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The Children’s Commissioner for England sits at the heart of Government, delivering for children, and championing their voices and needs. This includes a particular responsibility towards children who rely on the state for their safety or protection.

The Children’s Commissioner is a unique statutory role with powers to help bring about long-term change and improvements for children. Her messages to policy and decision makers, leaders of industry, charities and sometimes parents provide insight, evidence, and challenge to us all to provide the best support possible for children as they grow up.

The Children’s Commissioner’s office (CCo)is a small but high performing and productive organisation. The combined role of Director of Finance and Resources is a critical role in the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), sitting at the heart of the Office. It blends financial assurance capability and strategic thinking with operational delivery and staff management responsibilities. Reporting directly to the Children’s Commissioner, you will contribute to ensuring that the organisation achieves its strategic aims.

You will be responsible for leading a portfolio of corporate functions. Accommodating the different organisational requirements, you will have several common responsibilities including finance, procurement, payroll, audit, facilities, human resources, and business continuity planning.

As a qualified accountant with significant experience of working at a senior level in the public sector, you will be responsible for refining and developing the corporate functions within your portfolio to ensure their successful delivery, and for providing specific financial assurance to the Children’s Commissioner’s office and Department for Education.

With demonstrable senior leadership experience, you will have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills at a senior level, with both internal and external stakeholders.


Essential Skills/Requirements

Experience, skills & abilities
Personal Qualities

Application process

To apply please download the job specification and send an anonymised (name-blind) copy of your CV, statement of suitability, candidate information form (application form) and the Equality and Diversity form (diversity form) to our recruitment team at [email protected] by 23:55 on Monday 29th May 2023. The job description will not be available online after the closing date. Applicants are advised to download a copy for future use.

Your statement of suitability should be anonymised (name-blind) and should set out how you meet the essential skills and any relevant experience to the key duties of the role (no more than 1,000 words).

Applications will be sifted against the requirements set out in the essential skills/experience listed in the job description.

Interviews for short-listed candidates are expected to take place during the w/c 12th June 2023.

Please note that the successful candidate will be expected to join at the base of the salary band unless joining on a level move from another government department at a higher salary.

Recruitment process

Our recruitment process is based on fair and open competition and is committed to:

Additional benefits


Successful applicants are required to provide proof of their entitlement to work in the UK and complete a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service process to an enhanced level.