Financial Strategy Advisor
London - 38,755 - 42,852 per annum + benefits*

Type: Permanent
Start: ASAP
Duration: Permanent
Posted: 13 September 2017

With its newly expanded role across the entire education system - including skills, further and higher education alongside schools and early years’ education - the Department is central to the Government’s social mobility and economic agendas and has a total Departmental budget of approaching £100bn a year.

The DfE Financial Strategy Unit aims to secure the right funding to deliver the Department’s priorities to ensure that the Department keeps within that budget and to get the best possible value for money for each pound that the Department spends. The team demands a mix of skills, in particular the ability to build and maintain excellent relationships; to exercise judgement and discretion based on limited information; and attention to detail in financial management. 

The post holder will:

  • Manage and co-ordinate fiscal events (Autumn Budget and Spring Statement), leading policy teams through the process of securing funding for the Government’s strategic priorities for education; and leading negotiations with Treasury.
  • Monitor in-year spending forecasts, providing advice to Ministers on measures to control, reduce or re-prioritise spending if necessary.
  • Work to ensure that the Department’s forecasts for the Spending Review period are accurate and the main drivers of the Department’s spending are understood. This involves working closely with policy colleagues and finance business partners.

We are currently recruiting 10 vacancies at the Department for Education so please do get in touch if you are interested by emailing

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*Salary banding - £38,755 -42,852 + civil service pension (22%) and wider benefits

Excellent progression opportunities and salary increases after 6-12 months.

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