Finance Business Partner

Last updated 7 hours ago
Job Type:Full Time


Dstl Porton Down, Dstl Portsdown West

About the job


Dstl's Finance team delivers essential expertise to an organisation which delivers vital Science and Technology research and advice to Government Defence and Security. If you are qualified, experienced and want to join our high performing and well-motivated team then we want to hear from you.

You will be a qualified and dedicated finance professional with experience of working with non-finance colleagues to steer and influence the business and drive and implement improvements to the way we work and the value we bring to the business.

You will ensure the Division Head, and their management team, have the appropriate financial information and support to enable decision-making in order to deftly conduct their roles. You will provide financial direction and mentorship for planning and implementation of the divisions’ activities and support continuous improvement. You will also be the line manager for a local finance team.

We offer a modern working environment, interesting work and the opportunity to make a real difference to the role of finance in a business which is vital to the future Defence and Security needs of the nation.

Recently our Finance team won the Ministry of Defence team of the year and now we're ready to build on this success as our organisation moves into an exciting new phase.

Job description

In this role you will:
The Business Partner role is flexible and diverse meaning you could be involved in a variety of activities. These are some of the key areas you’ll be focusing on:
  • Providing professional contribution on behalf of the finance function to one or more directorates that is timely, accurate and adds value, ensuring that strategic intent is maintained.
  • Enabling informed and effective financial and business decision-making by ensuring that financial support provided by yourself and management accounting team is timely, accessible and of good quality.
  • Continuously improving service delivery through feedback from our customers.
  • Providing support in the preparation of budgets and forecasts including authoritative financial advice on the impacts of changing requirements and targets.
  • Delivering required financial and other management information to corporate centre in line with published timetables and ad hoc requirements.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with internal and external customers and partners.
  • Providing quality oversight and assurance of financial information, actively encouraging innovation and improvement both within the finance community and with wider influence.
  • Identifying and support improvements to business processes, considering organisation effectiveness and not just short term savings.
  • Improve financial awareness of Senior Management, leadership roles and project managers within Dstl and MOD.
  • Ensuring knowledge flow through the organisation and to ensure professional finance discipline.
  • Deliver appropriate awareness training to non-finance staff in key leadership and management roles.
  • Maintain an effective, engaged, motivated and balanced team.
  • Ensuring the finance team maintains its objectivity, impartiality, independence and integrity in adhering to professional code of ethics, applicable accounting and reporting standards and other corporate policy/guidelines.


We are looking for someone who can:
  • Influence the strategic direction and decisions of our divisional leadership community;
  • Provide line management, technical and professional leadership to the finance members in their team;
  • Work with colleagues from other disciplines to support and advise local business unit management teams;
  • Effectively communicate and present financial issues, impacts and opportunities to your area of the business

  • For this role you will be professionally qualified through CIMA or other CCAB body.

  • Up to 3 years post qualification experience.

A career path that can demonstrate effective delivery of:
  • Excellent management accounting skills;
  • Complex financial analysis and preparation of budgets, forecasts and corporate planning assumptions;
  • Understanding the financial and commercial risks of the business;
  • Influencing without line management authority and building strong relationships with senior colleagues;
  • Pricing structures and a good understanding of Microsoft Excel;
  • Undertaking financial analysis quickly and accurately;
  • Working to tight deadlines;
  • Investment appraisal expertise;
  • Understanding current reporting/presentation tools and techniques.

  • Awareness of government accounting and Managing Public Money;
  • Knowledge of MODs Annual Budget Cycle process;
  • Understanding of Strategic Partnering/Outsourcing Contracts


Accredited to a professional accounting body


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing


We'll provide a great range of benefits including:

Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
Flexible Working hours, a rolling 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
Chartership and accreditation support.
Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
A competitive salary.
Onsite gyms and restaurants.
Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

DSTL recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.
These include the following:
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
  • Faith and Culture Network
  • Parents and Carer Support Network
  • Alternative Working Network
  • Gender Equality Network
  • New Starters Network
  • Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

For further information about DSTL please check out our LinkedIn page

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Sift will take place week commencing 23rd November, with interviews taking place week commencing 7th December 2020.

With the current nationwide restrictions on travel and public gatherings we will have video interviewing will be available for a behaviour and technical interviews. Further details will be sent to you should you be successful at sift.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

Your application will be assessed by the hiring manager matching the evidence you have provided in your CV against the criteria in the vacancy details and the attached job description. Those who score the highest mark will be invited to come to an interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :Name : Julie BromilowEmail : : 01980 952581 Recruitment team :Email :

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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