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Head of Strategic Finance - Counter Terrorism Policing HQ - job post

Metropolitan Police
3.6 out of 5
West Brompton
£105,332 a year - Full-time
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Job Title: Head of Strategic Finance - Band S1 - Counter Terrorism Policing HQ

Salary: The starting salary is £105,332 which includes allowances totalling £2,841.

The salary is broken down as £102,491 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £105,358 Plus, a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Location: West Brompton

Job Summary

The Head of Strategic Finance is an exciting and rewarding role. The post holder will lead financial management and strategy for CT Policing and lead the Counter Terrorism Strategic Finance Function in CTPHQ. The post holder will be performing a critical function in aligning complex CT and Protection funding and accountancy arrangements into a single well-articulated governance structure and delivery arrangement.

Key Tasks

The post holder will be required to do the following:

  • In Year financial management of the CT Policing & Protective Security grant, totalling over £1 billion per annum, covering a workforce of around 7,600 in the CT Network across 43 forces within England and Wales.
  • Have overall strategic control of the CT Policing grant budget. The post holder will strongly and directly influence the allocation of all resources and grant funding.
  • Lead the annual CT Policing & Protective Security budget setting process.
  • Lead CT Policing’s multi-year Medium Term Financial Plan.
  • Develop strategic thematic business and financial plans across business areas including Data, Digital and Technology (DDaT), Change, Estate Management and Procurement, driving activity and investment choices.
  • Lead a team with a strong focus on continuous improvement and delivering value for money in CT Policing.
  • Represent CT policing and manage relationships with external agencies at a senior level. Will require extensive knowledge of strategic issues within counter terrorism of local, national and international impact, including matters relating to protection.
  • Co-ordinate, engage and collaborate with senior stakeholders across police forces, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), CT Policing, and partner agencies that significantly impact on the UK’s ability to reduce the risk of terrorism both in the UK and against its interests overseas. Work collaboratively to provide clear financial advice.

Key Result Areas

  • Lead on developing and executing a coherent CT Financial Plan and CT Grant Budget in agreement with the CT Policing Executive (for distribution across all 43 police forces) in line with the Governments Counter Terrorist Strategy and the national CT Policing Strategy.
  • Delivery of effective governance arrangements for a coherent CT Financial Strategy and Plan and oversight on all policy development and activity across all four areas of CONTEST - Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare and other thematic strategies (ICT, HR, estates, procurement etc.).
  • Provision of strong financial advice, information and reporting to all areas of the CT Policing Leadership enabling confidence and providing assurance that funding arrangements and spend are within budget, on track and will enable delivery of CT priorities and objectives.
  • Provision of a strong assurance and governance capability and day-to-day corporate risk and assurance management and escalation of risk and recommendations to the Home Office on a quarterly basis. Including the submission of cash-flow and payment recommendations.
  • Be responsible for effective management of financial risk for CT Policing with potential National and International impact, be prepared to present options, and assess impact etc. across London, National and International areas.
  • Provision of financial advice, direction, information and reports to all those that need it, covering all areas within the remit of Financial Business, including reporting budgetary information, Medium Term Plans, and Capital Programming to a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Review CT Policing’s Value for Money Strategy as well as delivery of the implementation plan.
  • Improving and ensuring that financial planning is aligned against strategic outcomes and performance and is developed in response to emerging economic, political, legal, environmental, operational and technical changes including significant change programmes and develop processes to spot opportunities, identify business threats and develop/implement solutions.
  • Be required to align financial and accountancy management against the CT Strategic Plan and link it to performance outcomes and delivery.
  • Establish effective collaborative and inclusive communication processes throughout the CT Policing Leadership, CT Policing, MPS and with other partners to ensure early financial considerations on all significant business case developments to inform strategic decision making.


This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Developed Vetting (DV) level before taking up the post.

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

Confidentiality Agreement

Applicants should also be aware of the need to sign a confidentiality agreement on taking up the post.

Our Employee Commitments

Counter Terrorism Policing aims to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere and culture and an environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. Where any group or individual can be and feel respected, supported and valued to fully participate and contribute to our mission of “Working to keep people safe from Terrorism”.

Inclusion, diversity and equality is at the front and centre of our approach to make the composition of Counter Terrorism Policing more representative of the communities we serve. As Counter Terrorism is rooted in Local Policing, to tackle today’s complex policing challenges, applications from across all communities are therefore essential and encouraged. Counter Terrorism Policing as a network is committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations’.

Counter Terrorism Policing is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working or job share. In addition, this role has been reviewed following learning from work during the Covid pandemic and may be done in an agile manner. In the first instance, please contact the vacancy holder to discuss how such arrangements could be accommodated (where applicable).

How to apply

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement, and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 23:55 on 10th May 2024.

Key Skills

The post holder must have:

  • Be a qualified accountant and must be a member of one of the Chartered or Certified Accounting Bodies with evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Ability to set a coherent financial strategy and understanding of budget methodologies, management accounting practices, costing methodologies and accounting frameworks.
  • Ability to set budgets, forecasts, medium term plans, and monitor spend; evaluate business proposals and plans; conduct financial appraisals; and dealing with complex issues and their impact upon the financial governance of the network.
  • Ability to deliver consistent, robust financial management and budgetary accountability. Aligning budgets to performance.
  • Ability to develop, communicate, persuade and gain ownership for a new clear vision and direction for financial planning.
  • Ability to represent CT policing at national level meetings and develop and deliver presentations.
  • A strong, effective leader with the ability to provide strategic leadership in a complex role and the ability to co-ordinate and develop an effective devolved financial capability and local team.
  • Highly effective communication and stakeholder handlings skills with the ability to influence, interact and negotiate at a senior level across a broad range of senior stakeholders throughout the MPS, CT Policing and within other partner agencies. Develop or have a clear understanding of CT Policing relationships to Government, security and intelligence agencies and legislative process including their governance arrangements.
  • Ability to make judgements and decisions regarding risk escalation and review the success of risk interventions.
  • Ability to identify and engage with new stakeholders, suggest methods of engagement and monitor delivery.


  • Significant experience of advising and guiding business decisions and frameworks in order to ensure compliance, managing risk and to support governance arrangements.
  • Significant experience including financial management, business planning, forecasting and costing of major activities in a complex environment.
  • Experience of continuous improvement using appropriate toolsets (e.g. Lean, Six Sigma) so that it becomes business as usual.
  • Experience and understanding of financial inspection and audit regimes within the public sector and the legislative requirements for financial audit and inspection services including annual governance statements.
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