The Financial Services Group advises the government on how to promote a stable and efficient financial services sector, to deliver excellent outcomes for consumers and business, enhance the UK’s position as a global hub for financial services and support economic growth across the country.
The financial services sector is important to the UK economy – providing significant numbers of jobs and making a large contribution to the UK’s economic output. It also provides essential services to individuals – for example, helping them to purchase goods with ease, buy their first home, and plan for their retirement. During the COVID pandemic, it played a critical role in supporting individuals and businesses – for example, in providing payment holidays for individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic and working with the government to deliver Bounce Back Loans.
We ensure that financial services businesses such as banks, investment firms, financial advisors and insurers are well-regulated. Ensuring firms treat customers fairly, customers have access to a range of financial services as a result of competition in the market, and there are appropriate remedies in place when things go wrong.
We work on a significant international agenda which includes promoting openness and trading links between the UK and countries all around the world, including through Free Trade Agreements and other international dialogues and negotiations. To do this we work closely with colleagues in offices overseas from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office and the Department for International Trade.
Working with stakeholders is key in Financial Services – for example, we work closely with the independent regulators to help them fulfil their roles, consult consumer groups on issues affecting them, and work with the sector on wider issues like the net-zero agenda.
Please review the Candidate FAQ document that is attached to the advert for guidance on how to complete your application.
Required Skills, Experience and Behaviours:
Outstanding leadership and management skills and experience, with the ability to motivate a high performing team and create and enhance capability in a fast-moving environment.
Strong experience and detailed understanding of international or financial services issues, with the ability to pick up complex concepts quickly, develop these into recommendations and communicate these with influence to senior stakeholders.
Excellent strategic thinking skills, with the ability to spot opportunities, establish a vision and bring senior officials on board.
Proven partner engagement and influencing skills and track record of delivering with senior partners through collaboration.
For your application, please send us a CV and a personal statement setting out how you meet the following skills, behaviours and experience. This should be no longer than 1000 words, and include no more than 250 words on each criteria above