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HEO Management Accounting

£30,317 - £36,606
Closing date
Nov 30, 2022
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Job summary

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the UK 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, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.


Defra Group Finance have several roles available in Business Intelligence Management Accounting Service (BIMAS) team.  Our role in BIMAS is to ensure that finance is at the heart of all decision-making.  We do this by providing harmonised tools and processes.  These tools support the month end and year end process, enable us to manage risk, and underpinning the decision-making process.


Job description


Defra is an exciting place to work. The Department is responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, and the food and farming sectors.


HEO Management Reporting


The role of our Management Reporting team is to provide high quality, accurate and robust financial management and insight. We can clearly explain the financial position and risk.  This helps the board, corporate leaders, and budget managers to make well-informed business decisions.


The HEO will generally support one area of the business to provide accurate information and variance explanations. They will have a good understanding of their business area and work closely with budget holders, Finance Business Partners, and others in the management reporting team.


Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to: -


Supporting budget holders during the annual budgeting and monthly forecasting cycle as well as any in-year changes to the approved position.

Ensuring the integrity of transactions in financial systems. They will do this by making sure that there are good controls and checks in place to maintain accuracy.

Supporting the business areas with their month end activities, including the approval of material journal adjustments and accruals. This will include checking all journal evidence is compliant with departmental policies.  

Use the management reports to identify key variances between actuals, approved position, and forecast. Then obtain insight from business areas to explain material variances and movements.

Be responsible for the compilation of insightful commentary to the monthly accounts for your business areas, including risks and opportunities. Ensure financial information is understood by non-financial managers by telling the story in a simple “jargon free” way.

Flexibly support other finance teams with key financial activities. This will include activities such as year-end and audit requests to achieve group success.

HEO Specialist Finance Officer


The Specialist Finance Officer role requires the post-holder to develop an understanding of their business area.  They will apply this knowledge and their expertise in financial processes to ensure operations can respond to different demands. This role supports the delivery of key financial process that guarantee the department can continue operational delivery.


Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to: -


Promoting a culture of excellent customer service whilst effectively managing appropriate internal controls, guidance, and procedures.

Responsibility for the accuracy and integrity of data in the finance system.

Assessing the impact of all relevant change proposals that relate to their area and providing advice on the change to the business.

Forming collaborative relationships with partners to identify opportunities for improvements.

Overseeing relevant audit requests and providing prompt responses to Prime Minister Questions and Freedom of Information Requests.

Supporting the ongoing provision of transaction processing services.


Closing date: 11:55pm, Wednesday 30th November 2022

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