Head of Royal Finances – Department for International Development – Darlington

Department for International Development

Job summary

About HM Treasury

If you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives across the country, the Treasury is the department for you! We sit at the centre of everything that the Government does and have provided advice on economic policy and decisions that affect the public finances throughout the country’s history. A Treasury career continues to offer an exciting opportunity to be part of the decision making that affects the whole of the UK.

Working at the heart of government, we collaborate with other departments to ensure public money is spent well and to drive strong and sustainable economic growth. Our work ranges from protecting customers through to the regulation of the financial sector, helping to reduce carbon emissions and creating a greener economy, supporting people across the country through the COVID 19 furlough scheme and Plan for Jobs as well as helping first time buyers buy their first home.

HM Treasury is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at developing policy that is reflective of the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, gender, age ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

The Darlington Economic Campus is a pioneering new cross-government hub which will bring people together across departments and public organisations to play an active role in the most important issues of the day.

HM Treasury in Darlington will be joined by the Department for International Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Office for National Statistics, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Competition and Markets Authority, the Department for Education and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Job description

About the Group

Public Services Group

The Public Services Group is at the heart of the Treasury’s work to secure strong and sustainable public finances. We manage public spending of more than £250 billion across key public services and departments, including health, education, the police, the criminal justice system, local government, housing, defence and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

We do this by working with other government departments, ministers, and other Treasury teams to ensure that spending plans support high quality public services and provide value for money for the taxpayer. 

Our roles offer a range of opportunities to work with senior leaders in other government departments, as well as helping to ensure the effective delivery of public services that so many people rely on.

About the Team

Treasury Officer of Accounts Team is the oldest team in HMT and works at the centre of the Treasury to shape and advise on all matters of government spending. As a result, we get involved in a wide range of policy issues, including many of the most sensitive and highest profile decisions taken across government.

The team also oversees Royal Finance matters in relation to the Crown Estate, Royal Duchies and Royal Household.

We work closely with senior officials and other Treasury teams as well as other government departments and act a source of counsel and support for Permanent Secretaries across government.

Our role also means we have a unique position at the interface between government and Parliament. We manage the relationship with the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee. As custodians of , Treasury Officer of Accounts Team works to ensure public funds are managed to high standards, in line with the expectations of Parliament. 

Within the team, we work flexibly, to support business resilience and team members’ working patterns, as well as provide development opportunities across the team.

About the Role

Head of Royal Finances is a unique role, leading the branch responsible for both overseeing the Sovereign Grant and other royal finance issues, as well as acting as shareholder and sponsor to the Crown Estate! The post holder will work very closely with the Deputy Director, who reports directly to the Permanent Secretary on these issues.

The Crown Estate (TCE) is a £15bn business, managing lands and properties owned by the Crown (including the seabed) and pays its revenue profits – £3 billion in the last ten years – to the Exchequer. It is in the early stages of enacting an ambitious new strategy, designed to address the challenges facing all property businesses, as well as deliver offshore developments needed to meet the government’s net zero targets. The role will include regular liaison with senior officials at TCE and include work on legislation or alternative solutions to enable this modernisation programme, as well as wider sponsorship functions, such as managing the recruitment of new board members.

The role also includes leading the Royal Finance branch including one range D and one range C official. In addition to managing the relationship with TCE, the Branch holds responsibility for working with the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster as well as the financial arrangements of Royal Household and the management of the Treasury role in the administration of the Sovereign Grant.

We don’t require you to be a policy professional or have any specific qualifications to apply to work as a Senior Policy Adviser at HM Treasury. We are looking for people who have the right set of skills for the role, who demonstrate the values of our organisation, and who are motivated to come and work with us on a range of issues that are at the heart of how we spend money and deliver public services. 

Key Accountabilities for this role include:

  • Engage with and shape policy recommendations concerning matters relating to Royal finances.
  • Provide clear, timely, and high-quality advice to HM Treasury Ministers on Royal finance related matters and how the Crown Estate can support the delivery of wider government objectives.
  • Work with Number 10 and Cabinet Officer regarding the appointment of senior leaders for the Crown Estate.
  • Lead on the review of the Sovereign Grant and projects relating to the modernisation of the Crown Estate.
  • Management of a small team to deliver Royal Finance Branch objectives.
  • Experience of sponsoring a Public Body and management of a small team is desirable but not essential.

    Person specification

    Required Skills, Experience and Behaviours: 

    The below criteria will be assessed in your application form.

    The lead criteria is

    1. Working Together: Ability to actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve progress on shared objectives. Being able to challenge assumptions while being willing to compromise if advantageous to progress.

    If we receive large volumes of applications, we will conduct an initial sift on the lead criteria only.

    We will assess the below further criteria in your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture: Ability to identify key issues and trade-offs within a project or proposal, taking into account the broader economic and political context.
  • Delivering at Pace: Evidencing the ability to ensure everyone clearly understands and owns their roles, responsibilities, and business priorities. Ability to maintain own levels of performance in challenging circumstances and encourage others to do the same.
  • Candidate Guidance on Completing your Application Form

    Where will we assess success profiles across your application form.

