Finance and Business Support Lead






£38,751 - £43,847

Closing date:

30th November 2020

This role is within the DDTS Security team. This role will be the lead in supporting the Security Risk Owner (SRO) with financial support across the security department. This will include providing monthly Management Information relating the financial performance of the Defra team and its key budget lines to ensure that expenditure is in line with spending review targets

The finance role is a very specific role with a very specific skill set which requires a high level of analytical skill and a key eye for detail. The post holder will need to explain complex aspects of finance and provide expert advice and recommendations, anticipating, evaluating and highlighting key risks along the way.

This role requires a security clearance.


• The role holder will communicate monthly and quarterly financial performance up to the SRO on the department’s financial performance.

• The role holder will need extensive experience in establishing networks with business leaders and specialist communities across large complex organisations and with associated suppliers, and using them to help develop financial operating models and clustering models

• Frequent communication required at all levels and up to Deputy Director level across Defra and also senior levels with suppliers and other Government departments and Arm’s Length Bodies.

• The role holder has to balance the requirements of multiple organisations and stakeholders, use judgement and flexibility in identifying problems and ensure any proposed solutions is practical and cost effective. For example in developing an operating model for charging of clustering services.

• The role contributes significantly to decisions taken by senior grades across the Defra group, through provision of and proposed management of financial risks and issues. Expert knowledge and guidance to put forward and defend the preferred option. The evaluation of multiple conflicting factors will be needed to recommend a workable, pragmatic solution.

• The role holder will also need to contribute to the Business Support Function by being the point of contact for HR queries relating to Training and development. The holder will need to liaise with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the team is able to access and benefit from a wide range of appropriate courses. They will need to promote the courses and ensure sufficient budget is available to cover the demand.

• The final element of the role will require the post holder to carry out additional ad-hoc business support duties to support the Defra security team. This may involve undertaking a range of audits across SharePoint or collating of staff responses , participating in the rollout of new capabilities and cover for peers within the team from time to time

Essential skills and experience
• Background in cyber security, physical security, personnel security, technology, risk management or data professions.

• Experience of working with contracts and acting as an intelligent customer.

• Experience providing significant Financial support to senior executives in a in government or large commercial environment.

• The role holder will need extensive experience in establishing networks with business leaders and specialist communities across large complex organisations and with associated suppliers, and using them to help develop clustering models, define services and objectives for transition roadmap.

• Problem solving in a complex environment, across multiple stakeholders requiring significant judgement and the highest briefing standards, both written and face to face.

• Experience of engaging, advising and influencing at all levels of an organisation including senior managers and proven leadership skills in challenging and complex environments.

• Ability to take a cross-government approach, considering the impact of your decisions in the broadest of settings.

• Ability to form excellent relationships within your department and with the wider security community including teams and the UK Intelligence Community.

• Managing complex and diverse workload, drawing on multiple teams to complete tasks.

• Performing effectively to deadlines, maintaining focus in challenging situations and adapting to find solutions that meet the needs of stakeholders.

• Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to translate complex/technical security capability considerations/ into a simple business opportunity narrative that leaders can easily understand and make informed business decisions on risk and organisational change. The role will communicate monthly up to Chief Operating Officer (COO) level on security risk and possible solutions.