Senior Finance Analyst – Staff Trajectory

Location: FlexibleSalary: £35,995-£39,369 | Closing date: 3 July 2022

Contract type: Fixed term appointment for 12 months with the possibility of becoming permanent

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours

Post number: 202568

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

This role will form a key part of a very close knit and motivated Business Finance Team (as part of the wider Finance team), in the provision and control of financial and budgetary information across NRW Activities, Funding streams and Corporate Objectives. This role will have specific focus on Staff Trajectory Budget Management and is pivotal in supporting the Business Finance Accountants with the NRW financial planning process for both current and future financial years. The role will also be key in satisfying our reporting commitments to Budget Managers and Heads of Business/Heads of Service. You will also provide advice and support to those managing the budgets ensuring that the forecasts are up to date and accurate and MyNRW properly reflects that position.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Support Budget Control Accountant in the provision of NRW level reporting on medium term and short term financial position and in year financial performance, aligning it to operational performance to the Board, Executive Team and WG.  
  • Support the Budget Control Accountant in the accurate reporting, control and co-ordination of 5-year financial position, budget setting, performance monitoring and in year resource allocation.
  • Assisting all Accountants in delivering effective and efficient Finance advice and guidance to Heads of Business/Service and Directorates.                 
  • Support Accountants on their role in advising Heads of Business and Service on 5-year financial position, budget setting, performance monitoring and in year resource allocation.
  • Ensure the control and accuracy of financial information held on MyNRW and Reports, including the development, maintenance and reporting of activity and funding stream information; liaising directly with all managers across NRW.
  • Advocate compliance with our Financial Scheme of Delegation, identifying and then either resolving or referring issues to the specialists for resolution.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Accounting Technician qualification or qualified by experience.
  2. Considerable Experience working within Finance environment at a technical level. 
  3. Knowledge of 'Managing Welsh Public Money' Principles & HMT's 'Classification of Receipts'.  
  4. Understand a wide range of our business and environmental activities.
  5. Knowledge and understanding of our Finance Scheme of Delegation with an ability to advise others.

Welsh language requirements:

Essential Level 1 – Able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.


Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills





  • Requirement to undertake a higher level of practical or technical task/work requiring specialist knowledge/expertise.  Experts in a range of subjects relating to their profession. 
  • Delivery of technical/specialist services will require gravitas in their subject area.
  • Objective advice to others on their knowledge and experience, keeping up to date with changes within  technical/specialist fields. Experience gained from different organisations/roles/functions.
  • Relevant substantial experience working in the relevant field. Ability to manage smaller, less complex programmes and/or manage projects on a larger scale.

Evaluation of Information




  • Interprets and understands the NRW operational delivery and strategy plans and it's wider context.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points to communicate to individuals at all levels and contributing to the development of policy.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements




  • Work guided by expected results but able to decide how best to achieve these.  Guidance may be provided by peers but there will likely be a need for some degree of judgment or creativity to be applied. There may be a requirement to alter  priorities due to conflicting demands. Objectives and targets will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.
  • May involve management of medium sized projects. Responsible for making independent decisions with input from line management and peers and an understanding of NRW policy and the range of options available and their potential implications for the business. Involved in the development of organisation policy and will have a level of autonomy in the implementation of organisational policy.
  • Decisions made could lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post-holder’s area of work. The consequence of taking wrong decisions could have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc. 
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters and the outcomes of some decisions may not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse. The impact of decisions is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and is likely to be medium term.




  • Moderate level of impact and influence, which is generally medium term in impact. 
  • Decisions and actions will influence others.
  • The  consequences of their decisions making/action will have a medium impact internally or externally. Identify or manage risks in their area of work.

Communication and Relationships with Others
















  • Ability to link with other roles across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. Interaction with others may also be with people and organisations external to NRW.
  • This will involve written and verbal communication, leading smaller, less complex projects, requiring persuasive skills. This may include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required.  There will be a requirement to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Post holders will typically produce less complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc. Content will contain a lower level of advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use and which is likely to have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Able to source information from multiple locations through research and apply professional judgment as to how the material should be interpreted; the impact of which is likely to be medium term in nature.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • weekly well-being hour to use at your choice

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Application form

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Application closing date: 3 July 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Andrea Morgan at or 03000 654212


Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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