Head of Defence Resources

Head of Defence Resources


This is a vital role right at the heart of the MoD. With one of the largest and most complex budgets in Government and a ten-year financial planning framework the MoD is a uniquely interesting, challenging and rewarding departments for a finance professional to work in.

This role provides the post holder with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to plan and manage the finances of a major Government Department.

As is well publicised, this is a challenging time for Defence but one with many opportunities. You will be at the heart of the many critical decisions that need to be taken and then implemented over the coming months as the MoD implements the outcome of the 2020 Spending Review and the Integrated Review. Working closely with military colleagues and the single Services, you will provide expert advice to the most senior decision makers in the MoD – civil service, military and ministerial.

Job description

This is an excellent opportunity to lead a high-profile team at the heart of the Ministry of Defence, responsible for managing one of the biggest and most complex budgets in Government.

Defence Resources is responsible for the overall planning and management of the Ministry of Defence’s £37Bn annual budget. The team is part of the MoD’s Head Office and is based in Main Building, London. Its main responsibilities are managing the in-year budget position to ensure that the MoD remains within its Parliamentary Estimate; ensuring the department receives additional funding for Operations from the HM Treasury Special Reserve as appropriate; running the annual planning cycle which sets rolling 10 year budgets and coordinating and leading the MoD’s input into fiscal events and spending reviews. The post is also responsible for overseeing the production of the MoD’s annual Equipment Plan publication which is scrutinised by Public Accounts Committee annually and, as such is, a key element of the MoD’s transparency and accountability to Parliament.

The MoD has a delegated budget model whereby the budget is given to Top Level Budget holders (TLBs) to manage, such as the Army. The role of Defence Resources is to work with those Top Level Budget holders throughout the year to ensure that the MoD delivers its outputs within the funds available to it.

The Head of Defence Resources leads a team of around 20 civil servants and military personnel, including accountants and analysts. They are a highly skilled team who work to demanding timelines to manage one of the largest departmental resource budget.

The Head is responsible for ensuring that the team deliver high quality, insightful and timely analysis and advice on all MoD budget technical and management issues, providing advice to the Director General Finance, Permanent Secretary (including Accounting Officer Advice) and Secretary of State, as well other senior officials and ministers.

Critical to success in the post will be building and maintaining effective, transparent relationships with military capability teams in head office, finance teams in Top Level Budget holders and the MoD’s delivery agencies, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the National Audit Office.

The post reports to the Director for Financial Planning and Scrutiny.

Please see attached the candidate information pack for further details.


• Leading and managing the Defence Resources Team – building a high performing, diverse team that delivers high quality outputs and puts finance at the heart of decision making in MoD;

• Leading the planning and execution of the annual budgeting cycle;

• Leading the work to manage the in-year financial position of the MoD, including production of board packs, savings exercises and deep dives;

• Overseeing the process to agree the Department’s Main and Supplementary Estimates with HM Treasury and access to the Special Reserve for military operations;

• Overseeing the production and publication of the annual MoD Equipment Plan Report including working closely with the National Audit Office on their review of the Equipment Plan and preparing for the annual Public Accounts Hearing on the Report;

• Developing and manage an effective, open and transparent relationship with HM Treasury ; and,

• As a member of the Director’s senior management team contributing to the leadership and management of the directorate and as an SCS Finance Professional support Director General Finance to lead the finance function across MoD.

Please see attached the Candidate Information Pack for further details.


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Apply today!