Director, Financial Controls

Department for Work and Pensions

This role can be based out of either Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Blackpool or Manchester DWP hub locations.

  • Location

    This role can be based out of either Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Blackpool or Manchester DWP hub locations.

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    up to £110,000 per annum

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    13 September 2021

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe76648

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in the largest Civil Service department that touches the lives of citizens across the breadth of the UK. What we do matters. We serve over 22 million customers a year - we keep children out of poverty; we help people without jobs to find work so that they can support themselves and their families; we ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected.

The last 15 months have been challenging ones, but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has played a huge part in supporting the Government’s response, and has been at the heart of supporting those who are most vulnerable and affected by the crisis. DWP delivered a range of measures through the welfare system amounting to £9.3bn of additional support.

The Director, Financial Controls is one of nine directors reporting to the Finance Director General, and performs a business critical role. This director is key to enabling the Permanent Secretary to fulfil his role as the department’s Accounting Officer, by ensuring financial propriety and robust controls are embedded throughout the department and their work. With lead responsibility for the Department’s financial accounting, this role leads the annual accounts process, making sure that the £220bn of public money delivered in welfare benefits is properly accounted for and reported on transparently and accurately, as well as making and advising on critical expenditure decisions.

With a team of circa 400 finance professionals working in a variety of locations, this role also has significant leadership responsibilities, both within the department and the cross-departmental Government Finance Function. It will support DWP Finance Group in delivering more effective and efficient services, and critically, leading financial policy and standard setting, along with the management of departmental financial controls.

This role calls for candidates with experience as a senior finance professional, capable of providing sound advice across a range of high profile and demanding finance disciplines. Your technical competence will need to be strong, as you will need to be credible with a range of external and internal stakeholders including ministers and the Permanent Secretary, the National Audit Office and the Departmental Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. As such, you will have the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships across a broad group of stakeholders. Proven senior leadership skills with the ability to demonstrate how you have developed team cultures that deliver high performance against stretching goals as well as improving individual capabilities is also essential.

The public expect us to deliver the highest quality services at the best value, ensuring that every pound is well spent; the postholder will have an essential part to play in driving this agenda in the department. They will also shape and lead the changes the Government Finance Function is making to ensure increased value for money in the delivery of services and to reform finance processes using new technology and better use of data.

If you think this role is right for you, then we would encourage you to apply.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
23.55pm - Monday 13 September 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c 27 September 2021

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c 4 & 11 October 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c 18 October 2021

w/c 25 October & w/c 1 November 2021

Final Panel Interviews
w/c 8 November 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation no later than 23:55pm on Monday 13 September 2021.

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years;
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification;
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form is mandatory but it includes the option ‘prefer not to say’.

Failure to submit these documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

For more information, an informal discussion or if you are unable to apply online, please contact in the first instance.