Finance Manager – Insurance (GR6)

Birmingham, West Midlands
£44,863 - £56,075
23 Oct 2020
19 Nov 2020
Local council
Contract Type
Full Time

Brighter. Bolder. Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council is the largest local authority in Europe – and we’re on the cusp of something truly special. With an annual spend of over £3billion we’re gearing up for major events such as the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the creation of HS2. Championing economic growth for the city, we’re determined to create a brighter future for all our citizens and at the heart of this ambition lies our Finance team. Join us and you won’t just improve life for 1.1 million people, you’ll help Birmingham become one of the world’s most successful, sustainable cities.

Our vision is for Finance to be a best-in-class function that’s agile, innovative and proactive, as well as diverse and inclusive. This is an incredibly exciting time for us; the opportunities for you to contribute and influence, to make bold and significant changes, are endless. As we change finance services to give customers more control and add value through data analytics and insight, you’ll be at the forefront of achievement and progress.

As the Finance Manager for our Insurance Services, you’ll assess risks faced by the Council and develop our insurance strategy. The goal? To provide the ideal balance of cover against cost. It’s no small feat: we have some £5.5bn of property to insure, total insurance premiums c£5.5m, significant levels of self-insurance and major capital and project developments underway.

A capable Finance Manager, you’ll be on top of the challenge and ready to deputise for the Head of City Finance. You’ll shape strategy, helping services to procure contracts and working closely with insurers, lawyers and claims handlers. You’ll also support and advice the Council’s external companies who procure their insurance arrangements through us. To help you, you’ll have a dedicated team, who’ll be looking to you for support, leadership and an organised workload. You must therefore be an experienced finance manager with tried and tested skills.

With a qualification in insurance or risk management (or equivalent experience), a role of this scale calls for an expert in insurance portfolio management. Highly motivated, you’ve advised at senior levels, worked successfully with partners and brought in change initiatives. With this background you’ll have the credibility to advise senior staff (both within the Council and our external companies), negotiate contracts for major projects and present high-level business documents. You’ll also help our teams deal with claims against the Council, supporting Counsel in legal hearings. To succeed, you’ll need to be caring and passionate about what you do and it’s just as important that you can work with all kinds of partners, ranging from brokers and loss adjustors, to the citizens of Birmingham. Articulate, resilient and politically smart, you’ll be a confident, trusted professional with business acumen and innate determination.  

This is more than your next finance role. It’s a chance to create a brighter, bolder Birmingham.

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Closing date: 19th November 2020

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