Scheme Accountant

Basingstoke, Hampshire
£48,480 to £60,484 with an allowance of £3000.
04 Oct 2017
03 Nov 2017
Job Role
Accountant, Audit
Qualification Level
Fully qualified
Contract Type
Full time, Permanent

Scheme Accountant

Basingstoke, South East

£48,480 to £60,484 with an allowance of £3000.


About the job

The Civil Service and Royal Mail Pensions Directorate (the Pensions function) requires a qualified financial accountant to lead on the budgetary and financial accounting for the two pension schemes. 

In particular this will involve producing both the Civil Service and Royal Mail scheme accounts plus their respective estimates. 

About the role 

The role will involve producing accurate and timely financial accounting information to meet statutory, legal and government accounting requirements. 

You will work closely with National Audit Office (NAO) the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) and the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) and may be required to attend and present at the Cabinet Office Audit and Risk Committee in relation to the Accounts and Estimates. 

You will require good stewardship of public funds and the ability to make effective and efficient decisions for budgeting purposes. 

Key Responsibilities 

The key responsibilities of the role include: 

• Being the first point of contact on technical accounting or budgeting issues. 
• Leading on the production of the Civil Service Pension Schemes (CSPS) account within the timelines set by HM Treasury. 
• Leading on the production of the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme (RMSPS) account within the timelines set by HM Treasury. 
• Production of the Main and Supplementary Estimates for the CSPS and RMSPS. 
• Producing returns to the Office of Budgetary Responsibility. 
• Preparation and management of a robust year end timetable for both schemes. 
• Being the main point of contact on audit queries. 
• Leading the relationship with the NAO and GAD. 

The following skills and experience are essential for this role: 

• Technical financial skills and understanding of how to apply these skills to the Schemes. 
• Excellent organisational and project management skills – most notably in terms of ensuring that the individual work streams deliver results in a timely and professional fashion. 
• Strong stakeholder management and working collaboratively across the wider finance team and pensions department. 
• Ability to engage and communicate with senior management and build strong working relationships with NAO, GIAA and other external stakeholders. 
• Strong communication skills, both written and oral, to ensure key messages are able to be given to both finance and non-finance staff, and to be able to write concisely and persuasively to provide options and information for decision making at all levels. 
• Government finance practices and processes – in particular the Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates and production/publication process of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts. 

The following criteria are essential for the role: 

• Being a qualified (CCAB or equivalent) accountant 
• Practical financial management experience at a senior level 
• Significant experience of producing of Annual Accounts 
• Significant experience or knowledge of preparing Estimates 
• Managing senior stakeholders 
• Experience of dealing with auditors 


It is essential for this role that you are a qualified (CCAB or equivalent) accountant

Benefits/ Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know Security

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

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 essential criteria listed in the job description. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


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