Head of Financial Accounting and Reporting

£53,360 - £59,625
06 Oct 2022
17 Nov 2022
Contract type
Full time

Head of Financial Accounting and Reporting

£53,360 - £59,625


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We are dedicated to protecting people and places and helping everyone lead safer and healthier lives.

Our role goes beyond worker protection to include public assurance. We work to ensure people feel safe where they live, where they work and, in their environment.

HSE leads the way but doesn’t act alone. Working in partnership is one of our strengths. It’s at the heart of how we protect workers and the public. We are firm and fair when using our legal powers. Inspection helps us check that serious risks are managed sensibly. When things go wrong, investigation helps us get to the truth and learn lessons. We hold employers to account for their failures and get answers for victims and make workplaces safer. The benefits that our work brings to business, workers and the UK economy are clear. Improved health and safety risk management protects workers and translates into reduced sickness absence, lower healthcare and welfare costs, and better productivity.

Further information about HSE's current strategy can be found here: Protecting people and places: HSE strategy 2022 to 2032 and on our website: www.hse.gov.uk.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a finance team in a fast paced and varied environment, your team is at the heart of enabling much of what HSE does.

The role

You will lead a small Finance team who are working on a portfolio of interesting initiatives. With an overarching focus on strengthening our core financial controls and providing evidence-based accounting advice for multidisciplinary teams, you will assess the effectiveness of our current processes and identify where improvements could be made. As such, you’ll be responsible for delivery of core financial controls, providing technical accounting advice and producing the statutory financial accounts and other external reports. You will also manage all elements of external audits. Partnering with key clients and organisations including HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions, this is a highly visible role with access to career-defining opportunities.

Your background

Qualified (or part-qualified) with CCAB, CIMA, ACA or ACCA, you will come from a financial reporting background, so you will have a good knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards and the Government Financial Reporting Manual (FReM) of Managing Public Money. Despite the team being spread across a number of locations, you will be capable of ensuring deadlines are being met, and that the highest standards are being maintained. As an inspirational leader with a commitment to mentoring Trainee Accountants, you will have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to translate complex accounting messages for a variety of audiences. As a highly motivated individual who is constantly striving to enhance the capabilities of the team, you will be happy to attend our HQ in Bootle for meetings (approximately twice a month) so that we can share expertise. Confident in the use of Excel, you will be comfortable using a wide range of IT packages.


This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your career in an inclusive and diverse workplace. We will provide you with ongoing learning opportunities, and you will find plenty of support and guidance from senior colleagues. We will also provide you with lifestyle-friendly hours that are enhanced by hybrid working options, plus you will have access to a 27.9% contributory pension scheme and 25 days of leave.

Closing date: 17 October 2022.

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