Senior Financial Planning and Efficiencies Accountant 34 views

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Job summary

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), we encourage applications from everyone, particularly groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has and promote inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all. Our recruitment process is anonymised, which means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

Are you skilled in financial planning and budgeting, financial business partnering or financial reporting?

Can you communicate complex financial information to a variety of audiences?

Can you confidently lead on work and deliver against tight deadlines?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

The Finance and Assurance Services (FAS) Directorate at DVLA is a vibrant and dynamic place to work. We play a key role in supporting the Agency to achieve its strategic aims and to deliver effective value for money by providing clear advice and robust insight to inform decisions. We are agile and alert to emerging opportunities for continuous improvement. We also offer modern, flexible ways of working and opportunities for you to develop as part of a welcoming and innovative team.

Our strategy is to be at the heart of decision-making. We are experts in our field and pride ourselves on providing a professional service to all of our customers and stakeholders. We operate within seamless governance and assurance processes and we are fully committed to developing all of our staff to their full potential through formal learning and development courses and more informal shadowing and mentoring opportunities.

Job description

We are looking for a qualified senior accountant to join our Financial Planning & Costing team in the FAS Directorate. Our team has a wide remit and we work with a vast range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure excellence in financial performance and reporting.

We are a very friendly and inclusive team, constantly seeking to improve how we work and always welcome new ideas to shape this.

The successful candidate will take ownership of the production of DVLA’s future year financial forecasts, and tracking and reporting realised and forecast efficiency savings. This is a high profile, engaging role where you will build strong relationships with senior colleagues across different disciplines and develop a deep understanding of our business. You will gain insight to the whole agency, allowing you to see the bigger picture and understand how your role contributes to wider operations.

This role carries line management responsibilities. If you have not worked as a manager previously, we will support you to develop the necessary skills.

Of the Functional Accountabilities set out in the role profile attached, this role relates predominantly to ‘Financial Planning’ which incorporates the following:

  • Leading the production of DVLA’s future year financial forecasts, and reporting these forecasts to the DVLA Executive Team, Agency Board, and senior stakeholders at Department for Transport (DfT).
  • Supporting, scrutinising and challenging the directorate in producing robust forecasts ensuring that we are effectively linking our financial performance to the delivery of the Agency’s strategic aims.
  • Tracking and reporting realised and forecast efficiency savings, ensuring that these are factored in to forecasts and inform DVLA’s future Business Plan and Spending Review submissions.
  • Line management of at least one HEO team member, overseeing their work and actively supporting their development.
  • Developing a firm understanding of the business to ensure valuable insight can be provided to senior DVLA staff. This includes identifying underlying cost drivers to inform decisions on spend.
  • Advising on central government and DVLA-specific financial policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Leading on other ad hoc cross-cutting areas for the team and wider FAS Directorate. This could include covering reporting duties on behalf of the wider team and taking a leading role in ongoing improvements into reporting and control processes.


Your responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Financial planning (this is a key element)
  • Development of financial models as appropriate to the business area
  • Provide support in implementation of financial processes
  • Advise on financial policies, processes and procedures.

For further information about the role please see the attached role profile. Please click here for Word version, and here for the PDF.

Additional Information 

Applications will be accepted from full time/part time/job sharers. Full time roles at DVLA consist of 37 hours per week. Part time and/or flexible working may also be available subject to the needs of the business. If you have a flexible or part time working requirement, you should contact the vacancy holder in advance of making an application to avoid possible disappointment later in the process should your desired working arrangements not be compatible with the requirements of the role. To contact the vacancy holder, please use the job contact details listed under ‘Contact point for applicants’.

This role will be based in Swansea, and we will be operating a hybrid working model that allows you to work between home and on-site giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work, subject to business needs and this also allows for ongoing support, development, and collaboration with colleagues.

Therefore, the expectation is that you will spend a minimum of 60% of your working time based at your principal workplace (DVLA). We would encourage you to discuss the working arrangements for this role with us during the recruitment process.

Person specification

We are looking for someone:

  • Who is a fully qualified member of a CCAB recognised accountancy body.
  • With advanced practical skills in one or more of the following areas: planning and budgeting, finance business partnering, or financial reporting.
  • With strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills. You should be an excellent communicator with the ability to tailor your communication style to your audience, interpreting complex financial information and making it accessible to all key stakeholders.
  • Who is confident taking the lead with your work to deliver against tight deadlines, but who is also keen to collaborate with others, building strong stakeholder networks and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Experienced in leading on the production of financial analysis or financial reports within firm deadlines.
  • With effective data analysis skills to provide clear and concise financial insight to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • With excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, and the ability to build good working relationships at pace.

We strive to ensure that DVLA is a great place to work where everybody can be their true self, be treated with dignity and respect, and according to their individual needs. We have a number of staff network groups run by staff to support their colleagues.

Due to the evolving nature of the business, vacancies can become available at any time. Therefore, this campaign may create a reserve list to fulfil demand if it arises which will be held for a period of 12 months.


Candidates must hold CCAB membership.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture

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