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Job summary

This position is to lead the Financial Accounting Team of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). This specialist team sits at the heart of Finance. The team is responsible for the integrity of the finance systems, statutory reporting and managing the balance sheet including fixed assets.

This is a key position offering an opportunity to shape how the team operates and influence its future direction.

Applicants must be CCAB qualified (or equivalent) with an excellent track record of delivery in large and complex organisations. You will enjoy collaborating and working with a broad range of stakeholders.

Job description

DVSA is a large, complex government organisation responsible for road safety. It operates across Great Britain generating annual income of around £400m and employing c4,600 people.

The Head of Financial Accounting is responsible for ensuring effective financial stewardship of DVSA. This includes compliance with financial standards and best practice, delivery of the Annual Report and Accounts, managing the annual audit and delivering an unqualified audit opinion.

The position directly leads a team of 5 colleagues, also providing influence and direction to the whole of the Finance department on matters of financial accounting. It provides expertise in financial accounting and has exposure to senior leaders as well as external stakeholders.

The position works with managers and leaders across the Agency supporting front-line delivery and decision making.


The main duties and responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to the achievement of the DVSA strategy by ensuring that the organisation has robust systems of internal control, is financially sustainable meeting its financial objectives while realising value for money.
  • Provide assurance to the Accounting Officer as to the propriety and regularity of all income and expenditure, assets, liabilities and reserves and ensure the accuracy and integrity of DVSA’s financial accounts and accounting procedures.
  • Production of accurate and timely financial reporting including the published Annual Report and Accounts.

For more information about the role and responsibilities please refer to the candidate pack attached.

Person specification

You will be a fully qualified CCAB Accountant (or equivalent) with excellent knowledge and experience of financial accounting. You will have great communicating and influencing skills and able to deliver complex finance messages to a broad range of stakeholders. You recognise the benefits of change and encourage a culture of continuous improvement.

You are proactive with a strong record of delivery. You will have experience of leading financial activities in a large and complex organisation. You will have the confidence and enthusiasm to make a real impact within our team driving those around you to achieve the same shared objectives.

Additional Information

Please take note that DVSA does not hold a UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) Skilled Worker License sponsor and are unable to sponsor any individuals for Skilled Worker Sponsorship.

This role can be based in BristolNottingham or Swansea, your presence at one of these locations will form part of the working arrangements agreed with you. We operate a hybrid working model giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work. Our expectation is that you will spend a minimum 60% of your time at your base location. Visits to other DVSA sites or work locations count towards this.

Whilst we welcome applications from those looking to work with us on a part time basis, there is a business requirement, for the successful candidate to be able to work at least 30 hours per week.

Some travel will be necessary depending on location (estimated, 1 overnight trip per quarter, and 2 day trips per month).

About Us

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps keep Britain moving, safely and sustainably.

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