Senior Finance Business Partner

Last updated 22 days ago
Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time


Romford, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail is revitalising Britain's railway! From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project- to investment in amazing stations and major programmes of electrification, we're delivering some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

Brief Description

We're looking for a Senior Finance Business Partner to work as an integral member of supported business senior leadership team, to proactively identify, plan and meet the finance needs of the business in order to improve business performance, in coordination with members of the wider finance team. You'll positively challenge Senior Leaders, budgets and business activities to enable the best business outcomes are delivered.

About the role (External)

Every day, you'll be involved in activities such as:

  • Consolidate, review and provide advice and guidance on periodic financial results and forecasts to identify and monitor risks, opportunities and efficiencies to minimise the financial and legal impact.

  • Provide recommendations on accounting guidelines and standards to ensure compliancy.

  • Provide oversight of the periodic accounts, relevant analysis and preparation of business plans and budgets to make financial decisions.

  • Develop, understand and influence the cost and income drivers to deliver the yearly business plan and lead the overall settlement.

  • Influence, coach and challenge senior budget holders in understanding the impact of their period results and forecasts against budgets to run their business more effectively and manage within budgeting limits.

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

  • Drive, adapt and deliver results for the function, highlighting any issues and trends with financial and other business results to aid decision makers to make efficiencies.

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

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

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • Membership of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW)

  • Excellent partner engagement and communication skills at all levels

  • Successful relevant experience working in a sophisticated financial environment including; 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

  • Experience in large capital project accounting experience and understanding of project management principles

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

Whilst it's not essential, we'd love it if you have:

  • Experience of Oracle based systems

  • Substantial experience within multiple finance fields

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

How to apply (External)

Network Rail encourages 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 relevant 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 home life.

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 dedication to safety in their application!

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

Network Rail is required to follow UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check.

We follow a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: Band 3C; £51,156 to £57,551. Closing date: 28 February 2021.