The Economics group is responsible for providing economic surveillance, delivering the evidence base to underpin macroeconomic and microeconomic policy and promoting professionalism for economics and social research in government.
The Fiscal group is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the public finances, over both the medium term and the long term, thereby supporting economic stability and growth. Operationally, it ensures that Government’s financing needs are met, over both the short and medium term.
About the Team
Economics and Fiscal Group Management Services (GMS) team are an experienced, flexible and collaborative team. They provide group management services to seven teams across two groups. The team also provides executive assistance to the Group Management Teams (GMT), supporting the engagement and delivery of the groups’ corporate objectives.
We support flexible working practices and have varied working arrangements within both groups. Please discuss any working requirements with the recruiting manager.
This is a challenging and stretching role in a fast-paced part of the Treasury. We are looking for a highly organised and proactive individual to effectively lead and line manage the GMS team and deliver executive assistance to the Economics and Fiscal Groups Management Team. The post holder’s key objective will be to support the Directors and management teams in making the groups more effective and a better place to work.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn about a department at the centre of government policy-making, and to be at the forefront of decision-making in the Groups.
Key accountabilities are:
1. Provide direct management, leadership and support to six members of the GMS. Support the team through coaching to take initiative and ownership – monitoring performance and providing feedback to aid development. Ensure a high standard of service is sustainably and consistently provided across the groups.
2. Provide executive assistant support the Directors and the GMT in the operational management of the groups and delivering their corporate objectives. This includes providing an effective secretariat function for GMT meetings by setting forward-looking agendas to ensure timely engagement with issues, including the HMT-wide corporate and management agenda (e.g. business planning, performance/talent management).
3. Act as the main liaison between the Group and Corporate Centre, ensuring the Group is following the wider corporate requirements (e.g. quarterly performance update, group finance, HR issues) and communicating urgent/important information to the group.
4. Be active in wider Treasury groups and networks, particularly the GMS Manager and Correspondence networks, sharing best practice with and learning from others. Contribute your experience to the development of new Treasury systems and processes.
5. Filter information, issues and problems. Proactively and autonomously exercise judgment and discretion to problem solve quickly and delegate matters where appropriate.
Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
1. Ability to manage and lead people in a way that motivates and supports their development.
2. Ability to proactively identify risks and solve problems on behalf of senior stakeholders with confidence and judgement.
3. Developed organisational skills to plan ahead and handle a busy workload – to ensure a consistently high service.
We encourage applications from all candidates with suitable skills and experience. The role would particularly suit an individual with a PA, office manager or private office background. It could equally suit other eligible individuals looking to gain insight and experience at the heart of Treasury.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Communicating and Influencing
- Developing Self and Others
- Managing a Quality Service
This post is available on a full time, part time or job share basis, and flexible working hours can be accommodated.
The working hours of this post are 42 per week (including meal breaks of 1 hour a day) unless you have a legacy agreement as an existing Civil Servant.
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. Find out more about Civil Service pensions
- 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)