Role title: Head of Finance / Finance Lead Change Maker

Salary – £49, 273 to 53, 466 per annum (pro rata) depending on experience. Permanent contract (0.6FTE 3 days a week)


The closing date for this advertisement is: Midday 1st Feb 2022. 

Dates for interview: Thursday 17th February 2022


This is us

Changing culture in the public sector, improving the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well- being of Wales and protecting the interests of Future Generations, all fall within the remit of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The Future Generations Commissioner and her Team provide advice to the Government and other public bodies in Wales on delivering the Act for current and future generations and assessing and reporting on how they are delivering. We are a very busy office, and we receive hundreds of requests per year.

We value difference. We welcome applicants from across Wales (or beyond) and we operate an Anytime Anywhere Flexible Working policy.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme: We recognise our team could be more diverse so operate a guaranteed interview scheme for people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic backgrounds and disabled people who apply and meet the essential job criteria. Tell us about your lived experience when making your application and whether you would like to use the Scheme.


Is this you?

We are searching for an individual who can provide inspirational and innovative leadership to the finance function of our organisation and are looking for someone with the right values, strategic vision, intellectual credibility and pragmatism, as well as demonstrating financial and people excellence and a commitment to continuous change and service improvement.

This role will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer, the Senior Management Team and be a key lead for Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee (ARAC).

You will also be well connected and understand how to successfully lead by example and influence stakeholders to bring about change in the public sector. You will be adept at influencing the organisation internally to help us walk the talk of the Act and using your skills and knowledge of the finance landscape to support public bodies to transform their practices in a way that endorses the Commissioner’s approach of being practical, straight talking and constructively challenging

You will be joining a team that values inclusive decision-making and shared leadership. You will be honest and straightforward and able to generate trust and confidence with the people and partners you work with and work for.

You will be someone with good knowledge of the Well-being of Future Generations Act and an understanding of what it is seeking to achieve.


To succeed in this role, you need to: 


  • Be an inspirational role model for compassionate and collaborative leadership,
  • Have a well-developed understanding of how the Well-being of Future Generations Act informs future thinking around financial management, budgeting & corporate risk
  • Hold a relevant professional finance qualification and membership (ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA)
  • Have significant experience of working in a Finance role at a senior level
  • Have previous experience of working in partnership within or across organisations and sectors, building strong and purposeful working relationships (in an employed or voluntary capacity)


As a Team we approach our work fearlessly, learn quickly, and improve constantly. We like to think differently, to question and to try new ways of doing things. We are looking for people who can work with agility, who like to continually improve their performance and knowledge, adapting their role and purpose in response to the needs of the team.


We have a long-term vision for Wales and are responsive to the political environment, adjusting our work where necessary to achieve the best outcomes. You will be comfortable with a dash of disruption and shifting sands but if you do your best work in a highly structured and steady paced way, this is not the right environment for you.



Your core responsibilities:

  • On behalf of the Commissioner in her role as Accounting Officer, you will ensure we are fully compliant with statutory requirements and that there is strong and effective financial control embedded throughout the organisation while walking the talk of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
  • Monitor and regularly review financial information submitted to the Commissioner and to Welsh Government ensuring transparent financial accounting monitoring and review mechanisms are implemented.
  • Lead on the delivery of corporate financial management ensuring the efficient, effective stewardship of the circa £1.6 million budget in accordance with value for money principles.
  • Walk the talk and keep the Sustainable Development principle and the five ways of working at the heart of everything we do.
  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach fit for the Welsh public sector to identifying and pursuing as appropriate, all additional sources of funding or other resources, and to work closely with external partners to maximise the impact of the way in which budgets are structured, allocated and spent.

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