Finance Business Partner [OPEX]

Last updated 17 days ago
Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time


London, GB

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About Network Rail

We at Network Rail are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the candidate at the heart of everything we do!

Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day and we're empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

We're passionate about great service and we ask ourselves, what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? With this in mind, we pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. For more information about Network Rail click here.

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

Property is at the heart of delivery Network Rail's ambitions for the railway:"to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the 21st century" with our portfolio covering project support, workspaces, town planning, land strategy, and driving commercial income from retail, business space and developments in conjunction with commercial partners

Brief Description

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced business partner who will be able to work with the leadership team to deliver professional finance and accounting advise as well as proactive and value add finance support.

We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running and has strong background in business partnering and excel / analytical skills. Good presentation and communication skills will enable you to provide key business reporting and guidance to your stakeholders.

About the role (External)

A note from the Hiring Manager…

This is an exciting opportunity to join our friendly team who support each other in all aspects. This is a fantastic role where no day will be the same! You will be supported and guided as you create your own personal development plan as well as having opportunities to be involved with different projects along the way that will develop your skills and experiences.

What does the day to day look like?

Day to day you will be providing financial advice to senior budget holders to provide clear understanding of the period results and forecasts against budges so they can understand their business better which will enhance performance. This includes advice on financial results and forecasts such as period accruals, transfers and adjustments.

You will also be delivering business review reports, highlighting any issues / risks or improvement initiatives as well as using data / reporting to influence decision makers. This will include supporting with the management, development and production of business plans and budgets to enable good corporate governance and value add analysis for senior leaders.

In addition to the above, you will also manage corporate governance, conducting deep dives and reviewing compliance with financial regulations to protect the business from legal or negative consequences.

What essential skills and experiences are required?

    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

                      We would also like, but not essential.

                        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)

                              Vacancy Information

                              Vacancy Type: Secondment / FTC for 6 months.

                              Closing date: 23rd October 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

                              Interview date: From 2nd September 2020 - We will be shortlisting throughout the advertising period.

                              Band & Salary: 4C, £40,107 - £45,120

                              For information on how we recruit, please click here

                              What can we offer you?

                                28 days' annual leave + Bank holiday's, you can also buy/sell days each year

                                  Great pension schemes to choose from

                                    My Benefits - Discounted online shopping site

                                      A range of discounted offers including, childcare vouchers, Healthcareoffers - cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits.

                                        Annual 75% subsidy on train/underground season tickets

                                          Performance related pay schemes

                                          Discounts at stations with your Network Rail pass

                                            Flexible working

                                              Volunteer leave

                                                Opportunity to donate through charitable giving schemes

                                                  Training and development

                                                  Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                                                  Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check.In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                                                  It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.