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Finance Officer

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Job summary

£30652 - £35110
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
28 April 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Finance Officer within Social Security Scotland based in 4 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Scotland Act 2016 devolves responsibility for a number of social security benefits to Scottish Ministers, as well as the power to top up benefits and create new benefits. The benefits to be devolved amount to some £2.9bn expenditure per year in Scotland and required the creation of a new Agency, Social Security Scotland, to deliver these benefits to citizens.

The Social Security Programme Directorate has been established to take forward the Scotland Act powers on devolved benefits. This vacancy is in the Social Security Programme Management & Delivery Division of the Directorate. Programme Finance sits within the Programme Management & Delivery division within the Social Security Programme, working alongside Policy, Analysis, technology and change management experts to ensure that the Social Security Programme achieves value for money, continues to be affordable, and achieves its planned outcomes. This is a large and growing business area: there are over 800 people in the Programme currently and this will continue to grow over the next year.

Programme Finance covers four key areas:

• Financial planning – supporting future years planning and the overarching business case for Social Security
• Financial planning – supporting the key business cases underpinning the programme
• Management accounts and monthly reporting
• Financial accounting, controls and governance

We are recruiting for an Assistant Finance Manager to work within our Business Cases and Management Accounts & Monthly reporting teams. This role includes working with wider Programme colleagues to support development and track progress of business cases, and supporting month-end activity including journaling and analysing spend, reviewing forecasts, and discussing performance with Finance Leads and Budget Holders. There will also be wider team activity they can support, including developing our guidance for all staff and improving our processes and controls.

This is a key role and will require the post holder to provide budget holders with sound financial guidance and advice. The role will require partnership working with senior budget holders to ensure compliance with all statutory requirements and best practice to assist business areas in achieving their objectives.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Relevant experience in a similar role may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Be able to demonstrate ability to apply your developing professional judgement in accountancy. With current knowledge of financial regulations.
2. Understanding and working knowledge of financial systems. Advanced excel skills with a proven track record of using excel effectively as a business tool.
3. Well-developed interpersonal skills, confident communicator with refined written communication skills and excellent attention to detail. Proven experience of stakeholder management across diverse teams.
4. Excellent numerical and analytical skills. With the ability to present complex information in a logical manner.

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 UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• 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

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
Sift: week commencing 03/05/2021
Interview/Assessment: week commencing 17/05/2021

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Resourcing Team at socialsecurityprogramme_resourcing@gov.scot.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


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