Senior Finance Business Partner

Last updated 10 days ago
Location:Swindon
Job Type:Full Time

Location

Swindon, GB

Department Name

DN Route Finance Director (338295) G5

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


Brief Description

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

As a Senior Finance Business Partner you will be responsible for business partnering with senior stakeholder's across property and the wider regional team, to proactively identify, plan and meet the finance needs of the business in order to improve business performance, in coordination with other members of the wider finance team as required. To positively challenge Senior Leaders, budgets and business activities to enable the best business outcomes are delivered.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities


  1. Consolidate, critically review and provide technical advice and guidance on periodic financial results and forecasts to Identify and monitor risks, opportunities and efficiencies to minimise the financial and legal impact on the business area (including income, opex and property sales).

  2. Provide robust professional recommendations and financial guidance on accounting guidelines and standards to enable the business to be financially and legally compliant.

  3. Provide technical and professional oversight of the periodic accounts, relevant analysis and preparation of business plans and budgets to enable the business to make effective decisions.

  4. Develop, understand and influence the cost and income drivers relevant to the business area to deliver the yearly business plan and manage to the overall settlement by effective decision making.

  5. Business Partnering senior budget holders in understanding the impact of their period results and forecasts against budgets in order to manage their business more effectively and manage within budgeting limits.

  6. Proactively challenge budget holders plans and budget submissions to understand the overall plan, providing advice and new initiatives to save costs and be more efficient as an organisation.

  7. Drive, adapt and deliver key KPI'S and deliverables for the function, highlighting any significant issues and trends with financial and other business results to aid decision makers to make efficiencies.

  8. Lead in budget holder key meetings on financial performance to provide professional financial advice and guidance to drive business decisions, minimise risk and deliver good corporate governance.

  9. Develop, drive and implement investment decisions and new business activities, working collaboratively with senior leaders to explore new opportunities and drive business performance.


Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


Essential


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

  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills all levels. This should include Customers; 3rd party representatives, other business & functional leaders and key support personnel.

  • Successful relevant experience working in a complex financial environment including demonstrable experience in managing business risks, professional financial control and forward planning.

  • Demonstrable record of budget management, governance and ability to understand and interpret commercial and financial landscapes (budgets, forecasts, actual status).

  • Significant experience in managing ambiguity in a financial environment with strong evaluation and decision-making skills.

  • Excellent technical Financial and Accounting knowledge and application of that knowledge in a complex and commercial environment.

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline, for example accounting and finance, business management or equivalent demonstrable experience in finance

    Desirable

  • Full membership of relevant post graduate professional body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW)

  • Experience of Oracle based systems

  • Substantial experience within multiple finance disciplines

  • Knowledge and technical expertise of Government accounting and relevant financial governance

  • Understanding of project management principles and experience of managing complex projects to successful conclusion.


How to apply (External)


Salary: Band.3.C/ £51,156- £57,551


Closing date: 18th January 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.


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