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Finance Functional Leadership Programme Director

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Contract Type
Public Sector
Bristol, South West : London
£80,000 per annum
Expiry Date
Accountable to the Director of Finance Strategy the Programme Director will lead a team to coordinate the Financial Management Improvement Plan and deliver Finance Functional Leadership in the Ministry of Defence.

Job Description


The implementation of Finance Functional Leadership includes a significant level of change to the operating model that is currently in place for finance; modernisation of the Ministry of Defence systems and processes and initial investment in resources to unlock savings in the medium term. 


Key responsibilities include: 

  • Leadership of the programme management organisation. 
  • Delivery of the programme within the agreed time, cost and performance parameters. 
  • Effectively managing the wide range of stakeholders within Defence and those external to Defence including the pan government finance community. 
  • Through the business change teams within the eight business units ensure the necessary change interventions are delivered to create the new finance operating model. 
  • Ensure strategic alignment of the programme with other MOD and pan government programmes and initiatives. 
  • Proportionate and focused reporting to meet both internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Managing strategic issues and escalating as required. 
  •  Effective communication of the programme outcomes and progress to the wider Defence community. 
  • Ensuring the effective operation of risk and issue management. 
  • Providing assurance to the SRO on the delivery of the programme. 
  • Mechanisms are put in place to report benefits against the agreed metrics.
  • Line management of: 
  • The Finance Functional Leadership Programme Management Office team. 
  • The Finance Functional Leadership Finance Operating Model and Centre of Excellence team. 
  • The Finance Functional Leadership Shared Services team. 
  • The Finance Functional Leadership Finance Business Partnering team. 
  •  Dotted line responsibility for the business change teams in the eight business units. 

The successful candidate will be expected to see the programme delivery through to completion which is planned to be over the next three to five years. 

The successful candidate should possess demonstrable experience of delivering complex programmes in a dynamic, multi-unit environment. They will possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and influence across a wide range of stakeholders. The successful candidate should also demonstrate the ability to deliver both directly and through their team and must be sufficiently experienced in finance to achieve credibility amongst their stakeholders, including at the most senior level. 

Essential experience and achievements should include: 

• A proven track record of programme and project management experience involving business transformation in a complex environment, preferably in both the private and public sector. 
• Experience of operating at Board level with a track record of chairing senior meetings. 
• Successful contract management experience ideally with IT/IS contracts. 
• Proven leadership and change management capability across a matrix management organisation. 
• Experience of financial management in a complex, dynamic environment. 
• Educated to Degree level, preferably with a post graduate qualification in a related discipline. 

Essential skills, knowledge and personal attributes: 

• Excellent leadership skills, displaying passion and commitment with the ability to deliver change through people. 
• Ability to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders including influencing and negotiating up to Board level. 
• Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate messages clearly across all levels of the organisation. 
Desirable criteria: 

• Professional qualification, preferably Managing Successful Programmes and or a member of the association of project managers. 
• Knowledge of government finance.