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Title Performance and Finance Reporting Manager
Ref HE/3496
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Bedford
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 27 Feb 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government company charged with driving forward our motorways and major A roads. Building on the successful 21 year heritage of the Highways Agency, we maintain and enhance the most important communications network in the country, the Strategic Roads Network. A network valued at just over £104 billion, which carries approximately one-third of all road traffic in England and nearly two-thirds of all heavy freight traffic.

We are responsible for modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However even more is planned to be done.

Our vision is to be the world’s leading road operator which means that we need to become a high performing organisation. It's an exciting time to start a Highways England career. With £11 billion to invest in major road improvements over the next 5 years, there’s an opportunity for you to be part of something special.

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Job Description

Are you a highly organised finance professional looking for your next opportunity? Are you CCAB qualified and experienced in financial management and performance reporting.

We are seeking a competent and communicative Performance and Finance Reporting Manager to be responsible for the provision and continuous improvement of Management Information provided on behalf of CIP.  This includes the access, quality, efficiency and accuracy of performance reporting.

We offer a competitive salary, flexible working and a rewarding and dynamic working environment.


The Complex Infrastructure Programme was established in 2014 to create a focus within Highways England to grow the expertise and capability to deliver large and complex Projects. The Programme has a strong focus on growing expertise and capability through learning and developing best practice from across the Projects.

The Complex Infrastructure Programme is a £7-8bn Programme currently comprising of three Projects; the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme, which started construction in 2016 and the Lower Thames Crossing and A303 Stonehenge schemes, both of which are in their earlier options phase. 

The role

The Performance and Finance Reporting Manager is responsible for ensuring that CIP financial responsibilities and timelines are adhered to. You will work collaboratively to provide or facilitate specialist advice and guidance on the application of financial principles, policy and procedures.

Working with the wider Programme Management office (PMO) team, you will support the implementation of system and process changes and to help mature the PMO delivery across the programme.

The responsibilities of this role are:

  • To work collaboratively across the teams within CIP to provide accurate and timely performance reports on behalf of the Programme, effectively planning and co-ordinating required submissions.
  • To be the ‘single source of the truth’ for financial information on behalf of the Programme, providing an appropriate level of ‘check and challenge’, highlighting key trends and opportunities and proposing resolution actions.
  • To facilitate or provide specialist advice and guidance on the application of financial principles, policy and procedures to support accurate financial forecasting and reporting.
  • To work with the Finance Business Partner and Portfolio office to understand, plan and communicate financial submission requirements such as quarter end, year end and budget setting.
  • To ensure complete and accurate financial accounting is carried out on behalf of the programme.
  • To provide a financial information pack to support quarterly ‘Deep Dive’ reviews
  • To ensure a consistent and accurate approach to financial reporting included in quarterly submissions to The Department of Transport.
  • To monitor, report on and increase compliance to the invoicing receipting and payment processing target across CIP by recommending and implenting improvements.
  • To provide ad-hoc financial information and reports as required
  • To manage, support and develop direct reports.
  • To build strong, effective working relationships across the programme and other Highways England departments
  • To look for continuous improvement opportunities to reporting processes and systems and to be the subject matter expert on behalf of CIP.
  • To facilitate and communicate any internal or external financial audit requirements across the programme

Skills and experience required

  • Accountancy CCAB qualification
  • Experience in a financial management and performance reporting environment
  • Experience in preparing and developing performance reports for governance monitoring, planning and decision making
  • Ability to understand scheme delivery activities to a sufficient level to enable effective decisions to be taken
  • Ability to grasp the realities and complexities of the business and understand the implications of applying specialist knowledge
  • Ability to assimilate and convey complex and challenging information to a range of audiences
  • Experience in creating and using complex spreadsheets
  • Line management experience


Personal Attributes / Competencies

  • Highly organised and capable of consistently meeting tight deadlines and delegating effectively
  • Superb communication skills
  • Able to effectively engage with colleagues at all levels with varied levels of technical understanding
  • Open and collaborative
  • Capable of managing upwards to achieve successful outcomes
  • Confident and approachable
  • Capable of leading and directing
  • Positive and adaptable

     All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

All applicants must have a valid passport and right to work in the UK which will need to be produced at interview stage.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received. Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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