Vacancy -- Director of Finance, Health and Social Services Group

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

Health and Social Services
Senior Civil Service 2
circa £125,000
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales

Closing Date

05/07/2021, 12:00

Purpose of Post

Annual budgets are in excess of £9bn. These cover both revenue and capital expenditure. The majority of the spend is within the Welsh NHS although there are significant funded national programmes supporting social services policy. The way in which the Welsh Government (WG) is funded will continue to change significantly over the coming years. The Welsh Government has moved from being almost wholly reliant on a block grant to a much more complex system in which its budget is derived from a combination of a block grant, borrowing powers and taxes levied on Welsh businesses or citizens. This has meant significant opportunities for Welsh Ministers to use the additional financial flexibilities, but there are also risks to the way the process of change is handled. The postholder will play a key role in optimising and advising on opportunities within the context of the Health and Social Services Group.


The Director of Finance will report to the Director General of HSSG/Chief Executive of NHS Wales and will be a key member of the Executive Director Team. They will provide strong leadership for financial management and planning across the Group with a relentless focus on maximising the efficiency of the Group’s financial delivery.


The Director of Finance will be responsible for delivering a high quality service, combining robust information and analysis to provide insight and constructive challenge, to effectively support strategic innovation and sound business decisions across the Group.


They will maintain and develop a respected and collaborative professional team which commands credibility at all levels and promotes a culture of value for money across the Group and in their dealings with the NHS in Wales. The Director of Finance will also ensure that the Group adheres to the principles of Managing Public Money and that the Accounting Officer’s position is considered in all relevant decisions.


The post holder will serve as Head of the Finance profession within NHS Wales and, as such, will be expected to provide professional leadership to the NHS in Wales, which will include the ongoing development and modernisation of the finance function within Wales whilst also promoting the highest standards of probity and corporate governance at every level of the service to ensure best use of resources.

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

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.

Welsh language skills need to be learnt when appointed

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Assessment Process

Assessments for Shortlisted Candidates Only

On Line Psychometric Tests

Stakeholder Engagement Exercise

Panel interview

How to apply

Completed application form, an up to date CV, together with a personal statement of suitability for the post should be submitted by the closing date.  All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format or if you need to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment 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 the Senior Civil Service recruitment process within the Welsh Government, please see the SCS Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link). Further guidance on Preparing Your Personal Statement (link) is also available.

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

Other information about the vacancy

This is a name free recruitment exercise.

Your name should be removed from your CV and personal statement when you submit your application.

11 August 2021

This vacancy is closed to applications.