Help to Buy Policy and Commercial Adviser (Range D)

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About HM Treasury 

The Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.


About the Group

Financial Services Group
The Financial Services Group promotes a stable and efficient financial services sector that supports growth in the UK economy and promotes good outcomes for consumers and businesses, by:

• Promoting growth in the UK economy across all sectors and regions by ensuring financial services operate efficiently and competitively.

• Supporting macroeconomic stability by ensuring that UK, EU and international regulation reduces risk of financial and wider macroeconomic instability.

• Prioritising good outcomes for consumers and businesses through appropriate regulatory reform, effective competition and better informed consumers.


About the Team

The Banking and Credit Team
The Banking and Credit (BAC) team is a high-profile, friendly and supportive team with interests across a range of financial services issues. The team leads the Treasury’s policy work on retail banking, mortgages, business lending, payment services, building societies and mutuals and the Government’s strategy for competition in financial services.  The team works closely with a large number of Treasury teams (in the Financial Services and Financial Stability Groups, the Fiscal Group and the Growth Unit), other government departments and with a wide range of external stakeholders, including all the major banks.


Key accountabilities

This Help to Buy Range D post is intended to be diverse and challenging to the individual. The post includes a combination of management of government schemes, core HMT policy responsibilities as well as experience and skill building on project and stakeholder management.

HMT has diverse and wide ranging development policy interests as an economics and finance ministry. The responsibilities of the post are likely to shift over time to flexibly manage workload and respond to evolving events.

Key accountabilities include:


1. Manage scheme operations to successfully deliver the Treasury’s Help to Buy: ISA and Mortgage Guarantee schemes. Work with internal Treasury teams, other government departments, the administrator, banks and building societies to support the government’s home ownership agenda.

2. Manage project products and oversee payment management to facilitate the success of the programmes by working across Treasury finance, audit and commercial functions. Develop a detailed understanding of the service to monitor scheme performance, IT and operational delivery. Manage project deliverables against timelines, objectives and goals. Oversee the work of a student economist for payment management, delivering this to a strict deadline.

3. Organise, maintain and manage the Help to Buy governance structure to oversee the schemes and leverage these forums to achieve Treasury priorities. Hold weekly calls, monthly boards and quarterly senior meetings to monitor performance and scheme delivery. Look forward to assess risks, manage issues proactively and mitigate policy and operational challenges as they arise.

4. Manage the policy of both schemes, assess the savings and mortgage markets and ensure the schemes meet core objectives. Work with other Treasury policy teams and other government departments to contribute to housing/savings policy and advice. Provide briefing and advice to senior officials and Ministers on key Help to Buy issues.

5. Develop and maintain a close relationship with National Savings and Investments, the administrators of the Treasury’s Help to Buy schemes. Use those relationships to effectively scrutinise the work of the administrator, ensuring that a good service is delivered to HMT and the public at all times.

6. Contract manage agreements by assessing performance against service levels and agreement obligations for scheme success. Consider the impact of service change and utilise agreement control mechanisms to maintain performance, mitigate service risk and forecast future trends.

7. Use a commercial outlook to assess spend proposals, review financial models to deliver value for money outcomes. Lead business cases for proposed investments, evaluating options and scrutinising cost in line with Managing Public Money and Treasury Green Book principles.

8. Draft correspondence, Treat officials, Ministerial Correspondence and Parliamentary questions.

9. Lead the release of Help to Buy: ISA quarterly official statistics and payment forecasting in coordination with other groups in the Treasury and other government departments (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Office for Budget Responsibility). Provide guidance to a student economist within the branch to produce the reports and scheme data to firm deadlines.




There may also be the opportunity for the post holder to assist with other branches in the Banking and Credit team, gaining exposure and experience on a number of policy areas.






The successful candidate will be able to work with autonomy in their areas of responsibility, and will need to operate flexibly to manage workload across the branch.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be assessed against the following criteria:
Behaviours (Making effective decisions, Communicating and influencing, Working together, Developing self and others, Managing a quality service, Delivering at pace)


Sift criteria

Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.


Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:

1. Ability to analyse a range of information and evaluate evidence to make decisions (making effective decisions)

2. Ability to establish effective relationships with stakeholders who have different roles and perspectives (working together)

3. Ability to work independently and deliver on a wide variety of priorities simultaneously (managing a quality service)

4. Ability to provide concise, clear briefings to colleagues and senior members of staff (communicating and influencing)

5. Experience managing a wide range of stakeholders to achieve organisational goals and deliverables.

The lead criteria is: Experience managing a wide range of stakeholders to achieve organisational goals and deliverables.

If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

Complaints Procedure

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of recruitment based on fair and open competition with decisions made on the basis of merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email:
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.


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