  • Behaviours – these will be assessed individually with a 250-word statement per behaviour. The application form will indicate which behaviour is being assessed each time you provide a statement, and we are ideally looking for an example using the below STAR method to demonstrate this behaviour in line with the full criteria stated
  • All elements of the success profiles will be linked to a defined criterion that demonstrates the behaviour, experience or technical skills. It is beneficial to ensure your answer focuses on the full criteria, and not just the related success profile, to give you the best chance or providing the evidence the panel wants to assess.

    In your statements, it is best to focus on one example in each section to allow you to provide enough detail in your answer and use all the words you have been allocated. Examples from a range of roles across your application will demonstrate that you have the skills, experience and behaviours we are looking for. We would also advise you to use examples that best meet the criteria, even if it is a few years old.

    How to Structure your Answer

    Please use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when writing your application answers.

  • Situation – Describe the situation you found yourself in and what happened.
  • Task – The Hiring Manager will want to understand what you tried to achieve from the situation that you found yourself in.
  • Action – What actions did you take and how did you do it. Make sure to use “I”, not “we” to explain how your actions lead to a result.
  • Result – Use facts and statistics to demonstrate the results that your actions produced. Explain whether it was a successful outcome, and if not, what you learned from the experience.
  • Notes to Candidates 

  • Please refer to the candidate FAQ document which is a link on the job advert – this will provide you with guidance on completing the application form. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issue accessing this document.
  • At HM Treasury, to maximise diversity and inclusion within our workforce, we operate a fair, open and anonymous recruitment process. This means that the sift panel will only be able to assess you on the written evidence supplied in your application answers. They will not have access to personal information.
  • You may be asked to provide some CV details during your application; however these will NOT be assessed during the process, but will be used to support discussions at interview – please ensure you put all information you would like to be scored against in your behaviour, experience and technical skill statements .
  • You will be assessed on your skills, experience and behaviours through the online application form. When completing your application form, please outline how you meet the requirements as detailed in the ‘Essential Criteria ‘section of this job description. This will give you the best chance to provide the evidence that the panel wants to assess. More guidance can be found here –.
  • If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed initially against the lead criterion alone. You will then be assessed against the other criteria if you have met the minimum score on the first criterion.
  • Find out more about how the Civil Service assesses candidates and uses to test skills, experience and behaviours in applications and interviews.
  • Applications are not reviewed until the closing date has passed. You will be notified of the outcome of your application as soon as the recruitment panel has reviewed all the applications.
  • Support to Candidates 

    Candidate Guidance Support Session

    We will be running an overview of Success Profiles and the STAR approach; top tips for the application and interview process and an opportunity to ask general questions around our recruitment practices. If you would like to join us, then use the link below to join the call at the right time.

    09 March 2023 17:30-18:15

    Recruitment Timeline

    Closing Date

    Shortlisting application forms


    21 March

    23-30 March

    w/c 17 April


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

  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Benefits

  • 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the King’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
  • A which provides an attractive pension, benefits for dependants and average employer contributions of 27%
  • Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
  • Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
  • A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
  • A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)
  • Flexible working arrangements:

    HM Treasury views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including; working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.

    We also offer a generous parental and adoption leave package.

    At HM Treasury we have an incredibly broad remit; our work touches every citizen of the country. So, it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are able to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

    Things you need to know

    Selection process details

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

    As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current HM Treasury member of staff, you will need to bring:

  • Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
  • Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months
  • Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60
  • If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.
  • If your right to work is granted through the EU Settlement Scheme , alongside you proof of identity you will need to provide either a letter of application or status outcome letter from the Home Office. If you are successful in being appointed to the role you will also be required to provide a Right to Work Share Code
  • Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview. If you cannot provide in the first instance, the above documentation required for employment checks, at interview, please contact [email protected], If you are offered the role, we will require all documentation, as this is part of the security vetting process. If you do not provide this at interview stage, this may slow down the process and delay your start date.

    If your contact details change at any time during the selection process, please ensure you update your Civil Service Jobs Profile.

    Eligibility Statement

    Individuals appointed to the Treasury Group will be subject to National Security Vetting. To allow for meaningful checks to be carried out applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 out of the past 5 years. A lack of UK residency in itself is not always a bar to security clearance but the Department will need to consider eligibility on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application. You will be asked to provide information regarding your UK residency during your application, and failure to provide this will result in your application being rejected.

    Everyone working with government assets must complete checks.

    For many roles, security clearance is also required. Successful candidates must meet the security requirements of the role before they can be appointed. The level of security clearance required for this role is (CT) 

    Please read the for information on what to expect during the vetting process and what will be expected from you.

    Many areas of your life may be explored during your vetting journey, and it is important that every individual, regardless of their background and experiences, should feel comfortable going through this personal process, whilst having confidence that it is fair, proportionate, and inclusive.

    These short address common concerns and preconceptions which applicants may have about national security vetting.

    If you have questions relating to security clearances, please contact .

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


    Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is .

    .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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