Senior Finance Business Partner

Chelmsford, Essex
£50,000 - £61,000
31 Jan 2018
04 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Essex County Council is one of the largest, most reputable local authorities in the UK. Not only is it one of the largest, but it is one of the most dynamic, with a strong reputation for innovation and is a £2 billion organisation positively embracing change. By 2020, given Local Government reforms, we aim to be both self-financing and self-sufficient. It’s a significant change and a huge challenge. We’re committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. In turn we offer a great central location which is easily accessible to all road and rail links plus we’re immensely proud of our flexible working options. We don’t just want to make Essex County Council the best it can be, we are passionate about better lives for people in Essex.

The opportunity

As a financial expert and strategic leader, in this role you’ll be delivering support and guidance to all levels of management and politicians across a range of complex projects. You’ll be able to use your depth of knowledge, passion and understanding to influence key stakeholders and drive efficiency and cost improvements, while providing strategic advice and direction. You’ll be accountable for all the financial aspects of medium-term business planning and you’ll help drive the delivery of complex projects that sit across the organisation.

About you

You’ll be CCAB qualified with a minimum of two years post qualification experience and evidence of your continuing professional development. You’ll have experience of financial management in a large, complex organisation, ideally the public sector, and provide great advice to use as a platform for influence and change. We want people who are connected and networked – who are curious to find new approaches and bring innovation to their service in the pursuit of better value and outcomes. You’ll need to show evidence of your direct influence in improving financial systems and of being able to evaluate and support the financial need of long term, large scale projects. You’ll have a passion for making a difference and demonstrate significant experience of influencing multi-disciplinary teams. Communication skills are essential in this role as you’ll be working across organisational boundaries with both internal and external partners. Plus we understand that life sometimes doesn’t always go according to plan and that there are times where work has to fit around you, which is why we are committed to ensuring flexible working options across all of our business units.

About us

At Essex County Council we have a vision to be a county where innovation brings prosperity and we are dedicated to improving the lives of our residents. With a total workforce of around 7,500, Essex County Council is one of the largest county councils in the country and we truly believe our greatest asset is our people. They are fundamentally key to our current and future success.


We offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. It’s important to us that you have a healthy work/life balance, which is why we offer flexible working solutions. The package also includes a great central location, which is easily accessible to all road and rail links, a clear career path which will encourage gifted, committed individuals to grow with the opportunity for progression and promotion, a local government pension scheme, annual leave of up to 29 days per year, discounted shopping and much more.


To find out more information and apply, please click the apply button.

All candidates will be expected to attend an open evening in London on 22nd of March. 

To see all of the current vacancies within the finance function of Essex County Council please visit the Working for Essex website.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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