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        Deputy Chief Finance Officer

        Job number JM-DCFO-LG

        Salary

        c.£120,000 – c.£130,000*

        Sector

        Local Government

        Function

        Finance

        Location

        New Scotland Yard / Kilburn (hybrid)

        Job Type

        Permanent

        With more than 47,000 officers and staff and a revenue budget of circa £4.4bn the Met is the UK’s largest police service.

        The Met polices 620 square miles and serves more than eight million people across one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities.

        London doesn’t stand still, and neither do we; the challenges and opportunities facing us are always changing. The capital is growing and set to be almost 10 million within a decade. Advances in technology are changing social behaviour. The demand we face is increasing and crime is rising. This, coupled with the current level of funding requires us to prioritise resources intelligently and maintain a keen focus on improving efficiency and productivity.

        The two year plan on how the Met will deliver more trust, less crime, and high standards. A New Met for London is the product of more than 10,000 interactions with Londoners, our people, and partners from across the city. It represents what they’ve told us they want us to focus on. We’ve already made considerable progress in the last nine months, but there’s much more to do.

        In a newly created role, the Deputy Chief Finance Officer will support the recently appointed Chief Finance Officer in ensuring that the MPS maximises the value from its budget and enables the delivery of effective and efficient policing services to London.

        As a key member of the extended executive leadership team, you will support the CFO in the development and implementation of an effective financial strategy in line with the organisation’s objectives and Commissioner’s  vision. In addition, you will be expected to deputise for the CFO when required at which times you will advise the Management Board and hold S151 accountability, ensuring that all material business decisions fully consider medium and long term financial implications, opportunities and risk and are aligned with the wider financial strategy.

        Working in tandem with the broader Finance Senior Leadership Team you will provide day-to-day management of the finance function and pro-actively work with leaders across the extended executive team to build financial capability and good financial management skills throughout the organisation.

         

        Additional responsibilities include:

        • Leading on the development, implementation and oversight of MPS Finance Strategy ensuring alignment with wider corporate business planning and objectives, and with a focus on driving value from and the strategic management of funding across all spheres of Business Group activity.
        • Enabling senior decision making by highlighting key financial issues and risks to be considered, and ensuring the financial support for delivery of the Business plan is in place together with all aspects of the Medium Term Financial Planning process including revenue budgets, the Capital Programme, Reserves Strategy, scenario analysis and risk management.
        • Helping to transform and modernise the finance function to deliver value for money, driving ‘customer focused’ continuous improvement across Finance teams.
        • Leading on the reporting of the corporate financial position of the MPS budget (almost £4bn revenue and £300m capital per annum), ensuring the availability of appropriate information for the Chief Finance Officer to advise Management Board.

         

        The successful candidate must be a qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA or equivalent) with significant post-qualification experience in financial management and planning, budgeting and forecasting, management reporting, statutory reporting and compliance and regulation in a large, complex organisation. You will have excellent leadership and management skills, capable of transforming the MPS finance function and building new capabilities and developing talent. You will have proven experience of managing a highly effective Finance function in a large public or private sector organisation, and a track record in developing and implementing Finance strategies and Finance operating plans with a strong emphasis on developing Finance policy including areas such as Capital Programmes. Crucially, you will be engaging and collaborative with a clear, strategic mind-set and outstanding communication skills with a high degree of political acumen to enable you to ‘hold your own’ in high-level interactions.

         

        Please note: This role will be subject to security vetting.

         

        The Met is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. Applications are encouraged from people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.  Applications from ethnic minority groups and females are particularly welcome.

        As a Disability Confident committed employer, the Met has committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

        For more information regarding the role, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Jack Murphy on 07921 335 787 or by emailing metpolice@allenlane.co.uk.

         

        The closing date is Sunday 9th June 2024 at 11:55pm.

         

        *depending on the strength of job related skills, knowledge and experience.

        If you are interested in other finance jobs within Local Government, please view our latest jobs.

        Recruiting for this role:

        Jack Murphy

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