Northern Ireland Civil Service

Deputy Principal Accountant

Belfast (County) (GB)
£38,017 - £41,779 (under review)
07 Oct 2020
23 Oct 2020
Approved employers
Approved employer
Public sector
Contract type
Full time

The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) are looking for Deputy Principal (DP) Accountants. Good financial management is a high priority for all government departments and financial expertise is one of the key skills. Working in a government department/agency you will be offered interesting and inspiring work that will test your technical, management and people skills.


  • An opportunity to earn £38,017 - £41,779 (under review), starting salary will always be at the minimum of the scale
  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after fve years’ service
  • 12 bank and public holidays each year
  • Opportunity for career progression
  • Excellent training and promotion prospects plus an attractive benefts package, including fexible working arrangements will enable you to enjoy a good work/life balance and a rewarding career with Northern Ireland’s largest employer.

Most of the posts will be based in the Greater Belfast area, including Bangor. However, posts may also be available in other locations throughout Northern Ireland.

Key Responsibilites

While the precise duties and responsibilities of individual posts will vary, indicative activities are listed below:

  • Assisting with the financial planning processes of government departments and agencies;
  • Provision of high quality financial information;
  • Preparation of Annual Reports and Accounts;
  • Development and implementation of financial systems;
  • Provision of advice, guidance and direction on the management of budgets, the in-year monitoring of expenditure, and the preparation of Estimates;
  • Developing management accounting and financial performance reporting for departments;
  • Establishing and maintaining close and effective working relationships;
  • Maintaining an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of current public expenditure planning, monitoring, control and accountability systems;
  • Leading, managing and motivating teams of staff who often need to work to tight deadlines, and on tasks where high quality information and guidance needs to be produced;
  • Review and assessment of business cases and investment appraisal;
  • Managing the resources of your own section; and
  • Audit/specialist review/internal control.

Please note:

As the remit of the NICS is very diverse, the above list is not meant to be exhaustive but aims to give a good indication of the main duties of the post. The emphasis on particular duties will vary over time according to business needs and as directed by Line Management.

Applicants must, by the closing date for applications:

1. Have successfully passed the final professional examinations and be a full, current member of one of the professional bodies detailed below:

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland;
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland;
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales;
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants;
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants;
  • The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy;
  • The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.

Applications will also be considered from applicants with relevant formal qualifications* considered by the selection panel to be of an equivalent or higher standard to those stated.


2. Have two years’ post-qualification experience** gained in the last five years, in a finance related environment, in one or more areas of:

  • financial planning and budgeting;
  • financial accounting/auditing (including forensic accounting);
  • management accounting and cost analysis;
  • investment finance;
  • treasury management; and/or
  • development/implementation of financial systems.


Applicants must demonstrate on their application form how the qualifications they have provided are equivalent, in level, to those qualifications requested above. They should give the details of the awarding body and the date awarded (the date awarded is the date on which you were admitted by the official awarding body). If you believe your qualification is equivalent to the one required, the onus is on you to provide the panel with details of modules studied etc. so that a well-informed decision can be made.


will be deemed to have commenced from the date on which applicants are admitted as fully qualified accountants to one of the professional bodies referred to at 1, having fully satisfied all the criteria of membership.

You will be required to provide documentary evidence of your qualifications/professional membership at interview so please ensure you have these readily available. Should you currently not be in possession of your qualification certificates, we would advise that you make immediate arrangements to obtain these.

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