Deputy MOD Spending Principal

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
21/04/2024 23:55
London: £42,500 - £48,720 /National: £39,500 - £45,720
Hours per week:
This post is available on a full time, part time or job share basis, and flexible working hours can be accommodated
Job Category:
Policy/ Research
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Employment Location:
London or Darlington
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Closing date:
21 Apr
Further Information
Are you looking for a fast-paced and exciting role at the intersection of UK defence and spending policy which sits at the heart of the Treasury’s work? If so, we'd love to hear from you!

About the Team
We are looking to recruit a Deputy MOD Spending Principal which sits within the Public Services Group of the Defence, Diplomacy, and Intelligence (DDI) team. The Public Services Group is at the heart of Treasury’s work to secure sustainable public finances and drive economic growth. We manage public spending of more than £250bn. across key public services and departments, including health, education, the criminal justice system, local government, housing, defence and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. We do this by working with other government departments, ministers, and other Treasury teams to ensure that spending plans support high quality public services, help the economy to grow and provide value for money for the taxpayer. 

The Defence, Diplomacy, and Intelligence (DDI) team is an open and friendly team that looks at spending issues across international and national security policy. We work with the Ministry of Defence, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Intelligence Agencies, Cabinet Office and No. 10 on pivotal and often sensitive decisions supporting the policy and operational capabilities of the UK.

We primarily exist to drive for the effective and efficient use of taxpayer's money to deliver the UK's defence, security and diplomatic objectives. We also coordinate and lead on the Chancellor’s and other Treasury ministers’ briefing for the National Security Council and COBR meetings. We are also the Treasury lead for operational responses to any international or domestic security incidents.

About the Job
In this role, the key accountabilities are:
  • Developing and maintaining the live MOD budget model. This is a financial model covering over £500bn of Defence capital and resource spending. You will lead on modelling defence spending against our NATO targets to inform Ministerial decision-making, and assessing the affordability of the MOD's plan.
  • Leading on financial oversight and control on MOD’s £50bn annual budget. This involves: close scrutiny of the in-year financial position, identifying and mitigating risks to the HM Treasury Reserve, and delivering Main and Supplementary Estimates.
  • Conducting analysis and supporting negotiations during fiscal events (particularly the Spending Review). You will be advising Ministers and senior officials on a range of different scenarios.
  • Leading on assessing the financial performance of MOD against their Outcome Delivery Plan. Working collaboratively with performance colleagues, Cabinet Office and MOD to ensure the Plan reflects appropriate objectives, contains measurable metrics and leading HMT inputs into senior reviews.
  • Leading on all policy for the MOD workforce, including the annual pay round, wider reward structures, size of the Armed Forces and Civilian workforce and HM Treasury’s interest in the independent review of Armed Forces Incentivization.
  • Negotiating of the MOD’s annual pay award for Armed Forces, leading on analysis, coordination with internal teams and MOD, acting as the HMT representative at ministerial evidence sessions, and developing recommendations to ministers
  • Acting as the deputy to the MOD Spending Principal, which will involve responding to ad hoc and urgent requirements from the Chancellor and Chief Secretary across all aspects of the MOD budget.
We are looking for someone with strong analytical and policy skills to take on this role. You will take on a wide-ranging brief, working with key HM Treasury teams and across the MOD. You'll be leading on key elements of spending control, fiscal events, and military workforce policy on behalf of HM Treasury, and will have responsibility for the fundamental underpinnings of the defence budget.

About You
The successful candidate will have strong analysis skills, drawing together relevant data and evidence, and making robust and well-evidenced conclusions. You will want to demonstrate how you have worked with environment. You will have the ability to work autonomously and adaptably, prioritising competing tasks, and balancing short- and long-term priorities. You’ll have strong communication skills, with an ability to persuade and influence others, including managing difficult stakeholders.

HM Treasury is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at developing policy that is reflective of the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

Some of the Benefits our people love!
  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the King’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant). Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
  • Generous parental and adoption leave packages
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions of 27%
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme and season ticket advances
  • 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)

For more information about the role and how to apply, please follow the apply link.

If you need any reasonable adjustments to take part in the selection process, please tell us about this in your online application form, or speak to the recruitment team at hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk