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Chief Financial Officer

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Any DEFRA hub with regular travel to London
Circa £125000 - Existing civil servants will be in line with CS rules
Closing date
17 Jul 2022
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This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as we work on building a stronger, greener future for the UK in this post-Brexit world. Defra is the government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink.

We are building an inclusive culture to make Defra a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions. We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan is ambitious and we have a legislative agenda to deliver sweeping change across the Environment, Animal Welfare, Agriculture and Marine sectors. We have secured significant investment as part of the spending review to support service transformation and our finance team is at the forefront of improving and developing finance best practice across Government. We’re seeking an experienced CFO who can continue this work and bring strategic insight to support the leadership team as we restructure our Department to meet the delivery challenges ahead.

To succeed in this fascinating role in which you will be tasked with delivering core financial responsibilities including ensuring accurate accounting and budgeting, value for money and good financial governance in one of the highest profile government departments; you must be a professionally qualified accountant with significant experience in leading and transforming a finance function in an organisation of significant size and complexity. In this strategic leadership role, critical to delivering Defra group’s strategic objectives, you must be an influential and inspirational leader capable of managing stakeholders of all levels and backgrounds and have the vision, drive and expertise to help shape and lead an organisation that constantly challenges itself. You will oversee and help develop the capabilities of a finance function that leverages the expertise of the finance profession across the Defra group, its’ Arms Length Bodies and the Government Finance Function; and your exemplary communication skills will enable you to provide trusted financial advice to the Secretary of State, Ministers, Permanent Secretary and peer group.

For an informal conversation or to find out more about the opportunity, please see our candidate pack or contact Stephanie Robinson on 07921 336 641 or click apply below for details of how to apply.

Applications must be completed (full application consists of CV, supporting statement (against the key criteria found in the candidate pack) and diversity monitoring form) by 23.59 on Sunday, 17th June

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