Associate Director Finance and Commercial

£63630 - £71500

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Job Description


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£63,630 - £71,500

Job grade

Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

OFQUAL - Regulatory and Corporate Services

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

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Coventry, West Midlands (England), CV1 3BH

About the job

Job summary

Ofqual is the independent qualifications regulator for England. We currently regulate 200+ awarding organisations, and approx. 11,600 certified qualifications. These include GCSEs, AS and A levels, and a broad range of vocational and technical qualifications. Regulating on behalf of students of all ages and apprentices is central to how we fulfil our statutory objectives.

For more information about the work we do please visit:

We are committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organisation. We are proud of the action we are taking to support EDI and Wellbeing and welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds to support our ethos of creating a diverse culture that is reflective of both our employees and the learners we support.

As part of our positive action commitment, if you are from an ethnic minority background and would like to discuss the role in more detail ahead of submitting your application please email \ and we will arrange for a call to take place with one of our senior team.

Ofqual is a rewarding, dynamic place to work. We offer employees the opportunity to develop within their role and progress through the organisation via a number of Learning and Development opportunities and activities.

The Associate Director, Finance and Commercial is responsible for the delivery of Ofqual’s Finance, Business and Commercial output and activities and is a key member of the Regulatory and Corporate Services (RCS) Leadership Team. The role includes attendance at the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC), the Finance and HR Committee (F&HR) and Board.

Job description

You will be providing expert advice to the Chair of Ofqual’s ARAC and F&HR Committees, Executive Director Finance and Operations, the Chief Regulator, and Executive Directors on finance, business and commercial activities to support the delivery of Ofqual’s strategic goals, as necessary within the wider Government community.

This role will have overall accountability for the quality and delivery of draft Ofqual Annual Report and Accounts, to maintain and enhance Ofqual’s brand and consistent ‘voice’.

Who we are looking for.

You will be an accomplished and expert senior leader with the ability to inspire and lead complex and diverse teams. You will almost certainly have an appetite for developing people, using new approaches and be tuned in to behaviours to create an environment that encourages high performance and innovation.

You will value education, and thrive on the success of your team’s achievements, valuing their success and achievements above your own.

You will have extensive experience within the financial sector and be several years post qualification as a management or financial accountant.

A forensic and strategic thinker, you will be highly adept at translating multiple and complex inputs into clear direction, strategy and business plans as well as being able to demonstrate high levels of personal integrity and a commitment to uphold the Civil Service values.

A colleague committed to people and creating inclusive workplaces who values equality, diversity and inclusion, you will ensure that organisational values and our strategic approach to EDI are at the forefront of our determination and delivery of our overarching strategic objectives.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide expert advice to the Chair of Ofqual’s ARAC and F&HR Committees, Executive Director Finance and Operations, the Chief Regulator, and Executive Directors on finance, business and commercial activities to support the delivery of Ofqual’s strategic goals, as necessary within the wider Government community.
  • Support the Accounting Officer directly and indirectly via your line manager and by enabling EDs across Ofqual to discharge their responsibilities by ensuring that there are sufficient financial expertise, effective financial systems and control mechanisms in place in accordance with MPM.
  • Provide meaningful financial analysis enabling decision makers to take timely and informed business decisions, including the development of the annual budget in such a way that it enables the fulfilling of Ofqual’s corporate plan.
  • Be an active member of the RCS Leadership Team, and attending where required the Ofqual Senior Management Group, advising on all aspects of the organisation’s work in relation to finance, business, and commercial activities.
  • Assist the Executive Director Finance and Operations and Chief Regulator in setting and developing the financial strategy of Ofqual and leading the operational delivery of that strategy internally and with stakeholders in His Majesty’s Treasury and the Department for Education.

Person specification

Please refer to the job description for a full list of essential criteria to support your application.


CCAB/CIMA Chartered Accountant with minimum 5 years post qualification experience
Level 6 qualification or equivalent experience


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service


As a Civil Servant, you will benefit from a leading, modern employment offer which includes flexible working arrangements that support people at different stages in their lives, and pensions among the best available in the UK, as well as generous annual leave entitlements.

Other benefits you can enjoy include:

  • Performance Related Pay scheme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Regular professional development
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives such as mini-medicals, flu vaccinations
  • Employee assistance programme and occupational health
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards lenses/spectacles for VDU users, if appropriate
  • Family friendly policies
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Access to exclusive discounts
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

When you press the ‘Apply now’ button, you will be asked to complete personal details (not seen by the shortlisting panel), your career history and qualifications.

You will then be asked to provide a personal statement evidencing how you meet the essential criteria shown on the job description.
Please ensure you demonstrate clearly, within your personal statement, how you meet these requirements as this will form a key part of your evidence when the panel is scoring your application, against the requirements of the role.

Ofqual has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. You’ll be asked to remove all personal details from your CV when you apply.

During the interview process, this vacancy may include a short presentation and/or assessment. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates upon invitation to interview.

Please submit your application by 4th December 2022 @ 23:55PM

Interview dates – 6th January 2023 (subject to change)

As part of the interview process, shortlisted applicants will be asked to take part in a staff engagement session. This will take place on 4th January 2022. Further details will be provided at invite to interview stage.

We often have similar roles available at different grades. If a candidate is suitable for a similar role or at a lower grade than they applied for, we may extend an offer without the need to go through a further selection process, providing the role has comparable behaviours and essential criteria.

Ofqual operates a modern working approach with flexibility in mind. This means, that subject to business need, successful candidates will be offered the option to combine working at home with working at their contractual workplace. Further information relevant to this post will be available for candidates invited to interview.

Final panel interviews will be held face to face in our Coventry office.

Earlsdon Park
53 to 55 Butts Road

One of our resourcing colleagues will be on hand to answer any queries you may have throughout the process.

Please be aware that expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you require assistance or need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should tell us what changes or help you might need further in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at an interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional. You should contact us at \ to discuss your needs.

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


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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Contact point for applicants

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Further information

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should first contact Ofqual by email: \ If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can then contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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