Finance Business Partner

Job Type:Full Time


Gravesend, GB

Department Name

Southern Region

About Network Rail

We have an exciting opportunity within Network Rail High Speed for a permanent vacancy for a Finance Business Partner (Band 4C).

Network Rail High Speed is a subsidiary of NRIL giving individuals end to end ownership of the accounts. Working in a commercial environment, the role has direct interface with the client (High Speed One Limited).

This is a great opportunity to showcase and develop your communication and presentation skills along with learning all about how the only 'High Speed' network in the country functions. Combining your management accounting skills with experience in client interfaced environment, you will be able to experience the pride associated with running the country's only high speed rail network.

This role will be essentially business partnering the Maintenance and Operations organisations within High Speed Route.

This role is based in Singlewell which is located near to Ebbsfleet, just 17mins outside of London on the High Speed line from St. Pancras.

Brief Description

To work with the supported business leadership team, under the direction of the Financial Controller/Senior Finance Business Partner, to deliver professional finance and accounting advise.

Provides proactive, value add finance support to the business leaders across the function/route.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities -

1.Lead and provide financial advice and guidance to senior budget holders in understanding the impact of the period results and forecasts against budges so they can understand their business better.

2.Be the expert in the function on accounting practices and advise on financial results and forecasts for budget holders, including preparing period accruals, transfers and adjustments to validate accounts are reflective, relevant.

3.Manage corporate governance throughout the cost centres they manage, conducting deep dives and reviewing compliance with financial regulations to protect the business from legal or negative consequences.

4.Deliver expert and accurate business review information and reporting, and highlight any significant issues with financial and other business results to enable informed decision making by the business area.

5.Engage and influence senior members of the team to help them understand their financial position and use professional expertise to guide in initiatives to improve business performance

6.Build bottom up, detailed plans to manage and develop the production of business plans and budgets to enable good corporate governance and value add analysis for senior leaders

7.Identify and proactively manage commercial risks, including the financial suitability of new customers or suppliers reducing the potential risk impact on the business area and influencing decision makers.

8.Manage the performance of central accounting functions to deliver for the cost centre area to enable an efficiently and effective accounting service.

9.Collate, investigate and make recommendation for investment appraisals and business case analysis to aid business decisions.

10.Model and analyse cost base and identify and drive opportunities and efficiencies to achieve area targets.


    Demonstrate strong understanding of business needs and relevant application of accounting standards

      Membership (Or working towards a membership) of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA) or equivalent experience

        Expert knowledge and experience of creating and maintaining accounts and annual budget

          Significant experience within relevant finance disciplines

            Strong excel skills and use of data manipulation

              Strong interpersonal and communication skills

                Ability to interpret technical accounting regulations into everyday language

                  Demonstrable effective influencing skills at a senior level

                    Significant understanding of financial control and risk

                      Excellent technical finance and accounting knowledge


                        Understanding of project management principles and experience of managing complex projects

                          Membership of a relevant accounting body

                            Extensive experience of Oracle based systems

                              Degree or equivalent qualification in finance and accounting or business management or experience

                              How to apply (External)

                              Salary: £40,107 - £45,120
                              Closing date: 04 June 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
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