Head of Pay and Reward

About HM Treasury:

The Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.


Job description

Corporate Centre Group

The Corporate Centre Group provides corporate systems, services, solutions and facilities to enable HM Treasury Group to deliver effectively and efficiently. It consists of Human Resources, Finance, Finance & HR Operations, IT and Facilities, Management Information, Correspondence and Information Rights, Estates, Security, Information and records management. We provide a vast array of services and solutions that enable the Treasury Group and its partners to operate effectively.

The Human Resources team, comprising around 35 people, is currently delivering wide-ranging services in a very new environment as staff work from home. We have collaborated with other teams in the Corporate Centre Group to support home working, and to adapt our buildings to be Covid-safe for those who do need to come into the office. Key other projects include a focus on diversity and inclusion, improving management capability and skills, and supporting wellbeing. The team is a diverse, comprising HR professionals and others with a background in Treasury policy work, which makes for a useful skills mix. We have a wide range of flexible working arrangements in place. We work closely with senior stakeholders to make sure that our work genuinely supports and adds value, and the department has a genuinely collaborative culture. We strongly support, and try to live by, the department’s four Values: integrity, appreciative, collaborative and open.

We have a shared services team based in Norwich, which provides transactional HR and finance support for the Treasury and its arms-length bodies, including managing the payroll and the relationship with our external provider. The department is currently developing plans for an economic hub in the north of England.

This is an important strategic role, with lead responsibility for the reward and benefits strategy within HM Treasury. You will be a member of the HR senior leadership team, and manage a small branch with 1 staff member. You will also manage the department’s annual pay remit process, consulting with senior stakeholders and the department’s Executive Management Board, and be responsible for ensuring a fair, transparent and modern pay and benefits system. You will lead on managing the annual performance appraisal process for the department’s Senior Civil Servants, which is chaired by the Permanent Secretary. You will also have responsibility for the overall direction and design of the HR pages on our intranet, Red Box, for managing the team’s significant non-pay budget, and for coordinating the team’s annual business plan and budget bidding process. There is also an opportunity to review the support we provide on pay and reward to our agencies and arm’s length bodies.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Lead and coordinate the reward and benefits strategy to ensure that Treasury can recruit and retain talented employees. This means researching and analysing existing Treasury workforce MI, using benchmarking and other comparative data from other government departments and the external market, and an understanding of current government public sector pay policy, to assess the impact of current strategies. It then means using this assessment to develop evidence-based proposals and model options for change for discussion at the Executive Management Board. Finally it means being able to translate the strategy, once agreed, into operational plans which the payroll team can deliver effectively.

2. Manage the annual cycle of reward activity, including the ‘pay remit’ process, working within published Civil Service guidelines for non-SCS grades. This includes preparing costed proposals for the annual salary review for the Executive Management Board, obtaining ministerial sign-off, conducting negotiations with the trades unions and arranging to pay salary increases and performance bonuses for below-SCS staff. It also includes annual activities such as producing and publishing the gender pay gap report and various transparency returns.

3. Lead on pay and the performance appraisal process for the SCS, developing options for the Senior Civil Service (SCS) pay award that are in line with Cabinet Office guidelines, for discussion at the SCS Pay Committee, acting as the Treasury’s point of contact with the Cabinet Office, planning and communicating the timescales and expectations for performance appraisals, arranging the SCS Pay Committee in liaison with the Permanent Secretary’s office, arranging payment of salary increases and performance bonuses and communicating these to members of the SCS.

4. Act as the Treasury’s representative on cross-departmental reward networks which includes responding on behalf of the Treasury to cross-cutting proposals on pay strategies, contributing to external salary and benefits surveys, and development of reward policies and practices.

5. Work closely with the payroll team in Norwich to ensure we provide streamlined services including professional and additional allowances, advice on application of pay policy, pension queries etc. Provide support and expert advice to help with service improvements or solve problems. Non-pay benefits include a cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers.

6. Lead the development, design and implementation of a refresh to HR team’s intranet pages, in conjunction with the department’s overall lead for this project. This means decisions about our ‘public face’, ensuring a consistent design and format, a simple and customer focused navigation and a clear maintenance plan. It also means working with other branch heads in HR to ensure that their views are taken account of and any changes required are clearly explained, commissioned and reviewed.

7. Take on a programme office role across HR, to develop and coordinate the annual business plan and budget/headcount bids, plan and oversee the month-by-month spending of the non-pay budget (£2m+) working with colleagues in other branches to ensure spending is up to date and position against budget is clear.

8. Manage a small team (Project Manager and Reward Adviser) to deliver the work of the branch in accordance with Treasury Values and departmental policies.
Act as a member of the HR senior team, sharing the wider leadership of the HR team, communication and team meetings and development activities, participating in and supporting corporate initiatives and deputising for the Head of HR.


A numeracy test will form part of the preliminary sift for this role. Candidates who achieve satisfactory scores will then be able to complete the full application.

Required Qualifications:
1. CIPD qualification or equivalent experience as a senior HR practitioner

Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:

1. You must have proven reward experience including a track record of delivering reward strategies in a complex environment. Some experience of pensions would be beneficial. (Experience)

2. Ability to work accurately and efficiently with a range of systems, databases and spreadsheet development (inc excel) and carry out data manipulation and modelling. (Technical Skills)

3. Experience of working as a trusted partner and provider of expert advice to senior stakeholders. (Communicating and Influencing)

The lead criteria is: Experience

If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.


CIPD qualification or equivalent experience as a senior HR practitioner.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • The ability to work accurately and efficiently with a range of systems, databases and spreadsheet development (inc excel) and carry out data manipulation and modelling, datasets etc to support pay decisions and recommendations.
  • Ability to use Powerpoint and Excel to produce and present data to a range of audiences in a clear and engaging way and to support decision-making.

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • The ability to work accurately and efficiently with a range of systems, databases and spreadsheet development (inc excel) and carry out data manipulation and modelling, datasets etc to support pay decisions and recommendations.


Flexible working arrangements:

HM Treasury views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including; working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.

We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.

At HM Treasury we have an incredibly broad remit; our work touches every citizen of the country. So, it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are able to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.


• 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
• Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
• Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
• Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
• Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
• Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
• A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
• A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)

Apply today!