Newport NP10
Part-time, Contract, Permanent
£22,645 a year

Never has there been a more exciting time to join the Office for National Statistics (ONS.) Its “Better Statistics, Better Decisions” strategy is driving a transformational change throughout the organisation and the Office has already taken huge strides forward to becoming a modern, technically focused, data driven organisation. As part of that, ONS will deliver the first digital Census in 2021 and be a leading producer of online surveys across government and beyond.

About the Job:

Here at ONS, we provide the data that shapes our nation. From public services to key government decision making, statistics are vital to every imaginable area of our lives. As such, it’s crucial that we make the most informed, credible and efficient financial decisions – and, as Finance Officer, it will be your job to help us do just that.

Reporting to the Senior Finance Officer, and sitting within the wider Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) business unit, you’ll be responsible for your own business area allocation and will deliver high quality financial MI, analysis and monthly accounting processes. Through doing this you will support, advise and coach your customers, allowing and enabling them to make informed business decisions.

Harnessing leading edge analytical and automation tools (Alteryx, Tableau and Oracle Fusion) you’ll collate, cleanse and analyse the data, applying context to inform and advise your customers in the business. You will be a part of an engaged and motivated team with a focus on active problem solving, peer review and continuous professional development.

This is an exciting opportunity to have a genuine impact on both financial and organisational performance here at ONS.

There will be the opportunity for the postholder to gain professional finance qualifications - AAT/ACCA.

There will be an occasional need to travel to other ONS sites as required.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with budget holder contacts, up to Deputy Director (SCS 1) level.

  • Providing budget holders with advice and training on budgeting, forecasting, government accounting rules and resource accounting principles (e.g. accruals and pre-payments).

  • Scrutinising budget holders’ decisions and assumptions, providing effective challenge when appropriate.

  • Delivering timely and accurate monthly Management Accounts and ensuring the correct accounting treatments of journals and other transactions for all business areas within role scope.

  • Ensuring accurate budgets and forecasts are uploaded to Oracle Fusion, meeting the monthly Finance Operations accounts timetable.

  • Producing clear and robust variance analysis and providing explanations for material movements to finance colleagues (including Finance Business Partners.)

  • Working flexibly across the team and shifting direction quickly to meet changing priorities and demands

About You:

You’re likely to have a proven track record in a finance environment and experience of the monthly management accounts processes. The experience of your customers is very important to you and at the centre of everything that you do; as a result, you embed a philosophy of continuous improvement into the work of yourself and those working with you.

You have first-class communication and interpersonal skills – driven and dynamic; you build productive relationships with internal and external colleagues alike.

You have an eye for detail, ensuring that the accuracy of the accounts is of the highest quality; you also have a talent for making sense of complex accounting concepts and solving technical accounting problems.

Due to the nature of the work, we’re looking for someone who can be flexible with their working patterns, particularly at month end.

Person Specification


  • Experience of working within a fast-paced finance function

  • Excellent communication skills and a confident speaker

  • Experience of using data to offer guidance and advice to customers for the needs to the business


  • Familiar with the management accounts process

  • Experience within a management accounts position

  • Working towards/hold a financial qualification (AAT, ACCA, ACA, CIMA, CIPFA) or qualified through experience

  • Knowledge and experience in collating and analysing management information reports

  • Comfortable using Oracle, Alteryx or Tableau or similar BI and analytics tools

  • Experience of delivering high quality financial management reporting

  • Familiar with financial systems such as Oracle, Sage, Coda


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


As well as a competitive salary, you'll enjoy:
  • Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years service in addition to public holidays
  • Good work-life balance – family-friendly working options including flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm
  • Career development and progression – a recognised silver-accredited Investor in People, we develop our people at every stage of their career, providing a personal progression plan, on- and off-site training courses and opportunities to gain qualifications and professional accreditations
  • Strong ethos of equality and diversity

2 months ago - source

No longer accepting applications.