Finance Lead – Department for International Development – Darlington

Department for International Development

Job summary

Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

The role and our team

The Matrix Programme is a transformation programme involving nine government departments. It is a unique cross-government collaboration that will unlock simpler better and more joined up working by bringing together the systems, processes and ways of working for key government functions such as Finance or HR, commonly known as Shared Services. The post sits in the Shared Services Team, a fantastic team passionate about improving the existing shared services experience for BEIS and its partners whilst working to deliver the strategic objectives of the new Government Shared Services Strategy through the Matrix Programme. There will also be a clear line of accountability and support from the Finance Deputy Director. We are looking for a Finance functional representative for BEIS, responsible for ensuring functional directors and process owners across BEIS and partners are engaged and needs are appropriately reflected in the pan-Department Matrix programme for shared services. You will represent BEIS on working groups on policy, processes, data, operating model considerations, requirements, cost model and other collateral. You will also be responsible for ensuring effective briefing, engagement and change management activities take place and ensuring alignment of communications to the Design Authority, working closely with the BEIS Programme Manager and wider programme team. Due to the Machinery of Government (MoG) change the role will be working across the new departments rather than BEIS.Read more about BEIS Digital on and find us on YouTube:

Person specification

Key responsibilities

• Leadership – provide visible and strong functional change leadership for BEIS, engaging stakeholders and creating the right conditions to support effective change across people, process and technologies. • Representation – act as the key finance representative for the department and relevant Arm’s Length Bodies at working groups on policy, processes, data, operating model considerations, requirements, cost model and other collateral. Take responsibility for approving artefacts on behalf of the department and agreeing these in advance with senior Finance stakeholders. • Change management – ensure effective briefing, engagement and change management activities take place in respect of the department are aligned to the Design Authority. Own key business change and change readiness documents. • Stakeholder engagement and management – quickly build trust and credibility through effective relationships, working collaboratively and providing effective challenge to drive forward the required changes. • Communications – ensure effective briefing of Finance stakeholders and work closely with programme colleagues to ensure communications support the understanding and acceptance of change, enabling programme benefits to be realised. • Delivery – ability to deliver change in an operational environment, working with programme colleagues to ensure impacts, including financial benefits, are fully understood, documented and planned for across people, process and technologies.

Skills and experience

Essential criteria This is your opportunity to further your career and lead for Finance on an ambitious change programme for the department as we reshape shared services, moving to a new operating model with other government departments. Does this sound like the role for you?We would love to hear from you if can demonstrate you have: • Significant Finance experience and expertise (ideally across a range of specialisms) with the ability to confidently speak for Finance, engaging relevant colleagues as required. • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to inspire confidence from a range of stakeholders and drive forwards change as we develop and implement new ways of working. • Ability to use initiative to work through problems and look ahead to ensure successful delivery, challenging and supporting functional colleagues, and providing and securing the BEIS Finance input to the programme.• Highly organised with ability to quickly understand and assess issues, set direction and lead others to drive change across people, process and technologies. Desirable criteria Experience of working on change programmes would be advantageous. It is unusual that all candidates will meet all the desired criteria. If your skills and experience look slightly different from what we have identified and you think you can bring value to the Finance lead and the team, we strongly encourage you to apply. 


Required: Fully qualified accountant (ACCA, ACA, CIPFA or CIMA).


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Benefits

    BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

    A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.

    Automatic enrolment into the , with an average employer contribution of 27%.

    A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

    An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

    Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

    A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need (from September 2021, depending on how the public health guidance evolves).

    Things you need to know

    Selection process details

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

    As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement.

    Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

    Please use your personal statement (in no more than 750 words) to address how your skills and experience align to the Essential criteria noted for this role.

    Applications will be sifted on CV and personal statement.

    In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.

    Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

    The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

    Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time.

    Sift and interview dates

    Expected Timeline subject to change

    Sift dates: 06/04/2023

    Interview dates: 20/04/2023

    Interview Location: MS Teams.

    Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

    Further Information

    Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

    Existing BEIS recruitment campaigns are continuing as usual, but candidates should be aware that following the on the changes to some civil service departments, roles may be subject to the machinery of government moves and will ultimately be located in one of the new departments. We will provide more information if you are selected for a role. . This work remains of high importance to the civil service, and we thank you for your continued interest.

    Reasonable Adjustment

    If a disabled person is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

    If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
  • Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional
  • We are proud to be a disability confident leader, more information about the Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) and some examples of adjustments that BEIS offers to disabled candidates and candidates with long-term health conditions during our recruitment process can be found in our . A of the guidance is also available.

    If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

    If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

    New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

    A location based reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position.

    Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

    Any move to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility

    BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home). 

    BEIS cannot offer Visa sponsorship to candidates through this campaign. BEIS holds a Visa sponsorship licence but this can only be used for certain roles and this campaign does not qualify.

    In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to (Select as applicable from: Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland/ on your behalf.

    However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading. 

    For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

    Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

    A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.


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


    Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.People working with government assets must complete checks.

    Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
  • Working for the Civil Service

    The 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 .The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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