The IOPC is undertaking a major programme of transformation, enabled by new IT systems and in support of an ambitious five-year strategy. This in the context of rising demand and complexity of operational work and a challenging financial climate which means the IOPC must deliver more with fewer resources. The success of that programme will be fundamental to meeting stakeholder expectations, increasing public confidence in police accountability and the IOPC’s future.
The Director of Finance and Change Delivery is responsible for senior leadership of that programme and will chair the Change Delivery Board. The post holder will lead the Finance, Procurement, Estates and Business Development (strategy and business planning, innovation and improvement, programme management and project delivery) functions and be the lead for corporate business continuity.
The post holder has the following direct reports
- Head of Finance
- Head of Procurement and Contracts Management
- Head of Business Development
- Head of Estates and Facilities Management
- Risk and Audit Manager
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*This role was previously being advertised as Director of Programmes and Resources and will now be referred to as Director of Finance and Change Delivery
Leadership and Corporate
- Contribute to collective corporate decision making as a member of the Management Board and as a member of attendee of Unitary Board.
- Lead a skilled team of professionals to deliver high quality outcomes
- Act as a role model for the IOPC’s values and Leadership Charter
- Develop excellent relationships with Non-Executive Directors
- Review all activities within the group to identify potential savings and efficiencies
- Ensure the continued professionalisation of our corporate services including embedding Government Functional Standards
- Undertake “Gold on call” duties, for business continuity purposes approximately every 6-8 weeks
- Chair the Change Delivery Board, ensuring that projects and programmes are on track to deliver objectives and benefits, within the agreed timescale, taking remedial action where necessary.
- Provide assurance to Management and Unitary Board that all programmes contributing to the Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP) are on track to deliver agreed benefits.
- Ensure that project and programme monitoring is effective, maintaining an overview of the whole portfolio of change and managing interdependencies
- Ensure that SROs are supported and coached as necessary to achieve their delegated responsibilities.
- Ensure that change is planned, managed, and communicated to colleagues and stakeholders in accordance with best practice
- Ensure that the IOPC runs an integrated and effective annual planning and budgeting process
- Ensure that the organisation has a proportionate means of reporting progress against high level plans
- Ensure that all business cases for programmes of work are robust, focus on benefits realisation and are properly costed
- Develop and report on the financial strategy for the period 2023-27
- Ensure that there are appropriate and secure systems to evaluate and pay invoices, including acting as a counter signatory for high value invoices
- Work closely with the Head of Finance to maintain excellent relationships with the Home Office Finance Group and other Home Office ALBs to understand likely financial allocations in future years
- Co-ordinate the response to requests from the Home Office and other central government departments where necessary
- Working closely with the Head of Finance, ensure that the statutory accounts are accurately prepared liaising with the Auditors as necessary
- Provide appropriate assurances to the Director General in their role as Accounting Officer.
Audit and Risk
- Maintain an overview of the strategic risk register and ensure risks are updated and mitigations actioned
- Liaise with the Government Internal Audit Agency to ensure that the programme of internal audit provides assurance against the organisations agreed risks
- Ensure that agreed audit recommendations are actioned within appropriate timescales
- Advise the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee as needed
- Ensure that IOPC procurement processes meet government functional standards and are efficient and effective
- Develop the IOPC’s approach to Contracts Management to ensure that the organisation is conducting effective reviews of suppliers and achieving value for money
- Chair the Procurement Board
Estates and FM
- Ensure that the Estates strategy is operationalised, including the requirement to save money
- Manage the portfolio of leases, ensuring that the requirements of the Home Office, National Property Controls and Government Property Agency requirements are met
- Lead consultation with colleagues about changes to the estate
- Ensure that there are robust facilities management procedures in place and that all IOPC workplaces are safe and secure
- Lead the IOPC’s work on sustainability
- Ensure that the IOPC meets the requirements of the “places for growth” strategy mandating a partial move out of London
- Act as the lead commissioner for national procurement of travel and fleet
- Ensure that the IOPC has suitable business continuity plans (BCPs) in place
- Ensure that BCPs are regularly tested
- Ensure that there is a suitable awareness of BCP issues in key teams across the IOPC
- Director General and Management Board
- Unitary Board,
- Home Office Finance Group
- Head of internal audit and risk
- SROs responsible for major projects
- Colleagues across the organisation
Whilst remote working is permitted for this role and the postholder may be located in any of our regional office, there will be expectations for frequent travel to other offices. If you are not based in the region that will be travelled to, we may be able to consider travel expenses for this interim role.
The Ideal Candidate
- An ACA or CIPFA qualified accountant
- A Prince2 or MSP qualification
- Significant experience in successfully leading programmes of change in complex organisations, ensuring benefits are realised
- Ability to develop and operationalise a 5-year financial strategy taking account of likely scenarios
- Sound understanding of public finance structures, preferably including relations between central government and Non-Departmental Public Bodies
- A sound understanding of public sector procurement
- Demonstrable experience of supporting equality diversity and inclusion
Due to the nature of this role, and the statutory role of the IOPC, ideally applications are not sought from those who have recently worked for the police in a capacity or for a duration that might compromise their impartiality in the eyes of the public.
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to think and act strategically, developing practical, innovative, and creative solutions to the management of strategic and complex problems.
- Ability to work collaboratively
- Highly developed oral, written and presentation skills.
- Able to build effective relationships quickly and to influence and negotiate as needed
The IOPC is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. We are open to providing you with the tools you need to succeed, from extra time to formatting changes, to name a mere few. If you require any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal tag: IND
- 32.5 days paid annual leave
- Options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave
- Civil Service pension
- PAM employee assistance programme
- Access to Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership
- Staff networks focused on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity behaviours
The IOPC is not eligible to participate in the Civil Service transfer process, therefore successful candidates will not be able to transfer to the IOPC on their existing terms and conditions.
The IOPC does not participate in the UK Visa Sponsorship Scheme therefore, candidates will have to provide evidence of their Right to Work in the UK if offered a role with us.
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process.
Any move to the Independent Office for Police Conduct from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may, however, be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Although we are currently unable to guarantee a longer or more permanent contract, if the role can be extended or made permanent, the successful post holder may be offered the role firstly without further interview.
About the Company
As a completely independent organisation, the IOPC seeks to uphold the rights of the public and investigate the most serious matters, including deaths following police contact, to promote learning and influence change in policing. The IOPC is an organisation steeped in history, influenced by significant figures such as Stephen Lawrence and Sir William Macpherson. We are looking for people to uphold our core values, and in return we will give you a supportive and inclusive work environment to flourish in.
The IOPC is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity in everything we do. Our vision is to be, and to be seen as, a leader in inclusive employment and services, demonstrating this ethos in everything that we do.
- As a silver standard Stonewall employer, we continue to commit to being a LGBTQ+ employer through the work of our Pride LGBTQ+ Staff Network, creating welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bi and queer people.
- We are pleased to share that we are a signatory of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter. The Charter is composed of five calls to action for leaders and organisations across all sectors.
- Being a Disability Confident employer, the IOPC is dedicated to removing the barriers for disabled people to thrive in the workplace.
- Our Staff Networks are constantly working to make the IOPC the leaders of inclusive employment, from our Allyship Programme to Welsh Language Standards and our Know the Line Policy, we are constantly seeking new ways to create an environment for all to develop and thrive.