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Director General, Financial Services

Closing date
27 Oct 2021

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Are you interested in playing an important role in a key government Department that offers an exciting opportunity to be part of the decision making that affects the whole of the UK? We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join HM Treasury's Executive Management Board.

This role will provide an exciting and challenging opportunity to lead the agenda to secure financial stability, improve outcomes for consumers and business users of financial services, and to enhance the competitiveness of the financial services industry. The post holder will have a critical role in leading the Treasury's Financial Services and Financial Stability groups at a particularly important time. Over the coming years, there is significant volume of legislation to enshrine the new UK framework for financial regulation now that we have left the EU, and to update this legislation for the rapid pace of technological change in the financial services industry.

Role Accountabilities:

As a member of the Treasury's Executive Management Board (EMB), which acts as the collective leadership of HM Treasury, the Director General, Financial Services and EMB colleagues will be expected to actively and visibly shape the department's forward work plan and monitor and manage the delivery of the whole range of HM Treasury business. This will include horizon-scanning and addressing risks, ensuring resources are allocated efficiently and flexibly to priorities, in the best interests of the department as a whole.

The post-holder will report to the Second Permanent Secretary of the Treasury, Charles Roxburgh. They will be responsible for supporting the relevant Directors by providing strategic leadership to three Directors in the Financial Stability and Financial Services groups.

What you will bring to the team:
  • Outstanding leadership skills, including a proven track record in leading an agenda in a complex environment;
  • Significant financial, economic and analytical expertise;
  • Detailed understanding of domestic and international financial regulation and the financial services industry;
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills that achieve results, ideally in the field of financial regulation;
  • A proven track record of working with senior leaders in a complex environment.

HM Treasury is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at developing policy that is reflective of the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

Benefits Package
  • 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).
  • Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave packages
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme and season ticket advances
  • 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)

More information about the Treasury can be found here.

For more information about the role, salary, benefits and how to apply please follow the "Apply" link.

If you would like to speak to the hiring manager informally prior to the closing date for applications to find out more about the job, please contact by an email.

If you need any reasonable adjustments to take part in the selection process, please tell us about this in your online application form, or speak to the recruitment team by an email.

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment based on fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners' Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.
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