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Chief Finance Officer

Closing Date: December 24th, 2012

The Office of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to working with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and other partners to make Cambridgeshire a safer place to live in, work in or visit. Sir Graham Bright was elected by the public as Cambridgeshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012, pledging to be the voice of the people.

The Office of the PCC is seeking an influential leader to develop and deliver financial strategy and sound long and medium term financial plans for revenue and capital. The Chief Financial Officer will be a critical member of Sir Graham’s leadership team. You will need a strong strategic grasp on how effective financial decisions drive business, coupled with an eye for detail. Working cooperatively and constructively with the Constabulary’s CFO, you will be responsible for developing and driving forward strategies to ensure the resources are available for the Commissioner and Constabulary to meet the Police and Crime Objectives and the Commissioner’s personal pledges to the Cambridgeshire public.

Strategic Delivery

Your responsibilities include: guaranteeing effective financial governance and delivering legislative and fiduciary duties; delivering robust budget plans with adequate financial reserves; developing and supporting your staff; and contributing to effective corporate governance.

Business Management

You will be expected to ensure capital programme and investment decisions are fully evaluated and deliver value for money, as well as effectively assessing delivery against plans. You will ensure all published financial information, including annual accounts, strategies and plans, are accurate and objective; assist in the development of the annual corporate governance statement and the local code of governance; and ensure appropriate asset management and procurement strategies are developed and maintained.

Day to Day Delivery

You will ensure that the resources, expertise and systems within the finance function of the Office of the PCC are sufficient to meet the needs of the business, and create robust arrangements for treasury management. You will lead on the financial and contract arrangements for commissioned services, grant awards and funding arrangements, and develop and maintain an effective audit committee.

Person Specification

You will be a senior qualified accountant with breadth and depth of experience in leading a finance function in either the commercial or public sector or both. You will inspire confidence and respect at the highest level and be able to operate effectively with senior leaders, recognising the importance of political awareness and sensitivity. You must recognise the opportunity for risk management versus innovation, and will be able to demonstrate a commitment to best practice in change management and leadership.

For a private and confidential discussion, please call Peter Cannone on +44 (0)1727 731980 or email your CV to