Department for International Trade
About the job
Finance is at the heart of decision making in the Department for International Trade.
The Strategic Finance team works across the department to understand delivery plans and the associated funding requirements, providing expert financial advice, analysis and assurance to Ministers, Executive Boards and budget holders.
The Strategic Finance team is recruiting a high calibre finance professional to join as a Finance Business Partner. Finance Business Partners work closely with the groups within the Department for International Trade, providing financial information, advice, challenge and assurance to enable effective decision making. They champion a value for money culture and embed a robust financial planning management and control regime throughout the department.
Key responsibilities will include:
The role will be based in either Darlington or London. You will be asked to express a location preference during the application process.
Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas.
Informal hybrid working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.
Most DIT employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) inanoffice, on average. If your office location is London, you will be eligible to receive London weighting.
Appointments will be made to candidates in merit order based on location preferences.
Support in applying for our vacancies is available by joining a virtual Candidate Support Session .These sessions include helpful tips and advice on the recruitment process, from application to interview.
Personal Attributes & Skills
The successful applicant will be a strong leader who can work collaboratively and build influential relationships. They will have a broad skill base with a focus on thinking strategically about a wide range of organisational problems and coming up with innovative solutions. Applicants will also demonstrate the ability to work across organisational boundaries in order to deliver with strong communication skills, including communicating complex information to non-specialist audiences and influencing the decision making of senior management.
Crucially we are looking for you to:
• Be a credible and authentic leader, with the ability to articulate a vision, engage and motivate people to deliver results.
• Demonstrate the confidence, composure, credibility and resilience needed to challenge and influence senior stakeholders in a considered and professional manner.
• Show the ability and willingness to make difficult decisions and stand by them, communicating effectively to inspire colleagues and stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
• Show that you have the skills to provide insight and clear strategic understanding to ensure financial objectives are embedded into the decision making process.
• Show the ability to build a network of relationships across organisational boundaries that support collaborative working in order to deliver.
• Recognise change as an opportunity to deliver efficiency and innovation acting as an agent for change when you identify the chance to protect, drive and add value.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Things you need to know
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window) , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
This recruitment is continuing as usual, but candidates should be aware that following a Government announcement on the changes to some civil service departments, roles will be located in the new Department for Business and Trade.
Interviews for this vacancy will be conducted virtually. We will, however, consider in-person interviews by exception.
Please ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
Sift will take place week commencing 27/02/2023.
Interviews will take place week commencing 06/03/2023.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Please align your CV with previous skills and experience. Maximum of 2 A4 pages.
If you are offered an interview, you will be asked to give a presentation.
For this role, the Department will not consider sponsoring a visa or issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship. Please note we are unable to offer advice on any Visa and Immigration cases.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
In order to process applications without delay, we will be s ending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service 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.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
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.
Please note – the successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of 18 months before being released for another role.
The Department for International Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation.
Please note – harmonised terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.
Any move to the Department for International Trade 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 at
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