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Deputy Director Resources - Joint Forces Command

Location

Northwood, London

 

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Job description

The Deputy Director Resources is responsible to the Director Resources and Policy and Commander JFC for the management, planning and assurance of the Joint Forces Command Top Level Budget.

JFC provides services and outputs that are fundamental to Defence and our ongoing information advantage, against threats that are increasingly complex, intertwined and dangerous. It is made up of the following elements:

- HQ JFC
- The Permanent Joint Headquarters
- MOD A Block
- Defence Intelligence
- Joint Force Development and the Defence Academy
- The Joint Medical Group (previously known as the Surgeon General’s organisation)
- Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Logistic Operations)
- The Chief Information Officer
- Information Systems and Services
- The Permanent Joint Operating Bases in the South Atlantic Islands, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Bahrain, Oman, the British Indian Ocean Territories and Singapore.
- The Joint Arms Control Group

Commander JFC is equivalent in rank to the Chiefs of the single Services, sits on the senior Defence Committees and is personally accountable to the Permanent Secretary (and the Chief of Defence Staff) for the performance of his organisation. The Deputy Director Resources has a key role in supporting and enabling the Commander to discharge his role.

There is an ongoing Review into JFC which might lead to changes in its scope and composition, and which will provide the post holder with further opportunities for development.

The Budget is made up of three elements.

a) A Top-Level Budget Plan (largely personnel and activity) of c£2bn pa
b) An Equipment Capability Plan (c£2.3bn), which provides Information and Communication Technology and logistic support capabilities for the whole of Defence as well as specialist ad medical capabilities for JFC organisations;
c) An Infrastructure Plan ((c£1bn pa) for JFC organisations in the UK and overseas.

The Deputy Director Resources pays a vital role in the planning and management of each of these elements: supported by a range of senior finance officers (Band B to SCS) in each area. You are responsible to the Director Resources and Policy for the effective management of all aspects of in year and long-term planning, management and control of resources.

The role comes with a sizeable leadership opportunity. Around 45 staff (a mix of military and civilian) at a wide range of grades are in your team. The Deputy Director Resources plays a key role in managing, mentoring and professionalising the function both within the Headquarters and the 200+ finance staff across Joint Forces Command.

The key responsibilities are:

- The effective in year management of the JFC budget, forecasting expenditure accurately, and working closely with the Had Office to ensure that JFC plays a full part in the effective in year management for the Departments.

- Managing the 10 year planning process within JFC. Ensure that our forward programme is realistically costed and reflects the Commander’s priorities (and is consistent with Defence’s needs).

- Efficiency. Taking the lead for the Command on the identification, tracking and delivery of the significant efficiencies (£6bn over 10 years) that are required to ensure the future affordability of the programme. Working across the organisation and with the Executive Committee and the Board to ensure that messaging on efficiency encourages all organisations to work hard to identify and deliver them. Also working to think up new ideas to encourage and reward efficiency.

- Scrutiny. Provide rigorous scrutiny of and constructive advice on JFC business cases going to the Command’s Investment Approvals Board or Departmental Investment Approvals Committee and ensure effective operation of scrutiny and approvals process in the organisation.

- Internal Systems and Controls. Ensure the effective operation of the systems of internal financial controls within JFC. Support the work of the Audit Committee in providing assurance to the Commander on the full range of output that JFC is responsible for. On Acquisition, ensure that the arrangements for governance of programme delivery through Senior Responsible Owners and Capability Sponsors are robust, and embed the JFC Acquisition Support Plan with Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and Information Services Plan with Inofrmation Systems & Services (ISS) as means of holding DE&S and ISS to account for project and programme delivery

- Functional leadership. Working in support of the D Res and Pol, to facilitate and drive the delivery of the finance functional leadership agenda in JFC. Functional leadership is a major reform of accountabilities and professionalising of the function: and the Deputy Director Resources will be expected to play a key part in its development and delivery.

- Wider Finance Reform. Contribute to the design of and ensure JFC interests are reflected in key initiatives: delegation of Infrastructure funding and responsibilities; new model for Inventory budgeting; operation of the Internal Controls and Assurance Framework and Finance systems.

- People. Ensure the effective management of the finance function in JFC Headquarters, and support the Director in delivering the same across the organisation.

- You will be the JFC representative on the Financial Management Executive a sub- committee of the MOD Finance Committee.