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Head of Finance

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

What we offer

  • 27.5 days paid annual leave (increasing with service to 32.5 days) 
  • Options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave
  • Civil Service pension
  • Civil Service maternity leave package
  • PAM employee assistance programme
  • Access to Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Opportunity to enjoy the latest home and electronics in a more affordable way provided by Vivup
  • Car Leasing Scheme
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity behaviours
  • Staff networks focused on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff:

- Enable Network

- Welsh Network

- Pride and LGBTQI+ Network

- Sex and Family Network

- Race, Religion and Belief Network

- All Ages Network
Additional Information:
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
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.
Rydym yn croesawu ymgeiswyr i ymgeisio am rolau trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg fel eu dewis iaith.


The IOPC is undertaking a major efficiency and productivity programme, 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. Success of the programme relies on delivery of a new medium term financial strategy and delivery of financial benefits as well as delivery of ambitious new ICT and Data strategies.  


As a Head of Finance, you will be welcomed into a dynamic and inclusive Finance Directorate working to ensure IOPC’s assets, funding, and cash flows are maximised, consistent with overall business objectives. The IOPC is on a journey to develop its culture, perspectives and ethos to support the organisation’s core outcomes and this is your opportunity to enter into the varied world of IOPC Finance, allowing you to develop your mindset and approaches to contribute to improving the police complaints system in England and Wales. 


Throughout the recruitment process we will assess you on Civil Service Behaviours, Experience, Strengths, Technical skills and IOPC Values. As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a statement of suitability based on the essential criteria and provide a CV.


Main Responsibilities:


  • Lead Finance function at senior level working closely with the team and functions across the IOPC. 
  • Prepare and implement plans for the provision and development of financial services to ensure IOPC’s assets, funding, and cash flows are maximised, consistent with overall business objectives.  
  • Work with colleagues to articulate and provide advice on the financial considerations with regards to change initiatives to deliver shared objectives and to support the IOPC to provide value for money services.  
  • Develop and maintain external relationships, working with senior stakeholders to ensure financial transparency of IOPC operations and to demonstrate adherence to best practice.    
  • Accountability for overseeing the delivery of financial reports in line with agreed requirements, ensuring the finance function consistently adds value to IOPC. 
  • Establish, develop, and monitor internal policies relating to financial systems and budgets, internalising controls on expenditure as set out by Cabinet Office and HMT
  • Assume responsibility for overseeing IOPC financial systems, engaging budget managers and other relevant stakeholders to drive understanding of financial considerations and management, and to contribute to high quality decision making across the IOPC.   
  • Provide leadership, management, and direction for a team of staff within the finance function to develop expertise and ensure compliance and effective delivery of services.   
  • Lead and oversee the development of annual financial accounting activity, working with budget holders and senior leaders to produce statutory accounts and contribute to the annual business planning process.    
  • Act as the lead technical expert and point of escalation for complex financial matters, providing high level technical advice and professional judgement to minimise financial risk for IOPC.  
  • Work with auditors to arrange and coordinate internal and external audits, meeting with the National Audit Office to provide IOPC annual accounts.    
  • Assume accountability for overseeing the delivery of financial reports in line with agreed requirements, ensuring the finance function consistently adds value to IOPC.   
  • Co-ordinate the response to requests from the Home Office and other central government departments where necessary   
  • Working closely with the Director of Finance and Corporate Services, to 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. 






  • An ACA or CIPFA qualified accountant or any equivalent accounting qualification



  • A Prince2 or MSP qualification  

Essential Experience


  • Experience of leading finance function at senior level, ideally in a public sector organisation  
  • Sound understanding of public finance structures, preferably including relations between central government and Non-Departmental Public Bodies  
  • Demonstrable experience of supporting equality diversity and inclusion 


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 and at pace. 
  • Highly developed oral, written and presentation skills. 
  • Able to build effective relationships quickly and to influence and negotiate as needed 


The role requires clearance to Basic Clearance


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Reasonable Adjustments


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. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, please see potential reasonable adjustments below that we can provide:

  • Extra time for presentations or interview questions
  • Formatting changes such as colours for text or background on written assignments
  • Questions presented in writing during interviews

If you require any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process, please email


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.


Be yourself


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.



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