Director of Finance & Resources
A Board Level, Financial Leadership opportunity for Merseyside Police.
Leading financial strategy for one of the UK's largest Police Forces.
About Our Client
Merseyside Police is the regional police force responsible for policing Merseyside in North West England. The force area is 647 square kilometres with a population of around 1.5 million. With an annual budget of £313m, and CAPEX budget of £55m, Merseyside Police is the 6th largest Police Force in the UK.
The Merseyside Police headquarters are based in central Liverpool, covering the 5 metropolitan councils across the region. The force also controls a number of specialist operational policing units and is the lead force for the regional serious and organised crime unit TITAN
Merseyside Police employs over 7,000 people, with more than 3,600 officers and 2,400 support and operational staff. The Director of Finance & Resources has leadership responsibility for the following Departments, each with a Head of Dept;
Finance, IT, Fleet, Procurement, Facilities/Estates.
1. JOB PURPOSE:
To provide strategic direction and leadership for the functions within the Resources Directorate specifically Finance, IT, Estates, Fleet and the Joint Internal Audit service. The role is the Chief Finance Officer for the Chief Constable as defined by the Home Office finance Code of Practice and as a result requires suitable candidates to hold a CCAB qualification.
To actively participate in the strategic direction of the Force and provide advice and guidance to the Chief Officer team ensuring that appropriate strategies and plans are put in place and that relevant statutory requirements are met and local corporate governance arrangements are appropriate.
To work with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on the strategy and management of the budget and the estate strategy.
2. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
This is not a comprehensive list of all the tasks which may be required of the post-holder. It is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the work to be undertaken.
1. To undertake the role of Chief Finance Officer for the Chief Constable as defined by the Home Office Financial Management Code of Practice for the Police Forces of England and Wales (October 2013). This role incorporates statutory requirements as set out in the Code of Practice.
2. To work with the Chief Finance Officer of the Police and Crime Commissioner in developing and implementing financial strategies that will ensure that all statutory requirements are met and that the force maintains financial stability.
3. To develop financial planning processes in conjunction with the Chief Constable and Treasurer which will sustain corporate plans, budgets and the force and PCC objectives.
4. To develop and maintain adequate financial monitoring mechanisms, in conjunction with Chief Officers and budget holders, which meet financial reporting best practise.
5. To provide strategic overview and management of the IT function and in conjunction with the Head of IS develop and implement an IT strategy that supports the strategy and operational effectiveness of Merseyside Police.
7. To develop and advise on the formulation of an effective estate strategy, working in conjunction with the Office of the PCC. The strategy to be designed to ensure that Merseyside Police have a suitable and cost effective estate that supports operational policing needs.
8. To take line management responsibility for a range of organisational functions including finance, information technology, facilities management, fleet services and the joint internal audit service with the potential for other areas to be incorporated as part of any future business change.
9. To provide strategic governance and advice over major projects within the area of responsibility as well as within other areas of the force. This will include being the project sponsor for significant building or IT projects.
10. Represent Merseyside Police regionally and nationally within the wider police service and other agencies, influencing the direction of policing through this involvement.
11. To ensure effective governance in line with the PCC and force contract standing orders and financial regulations is maintained and reviewed within the area of operation.
12. To provide and promote leadership across the force that generates engagement and improved performance.
13. To perform other duties as required in support of the Chief Officer team and at a level commensurate with the principal responsibilities of the job.
The Successful Applicant
In order to perform the statutory requirements of this role the post holder must be a qualified accountant member of a CCAB professional body (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA).
Evidence of continuing professional and personal development and awareness of latest developments, thinking and best practice in business management.
Skills and Experience
Significant leadership and general management experience at senior level in a large organisation, including the management of large multi-functional teams.
Experience of successful leadership of significant business transformation projects in a complex environment.
Able to demonstrate a track record of successfully operating at executive level, effective decision making and influencing senior stakeholders both internally and externally.
Strong organisational insight combined with commercial, financial and business awareness.
Ability to effectively communicate vision and strategy to all levels of the organisation.
Experience of delivery of challenging and innovative solutions and building a customer focused ethos.
What's on Offer
Merseyside Police is a fantastic place to work and develop a long term career. This is a diverse and autonomous role, with a high level of strategic and people responsibility. The organisation and opportunity will interest a highly qualified finance leader, who relishes a challenge in one of the most dynamic sectors.
Basic Salary of £88,684 - £100,124
Full Expensed Car
Police Defined Salary based Pension
43 Days Holiday (inc Bank Holidays)
The success candidate will be subject to high level financial criminal records checks, and will be required to sign the official secrets act. They will be privy to sensitive information, and be expected to operate in position of high level authority.