Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Thames Valley
Band SMG, circa £85,979 per annum, plus benefits
Full Time - All roles are available for flexible working including job sharing and part-time unless there are legitimate operational / business reasons why this cannot be accommodated

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Thames Valley. 

Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan Force in England and Wales, covering the counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire and serving a population of in excess of 2 million.  The Force is continuing to evolve and invest as we shape ourselves for the future. 

The purpose of this role is to act as the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC’s) statutory Section 151 (Local Government Act 1972) chief finance officer and lead advisor to the PCC on strategic financial planning, management, policy matters and all financial aspects of corporate governance, and to be the person responsible (under Schedule 1 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011) for the proper administration of the PCC’s financial affairs.  The post-holder is a key member of the PCC’s Strategic Management Group (SMG). 

The successful candidate will have:

  • A professional accountancy qualification with relevant knowledge of public sector accounting and financial management practices and legislative requirements.
  • The ability to communicate complex technical and financial information to a non-technical audience.
  • Experience of working at senior manager level, with direct practical experience of staff leadership and management, and advising board-level decision-making to help achieve the best use of finite corporate resources.
  • Practical knowledge and experience of legislative requirements and best practice concerning public sector governance and accountability requirements.
  • Previous experience of being the public face of an organisation. 

Please note that a full UK driving licence is considered essential for this role. 

In return, you’ll be joining an organisation that truly values its people, reflected in our range of excellent benefits, positive culture and flexible working opportunities. 

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum, pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link. 

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Team at quoting reference 18696. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible. 

Please use Google Chrome when completing your application, wherever possible, as this will enhance performance. 

The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 13th February 2022.

Thames Valley Police is a local organisation. Our legitimacy and connection to our communities benefits from a workforce employed mainly from the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. We value the unique and vital importance of face-to-face working, while acknowledging the benefits of appropriate remote working, to productivity, diversity, wellbeing and the environment. In every decision about working practices, public service and performance will always be the uppermost considerations.

To ensure fairness, the entitlement to remote working for our people will be agreed on a role-by-role basis. The feasibility of this may vary by function, team and department according to the nature of the work, the impact on public service and the relevant employment market. We value the diversity of our workforce and individual need will be appropriately considered.

We expect staff and officers in all roles to have some regular face-to-face contact with each other, including working from the workplace. Many operational roles will continue to require full-time working from our estate and in the field. There will remain an expectation for individuals to attend the workplace as required for their role and as determined by their line manager and the organisation.


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website,

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via:  

Click here to read more about our commitment to valuing difference.

This opportunity is closed to applications.