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Senior Management Accountant

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Bristol, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Swansea
£40,808 - This role attracts an allowance of up to £3,000 depending on level of qualification
Closing date
Jun 9, 2024

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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.

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 Nottingham, Bristol, 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.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

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.

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact: Catherine Goudge,

Recruitment team:

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