Finance Lead - Business Partner / Senior Finance Business Partner

Location
Sutton Civic Offices and Kingston Guildhall Offices
Salary
See Job Description
Posted
29 Jan 2018
Closes
19 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
  • Finance Lead - Business Partner - Grade 8 - £31,998 - £39,147 per annum (£41,025 unconsolidated maximum, achievable through performance-related progression)
  • Senior Finance Business Partner - Grade 10 - £46,608 - £54,480 per annum (£56,496 unconsolidated maximum, achievable through performance-related progression)

Full-time, 36 hours per week

Permanent contracts, multiple roles available

Location - Sutton Civic Offices and Kingston Guildhall Offices

About us

In April 2017 the London Borough of Sutton and the Royal Borough of Kingston launched an exciting new Shared Finance Service. Our ambition is to ‘Add Value, Inspire Success’ and we currently have a number of exciting opportunities for capable and positive individuals who are ready to join us in realising this ambition.

About the roles

We’re looking for two Finance Lead - Business Partners and two Senior Finance Business Partners to join our

Finance Engagement and Advice section of the Shared Finance Service.

For the Finance Lead - Business Partner role you will support at least one of the service areas of the Councils, and will partner and collaborate with colleagues across the Shared Finance Service to provide seamless finance support to our customers. You will provide financial management support and advice to service areas across the core financial cycle of budget setting, budget monitoring and closing of the accounts.

You will act as a critical friend to the business and provide insightful financial analysis to support business improvement and change. You will also need to support the provision of advice and guidance to service managers in setting their detailed budgets. In addition, you will work very closely with the Senior Finance Business Partners and the Team Leader to ensure financial, activity and performance management information is aligned and reported on a timely basis. A flexible approach to work is crucial.

For the Senior Finance Business Partner role you will be responsible for working in partnership with service areas, providing constructive challenge and recommendations to senior leaders in Kingston and Sutton Councils. You will ensure high quality of financial management, delivering useful insights and translating business intelligence into business success.

A key focus of the role will be providing strategic financial support, challenge and advice to Governance Boards and transformational project boards and act as Lead Finance Officer on a number of project teams as required. You will ensure that the change initiatives are provided with financial modelling support, highlighting the financial impact to the wider organisation.

You will support the core financial processes and activities, including financial planning and budgeting, financial management and monitoring activities, and financial year end processes. You will also motivate and provide day-to-day support to the Finance Lead - Business Partners, including feedback on performance and coaching to develop skills and knowledge, working closely with the Team Leader under a matrix management arrangement.

About you

For the Finance Lead - Business Partner role you must have direct experience of supporting managers in fulfilling their budget management responsibilities, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to both finance and non-finance staff is vital. You will have excellent team working and influencing skills, excellent IT skills are a must (including Microsoft Excel and Google Apps), and have the ability to learn quickly how to use the Councils’ finance system Agresso. You will have a positive and proactive attitude and take personal responsibility for delivering high quality financial services that support our stakeholders to achieve success.

For the Senior Finance Business Partner role you will likely be a qualified accountant (CIPFA, CIMA, MBA etc) or have demonstrable equivalent experience of operating at that level. Experience of working within a business partnering model and/or the ability to demonstrate an awareness of what is required to deliver the outcomes of the model is essential.

You will also be a positive and proactive leader who motivates those around you and takes personal responsibility for delivering high quality financial services that support our stakeholders to achieve success.

Our offer

We can offer you a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged here in Sutton and Kingston, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.

In addition we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly from our Sutton and Kingston Offices, whilst on the move, and at home following the introduction of Google Chromebooks and Google Apps, which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working.

We also offer a huge variety of staff benefits including:

  • 27 days (for Finance Lead - Business Partner role) / 31 days (for Senior FInance Business Partner role) annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Flexi-time (applicable to Finance Lead - Business Partner role only)
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Subsidised gym membership

Interested?

You can find out more about our Shared Finance Service, our team and structure, and working for us on our

website - www.suttonandkingstonfinancejobs.co.uk

Please apply online by uploading your CV and a supporting statement outlining why you would be a great fit for this role, and what skills, experience and knowledge you can bring. Please ensure you refer to the job profile (insert link here) when completing your supporting statement.

Closing date for applications - Monday 19th February 2018

Open evening - Week commencing 5th / 12th February 2018 - exact details to be confirmed, please register your interest to attend via our website - https://www.suttonandkingstonfinancejobs.co.uk/apply

Interview date(s) - To be confirmed

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