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Salary: SEO £43,300 – £47,939 (SEO Accountant £49,901 – £54,861 available for CCAB qualified accountant)

Hours: Full-time

Do you want to make a tangible difference to the lives of children across England? Can you use your skills to be a catalyst for creating meaningful change? Are you ready to join a committed team dedicated to giving children and young people a voice on the issues affecting them?

Now is the perfect time to join the Children’s Commissioner’s office (CCo) as the team launches ‘The Big Ambition’, a new campaign to hear directly from children and young people across England about what they need to make their lives better. In the lead up to the next General Election, the Children’s Commissioner wants to take children’s thoughts, opinions and ideas to decision-makers, to ensure that the Government reflects children’s voices in the decisions that will affect them in years to come.

What children want and need underpins all the work we do, with the Children’s Commissioner working across sectors, Government, and the civil service to deliver for their needs.

Joining the team is a chance to be involved in shaping children’s policy, making sure children’s voices are heard and be part of an exciting environment which puts children’s needs at the heart of everything they do.

We are working to make the changes children said mattered to them. And we’re looking for dedicated, highly skilled people to join the team.

We are looking for a wide variety of people to take on our roles, however we would particularly welcome applications from care leavers or individuals with experience of being ‘looked after’ by the state. We are also actively encouraging applicants from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our team.

We welcome applications from both inside and outside the Civil Service.

Purpose of the role

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.  Their 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 Corporate Services team ensures the effective delivery of all internal support services and those provided through shared service agreements. Support services include governance, finance, commercial, risk management, HR, IT, office and buildings management.

Working closely with the Director of Finance and Resources, this role will manage the operational delivery of all aspects of the Children’s Commissioner’s financial operations to ensure efficient financial transactions, business planning and modelling.

The post holder will be instrumental in the development of systems and processes, and build effective relationships across the organisation to ensure effective financial delivery.


Financial management

Financial Reporting



Business partnering

Team management

Team working


Person specification

Essential Skills/Requirements

Knowledge and Experience:

Skills and Abilities:

Personal qualities:

Desirable Skills/Requirements:

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Alongside your salary of £43,300, Office of the Children’s Commissioner contributes £11,691 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

To apply

To apply please download the job specification and send an anonymised (name-blind) copy of your CV, statement of suitability, candidate information form and the Equality and Diversity form to our recruitment team at [email protected]  by 23:55 on 03 December 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 500 words).

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

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place during the week commencing 13 December 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.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles (opens in a new window).

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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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.