Finance Business Partner

Location: Durham
Job Reference:AM/76593
Salary:£25,000k - £40,000k base + exceptional benefits and Remote working

Key responsibilities:

As Finance Business Partner, you will provide strong financial support, incl. the preparation of monthly management accounts, supporting with budgets and providing financial analysis.

  • Ensuring there is effective budgetary control by taking full responsibility of producing monthly management accounts for an allocated region. Reviewing and reporting variances, whilst also challenging budget holders to maintain control over their budgets.
  • Supporting the Regional Finance Manager in the development of routine budgets and reforecasts and to provide high quality and consistent financial advice, training, and support to budget holders.
  • Supporting the finance management team in delivering excellent financial services.


Production of management accounts and other financial information:

  • To produce and distribute accurate, timely monthly management accounts to budget holders, ensuring that appropriate finance support is provided to budget holders and operational staff. Producing a written report regarding overall performance of the region, highlighting, and discussing any variances against budget.
  • To produce other financial information as required by the Senior Finance Business Partner or budget holders.
  • Ensure that all relevant control accounts are regularly reconciled, and reconciling items cleared on a timely basis.
  • To review on a monthly basis the management accounts and discuss any variances with the budget holders.
  • To support the production of the annual audit file for external auditors and deal with queries raised by the external auditors.

Budgeting and Project Planning:

  • To support high quality budgetary control by producing robust annual budgets and reforecasts. This will involve regular review meetings with budget holders and relevant members of management team to review financial performance.
  • To ensure that there is appropriate first line support and training to budget holders in the production of the annual budgets and reforecasts. Ensure that there is appropriate constructive challenge to ensure that budgets submitted are robust and reasonable.
  • Ensure that budget holders are provided with appropriate financial analysis and guidance to undertake the annual budgeting exercise.
  • Prepare an overall analysis of the proposed budget for review by the Assistant Director of Finance and Director of Finance.
  • To provide financial support to the operational management team regarding budgets for funding applications, tenders and project planning proposals, including the evaluation of new business initiatives.

Other Responsibilities:

  • To assist the Director of Finance and Assistant Director of Finance in delivering excellent financial services.
  • To identify and highlight key risks and contribute to the development of controls and actions to mitigate against the risks.
  • To ensure that key finance policies are understood and complied with by colleagues.
  • To perform regular reviews of financial processes to ensure effective systems and procedures are in place to support good financial controls and reduce the administrative burden on operational teams.
  • The above list of duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

The Candidate:

The successful Finance Business Partner will be/have:

  • CAB Qualified, working towards or willing to work towards a professional qualification (AAT/ACA/CIMA/ACCA), or qualified by experience.
  • OPEN on industry background, we will also consider candidates who are looking for a move from Practice.
  • Proven recent experience of providing management accounts, other financial analysis, and commentary to inform business decision-making.
  • Comfortable partnering with budget holders
  • You will have an inquiring and analytical mind with excellent numeracy skills, diligence, and time management skills.
  • Great if you have any exposure to Sun systems, but not essential. An experienced user and well-developed skills using Excel , Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Be self-motivated and use own initiative to (vlookups. Sumifs, pivot tables, formulas).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate finance issues effectively
  • Ability to work autonomously and maintain ongoing areas of responsibility.

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