Lead Finance Analyst- Commercial

HM Revenue & Customs
15 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Here at HMRC it is a fantastic time to join our Finance team within the Chief Digital Information Office (CDIO) and contribute towards the exciting work we have going on.

You will have a strong financial and commercial background with a passion for a hands-on role, working with raw data and work with Senior Leaders to give recommendations.

The particular team that you will sit within is called Securing Our Technical Future (SOTF) who set out to deliver an agenda of improving the current underlying infrastructure upon which all HMRC operations rely, rendering it much more resilient, available and flexible to meet HMRC's ever-changing business requirements. The IT infrastructure supports HMRC's collection of revenue, GBP605.8 billion (2017/18)!

This is a unique opportunity to provide hands-on financial input into two key initiatives for HMRC's IT Transformation and Sourcing Strategies. Supporting the IT transformation will give you the kudos of being a key team member on one of the UK governments' largest IT projects. You will be able to share your own expertise and develop your own understanding of IT modernisation projects by working with leading IT professionals from HMRC and HMRC's commercial partners: Fujitsu, Cap Gemini, Accenture, Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure.

The core responsibilities of the role will be:

  • You will build robust as-is cost summaries with detailed drill-down for key vendors identified in the IT sourcing strategy. The as-is cost analysis will be designed to inform how to execute the levers and strategies identified for each work package.
  • Maintain and develop the interactive excel cost model for IT infrastructure for services run in legacy data centres, public cloud and Crown Hosting. For each Data Centre type there will be numerous cost elements e.g. for Crown hosting: rent, power, DC management, network build, racks & cabling, server build, operations management, telecoms etc.
  • Comparison of costs in the business area model to as-is cost will support the benefits target for the business case
  • "What-if" analysis on key drivers in the cost model and supplier proposals to fulfil the cost elements
  • Highlight key risks, issues and dependencies
  • Develop benefits case for IT sourcing packages
  • Support value for money & benchmark testing of supplier proposals
  • Support modelling of project or build costs for investment in public cloud and Crown hosting data centres
  • Interact with Programme Directors/Managers, HMRC commercial and partner managers, commercial and finance staff. Key partners include Fujitsu, Cap Gemini, Accenture, AWS, Microsoft, Oracle and IBM
  • Liaise with corporate finance on accounting treatment & tax aspects

    Essential Requirements

  • CCAB, ACA, CIMA or ACCA qualified, with post qualification experience within a professional environment or considerable professional finance experience.
  • Experienced in modelling the cost and benefits to support IT infrastructure investment appraisal
  • Ability to deliver complex, high-profile outputs with contributions from multiple stakeholders within demanding timescales
  • Ability to make practical, applicable recommendations to stakeholders for consideration

    Desirable Requirements

  • Recent experience in a major IT transformation project
  • Subject matter expert in financial considerations for management of both co-located data centres and management of cloud service providers. Able to pinpoint potential gaps in the costs associated with IT services

    In addition, it is important that you have:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain strong working relationship with business partners, including senior leaders in HMRC aswell as IT partners
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Advanced Excel Skills
  • Ability to work in a culture of change, to think strategically, and work with risk.
    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

    Person specification

    Experience - we want to get an understanding of your knowledge of an activity or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. We are not looking at how much time you have served in a particular field, but rather how you performed. You will be asked to provide evidence of your relevant experience.



    Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


    If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department's Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

    Things you need to know


    Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

    Nationality statement

    Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

    If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Strengths and Experience.

    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 explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

    Sift & Interview will be on Experience, CV & Personal Statement.

    If there is a high level of interest, telephone interviews may be considered initially

    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 .

    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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