling the role of a section 151 officer and the relevant statutory duties.
  • Experience of managing large multi-million pound budgets in a public sector organisation.
  • Experience of operating at a strategic level within a political and high profile environment.
  • Experience of financial planning including budget setting and medium term strategies.
  • Experience of leading change, transformation and modernisation programmes.
  • Experience of managing a finance team within a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Experience of developing treasury management strategies and processes.
  • Experience of working with senior managers to develop a performance management culture and deliver business plan targets and outcomes.
  • Knowledge of the financial environment within which policing operates.
  • Ability to interpret complex information and provide appropriate briefings to stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Understanding the importance of scrutiny, audit, governance and risk management arrangements.
  • Ability to network and build effective partnerships both internally and externally.

General Requirements

  • This is a full-time post working primarily at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at Harpenden Police Station.
  • Ability to travel around the tri-force area and nationally to attend meetings; a vehicle for business purposes must be provided by the post holder who should arrange business insurance.
  • The post holder will be expected to work additional hours and non-standard office hours. There is no formal shift pattern.
  • The post holder will be required to undertake training as and when required.
  • There is a requirement for the post holder to meet the probationary objectives set.
  • The post holder will be expected to comply with Health and Safety requirements.

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