Vacancy -- Income Tax Policy Specialist

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Permanent Secretary's Group
Tax Strategy, Policy & Engagement
Executive Band 2 - £48,650 - £58,185
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Various locations, Pan Wales
Successful candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Gateway between the 10th and 24th July 2019. The assessment process is only available to undertake in Cardiff. Further details of the assessments can be found in the Candidate Guidance document (link available in the How to Apply section of advert).

Purpose of Post:

The devolution of tax raising powers to Wales has provided the Welsh Government the opportunity to consider how it may utilise these new powers to raise necessary resources to fund essential public services and meet the needs of its citizens.  Since April 2018 the Welsh Government has been responsible for two devolved taxes (land transaction tax and landfill disposals tax) and from April 2019 now has responsibility for some elements of income tax.  

Responsibility for developing and delivering Welsh tax policy resides with the Welsh Treasury.   The Welsh Treasury sits right at the heart of the Welsh Government.  It is a small, high-performing department, a mixture of skilled specialists and generalists who support Welsh Ministers and the rest of the Welsh Government to maximise wellbeing for the people of Wales.  The department is made up of four Divisions, led by a Deputy Director.  Each leads on different but interrelated elements of the Welsh fiscal context: budget strategy and delivery; economic advice and analysis; innovative finance; and tax strategy, policy and engagement.  As a department we work collectively to maximise public value from Welsh fiscal resources, increase the funding available for public spending in Wales, and deliver Welsh Ministers’ fiscal strategy. 

Sitting within the Tax Strategy, Policy and Engagement Division of the Welsh Treasury, the post-holder will be the lead adviser to Welsh Ministers on income tax policy.

Bringing an in-depth level of UK income tax expertise to the role, the post-holder will have the ability to adapt their existing knowledge to the Welsh context by developing an understanding of Welsh tax powers, the Welsh fiscal context and demography, and Welsh Ministers’ strategy. 

The post-holder will also need to apply Wales’ tax policy principles together with that understanding of the potential interactions and effects of different Welsh rates of income tax (compared to England & Northern Ireland, and Scotland) to help shape advice to Welsh Ministers.

More widely, this role would contribute to the development of our tax policy capability (internally and externally) and would inform wider work on new taxes, including a potential social care levy.

Key tasks:

  • Provide technical expertise to help support the development of long-term income tax policy.
  • Use an evidence-based approach to the rate-setting process and advise Ministers accordingly.
  • Work with colleagues in Welsh Treasury and Government Plenary Business to implement the annual rate-setting process.
  • Ensure Ministers and senior officials are fully sighted on progress, opportunities and ongoing challenges.
  • Lead on key segments of the new Welsh tax policy work-plan, managing and coordinating work within relevant departments across the Welsh Government.
  • Build relationships with key UK partners, particularly HMRC and HM Treasury.
  • Work with colleagues across the Welsh Treasury to deliver an innovative and robust approach to tax policy in Wales, understanding the wider UK context and contributing to a distinctive and coherent approach to Welsh taxes.
  • Contribute to the development of tax policy capability in Wales and, in particular, help to inform wider work on new taxes, including a potential social care levy.

Development opportunities:

This post offers the opportunity to work in a high profile area of the Welsh Government, with links across policy departments, including with the UK Government, and working closely with Ministers and external stakeholders.  The post-holder will play a key role in embedding a major change in the powers of Welsh Ministers, establishing a clear Welsh approach to tax policy and implementation, and ensuring that there is a best practice approach to tax policy within the Welsh Government from its earliest stages.

Closing Date:

24/06/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

What the organisation will expect

  • You will have the ability to work under pressure, be flexible, proactive and self-motivated. You will have the ambition to lead and motivate a team to successfully deliver within a challenging, pressured and fast-paced environment
  • You will be able to take an innovative approach, looking for opportunities to do things differently and responsive enough to adapt and develop new options as things change
  • As an effective Civil Servant, you will very quickly need to gain an understanding of the political landscape and the role that Ministers play in setting the agenda for your business area; an understanding of how to get things done with regard to governance and financial management processes; an ability to manage risk, making informed decisions with little or no guidance; and be able to clearly communicate at all levels, including with senior stakeholders and Ministers.

What your team will expect

  • You will value diversity and inclusion, creating an environment where individuals feel safe to challenge, share ideas and express concerns
  • You will be a role model, who is able to motivate and inspire others, establish a vision and bring others on board, providing clear direction and priorities for the team, ensuring that every member understands their contribution to achieving objectives, and feel capable of fulfilling their role.
  • You will support the development of others, demonstrating an understanding of the importance of learning, planning for and providing opportunities and encouragement for individuals to develop, as well as investing time for your own development

What key stakeholders will expect

  • You will be able to use sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide credible advice and guidance to both internal and external stakeholders. 
  • You will understand the importance of building and maintaining constructive relationships, both within and outside Welsh Government. You will have strong influencing skills and the ability to build collaborative relationships that both challenge with support, and build trust and mutual respect across organisational boundaries
  • You will be able to use creative thoughts to develop recommendations, and take advantage of opportunities to work collaboratively across boundaries

Specific for the role

  • Candidates should have an in-depth level of UK income tax expertise and an ability to adapt their existing knowledge to the Welsh context.


For this particular scheme please ignore the instruction relating to competencies and the 300 word limit.

Other Information

The assessment event

Candidates will be assessed for suitability for the role through an Assessment Gateway. The Gateway will last for 4 hours and will contain two assessment exercises, plus an interview.  Here is some information on the type of exercises that you will be required to complete during the day. 

  • The Analytical Exercise

This involves the candidates being presented with a large amount of information from various different sources, relating to a relevant business problem. These may take the form of graphs, tables, government papers, advisory documents and newspaper articles. The content is highly complex and the candidate must provide a reasoned recommendation for their conclusions.

  • The Leadership Exercise

This will be a simulation of a meeting which involves candidates taking part in a behavioural exercise that simulates a one-to-one stakeholder meeting between the candidate and a role player based on a specific brief. This brief contains background information, a description of the situation and notes about the person he/she is about to meet. The timings and broad objectives of the meeting are also outlined. Candidates will have approximately twenty minutes to prepare prior to meeting the role player and will need to resolve the situation in a way that is mutually beneficial for both parties.

  • Interview

The interview will involve a blend of behaviour and strength-based questions.  The behaviour-based questions will be used to explore in detail what you are capable of and strengths-based questions to also explore what you enjoy and your motivations relevant to the grade requirements.  

Candidate Guidance

You are strongly advised to read the candidate guidance before you make your application, see link below.

Dr Andy Fraser, Deputy Director, Tax Strategy, Policy & Engagement - / 03000 251153

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, you need to submit a CV and personal statement demonstrating experience in relation to the advertised grade description listed under the competnecy behaviour / job specific section of the advert. 

CV’s should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 and personal statements no longer than 4 sides of A4.

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding working for the Welsh Government, please see our Recruitment Pack.

For details on how to make your applicaiton, please see the Candiate Guidance.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.