The UK Government spends £700 billion and manages 1.3 trillion of assets. Government Finance is working to deliver the Government’s priority to reduce the deficit and repair the public finances in a fast-paced, complex environment, where the bottom line is not the only thing at stake.
Strong financial management is more important than ever in the Civil Service. Regardless of what the balance sheet says, people are our greatest asset so we want great people to join our team. The Finance Fast Stream will give you the opportunity to work on the most important economic and financial issues facing the country. You will help to achieve our vision of putting finance at the centre of decision-making whilst developing your leadership skills and experience which could help you become a future Civil Service leader.
Insight from one of our people, David Hanvidge:
“Reflecting back on my experience I recall one of the first things I asked myself was ‘is this for me’? A question I imagine many Fast Streamers ask when deciding which scheme to apply for. Particularly if you haven’t studied a Finance or Maths degree you might immediately assume that the work is purely numbers-based and therefore not for you. First, although numbers are involved, that’s not all that we do! And second, I studied History at university, highlighting the mixed backgrounds our people have.
I have enjoyed the variety of work available and the unique opportunity to work across a wide range of different government departments. These include Cabinet Office, No. 10, Department for Transport and Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The work itself has ranged from reviewing Financial Systems to providing expert advice and consultancy services for Departments around specific areas of the business including risk management, performance management and also day to day operational work including policy work.
I have enjoyed great work-life balance and have been able to keep up a number of activities, including dance and learning Mandarin, while also studying for (and passing!) professional exams. Support includes a network within government of other trainees/students pursuing the same qualifications. Again, the qualifications are not just about numbers and calculations; they also teach essential management and strategic skills which provide an excellent springboard for further career development.
Working in Finance and Internal Audit has presented a fantastic opportunity for me to develop a valuable and rounded set of skills supporting my Civil Service career journey. I have been involved in Pension Reform Work, Resilience and Emergency Division response work for the 2014 floods and also assisted with the project management work for some of the events held to commemorate the start of the First World War.”