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Senior Management Accountant

  • 23/05/2024
  • £40808.00 /yearly
  • Part Time & Permanent
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Job Overview

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Part Time & Permanent


£40,808 yearly

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Bristol, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Swansea

Job summary

Are you a determined finance professional?

Do you thrive in a constantly evolving environment?

Are you able to adapt your communication style to suit your audience? 

If so, we'd love to hear from you!

Job description

The role of the Senior Management Accountant is to support the production of monthly management accounts in accordance with Government Accounting principles, with responsibility to deliver transparent and realistic budgets and forecast for specific areas of business.

There will be responsibility for In-year financial management, adding value to the numbers by ensuring the integrity and accuracy of data, that financial risks, issues and opportunities are captured and monitored and that a clear narrative is provided on the financial position which reflects a sound understanding of the business supported and its objectives.

The role holder will provide leadership, strategic direction and ensure effective service delivery. This will involve dealing with greater complexity and ambiguity, for example, in navigating a path to provide insightful management reporting from disparate datasets and uncertainties in the operating environment. Drawing out the story from the data, explaining what the numbers are demonstrating and highlighting whether there is cause for concern or a need to act.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the preparation, and presentation of in-year financial information into the monthly financial reports.
  • Lead on the interpretation of in-year financial information from the monthly financial reporting pack.
  • Provide assurance on integrity of information on financial systems, advising on the correct accounting treatment of complex transactions.
  • Provide financial analysis and insight, through meaningful variance analysis commentary including risk management, mitigating actions, deep dives, or financial modelling.
  • Preparing financial models.

For more information about the role and responsibilities please see the attached Candidate Pack.

Person specification

Essential skills and experience

  • Experience of producing monthly management accounts / financial reports.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with key stakeholders e.g. Finance Business Partners, Governance, senior budget managers (CSLs).
  • Good coaching and leadership skills with the ability to effectively manage a team.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate with stakeholders.

To thrive in this role, you have experience of working to a monthly management accounting timetable, for example; meetings with budget holders, general ledger accounting for accruals / corrections and forecasting. You have experience of utilising facts and evidence to aid negotiation and influencing, for example forecasting, business cases and decision making.

You are a confident communicator and can deliver sophisticated financial concepts to a varied audience, both verbally and in writing. 

Building relationships comes naturally to you, helping you to craft and define new partnerships.

Embracing and delivering change is one of your strengths and you enjoy supporting others by developing fit for purpose communications, in line with the business requirements.

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. 

Additional Information

This role can be based in , NottinghamBristol, Swansea or Newcastle,  where presence at one of these sites will form part of the working arrangements agreed with you.

There will be occasional travel required with this role to other DVSA locations, including overnight stays.

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 candidates looking for part-time work, there is a business requirement for the successful candidates to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

About Us

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


We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe and sustainable journeys, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles. 

Were working hard to:  

  • Make roads safer.
  • Improve services for our customers.
  • Make road transport greener and healthier. 
  • Harness the potential of technology and data. 
  • Grow and level up the economy.

Were committed to giving all our colleagues purpose, professionalism and pride in what we do. We work in supportive, diverse and inclusive teams where everyone is valued. You can grow, develop and progress, and make a real difference to society. 

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice and welcome and encourage applications from everyone, such as ethnic minorities, women, disabled people and those who identify as LGBT+. 
To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace and making DVSA a great place to work visit our Careers website


Up-to-date membership of one of the UK accounting bodies (CIMA, CIPFA, ACCA or ICAEW) and either fully qualified, or part qualified with a commitment to complete the qualification.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • An environment with flexible working options where we encourage a great work-life balance.
  • Exceptional pension with an employer contribution of an average of 27%. 
  • Generous Annual Leave - 25 days holiday, increasing by 1 each year of service, up to 30.
  • 8 Bank Holidays plus an additional Privilege Day to mark the Kings birthday.  
  • Latest IT and Tech devices.  
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity with a range of staff communities to support all our colleagues. 
  • Excellent learning and development tailored to your role including paid apprenticeships up to Masters level.
  • Wide range of discounts schemes on high street names.
  • Employee assistance program for health and wellbeing.
  • Cycle to work scheme and Gym membership offers.

For more information see visit our careers page


Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

How to Apply 

As part of the application process you will be asked to provide the following:

1. A written behavioural example of 250 words per behaviour, that provides evidence of you having demonstrated the following behaviours and indicators:


  • Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and services to ensure delivery of professional excellence.
  • Successfully deliver high quality outcomes that meet the customers needs and gives value for money.


  • Encourage joined up teamwork within own team and across other groups. Establish professional relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with these to share information, resources and support.

We may conduct an initial sift on Working Together as a lead behaviour.

2. A tailored CV that demonstrates key achievements and suitability for the role and the Essential criteria.

3. A Personal Statement.

For your Personal Statement, please provide detailed evidence of the following:

  • Experience of producing monthly management accounts / financial reports.
  • Experience of developing collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, e.g. Finance Business Partners, Governance, senior budget managers.

Your Personal Statement will be limited to a maximum of 500 words.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment will include: 

  • An interview and presentation.

The sift is due to take place week commencing 10th June 2024.

Interviews are likely to be held from 26th June 2024.

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.  

Well try to meet the dates weve set out in the advert, but there may be occasions when these dates will change. Well give you plenty of notice of any important dates. 

If you would like to find out more about what its like to work for DVSA and how to apply, we will be holding virtual sessions to find out more. Please click here to secure your place at one of our upcoming events. 

Youre encouraged to become familiar with the candidate pack attached, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

The Department for Transport recruits using Success Profiles. For each role, we consider what you need to demonstrate to be successful. 

This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.  

You can read more about Success Profiles here

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the "Contact point for applications" section.

Reasonable Adjustments

As a Disability Confident Leader employer, we are committed to ensuring that the recruitment process is fair, accessible and allows all candidates to perform at their best. If a person with a visible or non-visible disability is substantially disadvantaged, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

Complete the Assistance required section in the Additional requirements page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need during the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at an interview, or if youre deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you need a reasonable adjustment so that you can complete your application, you should contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Document Accessibility

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

This job advert contains links to the DfT Careers website. Our website provides useful guidance and information that can support you during the application process. If you cannot access the information on our website for any reason, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Further Information

For more information about how we hire, and for useful tips on submitting your application for this role, visit the How We Hire page of our DfT Careers website. You can find detailed information about the recruitment process and what to expect when applying for a role.

Pre-employment Checking

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicants details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5-year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Recruitment team

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected]
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Visit the Civil Service Commission website Here


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