Principal (Finance)

  • Reference: CII29
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Salary: £45,472 p.a.
  • Network: Corporate Impact and Improvement
  • Location: Manchester
  • Eligibility: Open to all candidates (those at risk or surplus within the Equality and Human Rights Commission or Civil Service will be given priority at the shortlisting stage)
  • Closing date: 20 January 2017

Overview of the role

Our role at the Equality and Human Rights Commission is to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect and promote human rights. Our issues have rarely been more topical; whether it's tackling pregnancy discrimination, the rise of hate crime following the Brexit vote or reducing the gender pay gap, our remit enables us to make a real difference in British society. This is an chance to work as a professional in the heart of an dynamic and relevant organisation.

We are now looking for someone to take a lead role as a Principal in our Finance team; who shares our values of fairness, dignity and respect and can work with us to ensure our ambitious vision becomes a reality.

Within the Corporate Improvement and Impact network, the Principal in the Finance team will:

  • provide robust financial information for the Commission and ensure compliance with accounting standards, legislation, government and Commission procedures and reporting timescales
  • ensure the provision of high quality advice, information, analysis and interpretation to budget holders to underpin effective decision making, meaningful performance management
  • act as guardian of the Commission's finance system, ensuring systems integrity at all times
  • ensure that public money is managed effectively and that there is sound financial management and probity.

The main responsibilities of this role will include:

  • the production of financial plans, monthly management accounts, budgets and forecasts for presentation to the Executive Leadership Team, Board and external stakeholders
  • acting as guardian of the Commission's finance system, ensuring systems integrity at all times
  • reporting to the sponsor department in accordance with their timetable, and responding to queries in a timely manner
  • engagement and liaison with the National Audit Office and internal auditors to ensure successful delivery of the Annual Report and Accounts and internal audit plan
  • undertaking complex negotiations within the Commission (including budget and staffing levels, affordability, external funding allocations) and with external contacts and providers (including contract management and system upgrades as appropriate)
  • work with the Project Management Office to produce accurate budgets and forecasts and to gather information in line with timelines for both teams
  • development and maintenance of accounting systems and processes to ensure compliance with accounting standards, legislation, government and Commission procedures, including Managing Public Money, the Framework Document and Cabinet Office controls
  • managing and directing the work of the Finance Team and promoting compliance with Commission policies and procedures amongst non-finance staff.

The postholder is responsible for the management of the Finance Team (four people) and will be required to travel to the London office on a regular basis.

Recruitment and selection timetable

  • Closing date: 23:59 on 20 January 2017
  • Shortlisting date: January to February 2017
  • Interview date: to be confirmed
  • Location: Manchester

How to apply

Complete the application form and return to before midnight on the closing date. No applications will be accepted after the closing time. The application form asks you to provide evidence of how you meet the core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement to the appropriate level, as outlined in the generic grade profile above. You are also asked to provide a statement on how you meet the professional skills for the role, also above.

Should you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment please indicate this on your application form. If you have a disability which requires an adjustment or a requirement for additional support please contact us at

Selection process

Following the shortlisting, a variety of assessment methods may be used including psychometric assessment, competency based interview, technical interview and practical exercises such as presentation, in-tray exercise etc.

Full details will be available to successfully shortlisted candidates.

Further information

Civil Service and internal applicants

Please note that candidates on level transfer will be offered their current salary, or the starting point of the salary band, whichever the higher. Candidates on promotion will be offered the starting salary for the role. A Civil Service candidate’s salary will be rounded up to the nearest pay point on the relevant pay scale.

External applicants

Appointments are generally made at the starting point of the pay grade however a higher salary may be available for an exceptional candidate.

All applicants

If you are offered a position you will be asked to apply for and provide a Basic Disclosure Scotland certificate.

Last updated: 11 Jan 2017