Corporate Finance Advisor

Department For Transport
Crown Dependencies
13 Apr 2018
06 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you looking for an opportunity to provide financial and commercial advice in support of the Department for Transport's (DfT) key projects and policy priorities at a Ministerial level?

If so, then this unique and exciting role as our Corporate Finance Advisor is for you, and we'd love to hear from you.

This is a key role in a small, specialist team providing expert financial and commercial advice in support of the Department for Transport's key projects and policy priorities at Ministerial level.

This role would suit someone in particular with a background in corporate /project finance, asset sales, regulatory finance or infrastructure (advisory, commercial structuring, investment or lending), who is keen to work at the centre of Government decision making on transport policy and investment.

The Team

The Corporate Finance Advisory team in the Department for Transport (DfT) is a small, highly skilled and widely respected team of Corporate Finance professionals which advises on the most significant projects, programmes and policy initiatives across the Department and its arm's-length bodies such as Network Rail and Highways England.

The team is seen as the trusted voice within the Department on investment and financing (e.g. on private financing structures), and has taken a pivotal role in influencing the commercial content of transformational policy and delivering many of the Department's largest projects in recent years.

Individuals in the team have extensive Corporate Finance experience acquired from varied backgrounds in investment banking, corporate finance, project finance, lending, M&A, equity investment, economic regulation and consultancy.

Our role on recent engagements has included:

• Rail - leading commercial negotiations on the multi-billion pound project financing of new rolling stock; examining new and innovative delivery for future enhancements (e.g. on Digital Rail); advising on reforms to franchising structures; developing the business case for Cross rail 2; advising on options for introducing private finance into HS2 and 'classic rail infrastructure.

• Roads - examining financing options and structures for the Lower Thames Crossing and A303; developing governance arrangements for Highways England; supporting the Local Authority on the financing and procurement of Mersey Gateway Bridge.

• Aviation - advising on the financing and investment implications of CAA's price control reviews of regulated airports; advising on the financial deliverability and economic regulation of new airport capacity.

• Government-owned assets - leading the sale of the Government's shareholdings in Eurostar and King's Cross Partnership; delivering the operational PPP savings agenda; feasibility, structuring and delivery of government/ Network Rail asset sales.

The Role

The Corporate Finance Directorate is looking to appoint one or more Corporate Finance Advisers to provide high quality financial and commercial advice to facilitate policy development and transaction delivery on a range of the Department's most significant and high profile commercial transactions, including finance raising asset disposal and infrastructure investment in regulated sectors. This will involve supporting a portfolio of internal clients, preparing briefing for Ministers and senior officials, working with colleagues in HMT and across Whitehall, and influencing external stakeholders and advisers on project delivery.

This role brings significant exposure to senior officials and Government Ministers. A successful candidate will be expected to work effectively with internal stakeholders, external advisers and industry partners across the transport sector. Over the last year team members in this role have represented the Secretary of State in commercial negotiations on multi-billion pound projects, advised project sponsors on the development of business cases and the commercial strategy for major new infrastructure developments, presented to the Department's most senior decision making committees and provided oral briefing to Ministers and the Secretary of State.

About you

You will be a self starter who can hit the ground running and be confident in a high profile and demanding environment. You will be very personable, and someone who can build strong working relationships with our team and our stakeholders.

You will have strong communication skills both verbally and in writing with the ability to tailor your delivery to meet the needs of your audience. You will be an effective team player and look to add real value to our department and its culture.

About us

We can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT's inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we've made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Corporate Finance Framework
  • Making effective decisions
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Leading and communicating

Civil Service Competency Framework


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.


Up to GBP12,500 Recruitment & Retention Allowance may apply

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Selection process details
You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate; please ensure that the evidence in your application meets the requirements of the role.

Please complete the CV / supporting document that is on your application and submit by the closing date advertised, if not completed, your application will not be considered.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to demonstrate your experience relevant to the role and competencies advertised.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to the competencies listed above.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Applicants should also use the attached additional competency framework and refer to the competency definitions within.

When considering your experience, please tailor your Personal Statement to provide evidence of when you have:

• made effective decisions under pressure
• collaborated with stakeholders
• aligned project objectives with the wider corporate vision
• lead on a project

Please note that if you are invited for interview/assessment, you may be assessed against any of the criteria noted on the attached Job Description.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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