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Finance Business Partner

London Borough of Lewisham
£48,576 - £50,559 per annum (PO6)
Closing date
24 Oct 2021

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Lewisham is a values-led Council - We’re proud to be the UK’s first Borough of Sanctuary, which recognises our values of inclusion and equality. It’s our people that make it so special. We’ve got strong communities and we’re one of the most diverse boroughs in the country. Lewisham is also a cultural hotbed, and we’re excited to be the London Borough of Culture next year.

How we recover post pandemic will be a challenge for all of Local Government, but we must look beyond simply “recovering” to the pre-pandemic state – recovery alone would ingrain the inequities that existed beforehand. Through effective financial management, turning how we deliver services on its head through the lens of our residents and communities, Finance will play a pivotal role in what we do and how we do it; working in collaboration with colleagues to create efficient and sustainable change that ultimately improves outcomes for our residents.

Of course we face significant challenges too, and we’re looking for committed and resilient finance professionals who are passionate about local government and who pride themselves in driving through whole-system improvement, to take on these roles. From delivering our transformation programmes, continuing to balance the budget through to supporting our ambitious capital investment aspirations for Catford and wider across the borough there is a wealth of opportunity for people joining our team.

Finance is one of the key enablers of how we deliver our Corporate Plan and the Future Lewisham programme.

If you share our values and believe you have what we’re looking for, we look forward to hearing from you. Please also take a look at the dedicated site for more information on the exciting changes in finance in Lewisham:

The role
Finance Business Partner - Financial Planning, Research and Projects

This role is vital to the sustainability of the Council’s finances and will provide technical and professional advice to senior officers on the Council’s medium term financial planning responsibilities including the implications of both revenue and capital expenditure, Collection Fund accounting, budget setting; budget management; statutory accounting information; and procurement.

The successful candidate will assume responsibility for the provision of a high quality financial research function providing professional advice to senior managers across the Council in relation to the anticipated financial impacts of existing regulatory requirements and any proposed changes, including to service provision where this is expected to have financial implications.

They will also provide senior financial project support for change activities across all Council services. This includes carrying out or leading on time-limited projects or tasks to deliver specific improvements.

Another key element of this role is the setting out of the parameters for changes to financial cash limits over time to determine the need for, and apportionment of, proposals for change.

Laurence House, Catford – part remote based

What we’re looking for
The successful candidate will have the following skills, experience and attitude:

  • Evidence of a strong intellectual grasp of local government policy and finance.
  • Strong knowledge of management accounting techniques over income and expenditure items and substantial experience of working in a management accounting environment within a large public or private sector organisation.                        
  • A clear understanding of current challenges and opportunities in local government.
  • Able to prioritise, and provide clear guidance including the establishment and maintenance of a performance management culture.
  • Assertive and strong communication skills with excellent listening skills together with persuasive analytical skills who is able to write reports and briefings.      
  • Ability to act and think strategically, translating this into deliverables whilst reconciling corporate and strategic objectives.
  • Evidence of understanding effective performance measures and performance improvement programme in the delivery of services.
  • CCAB Qualified Accountant with substantial experience of working in a dynamic environment within a large public or private sector organisation.  

In return, we’ll offer excellent development opportunities, plus a range of benefits that includes a career average pension scheme, flexible working and the opportunity to make a real difference to our local community.

Salary details
£48,576 - £50,559 per annum (PO6)

N.B: All appointments will be offered at the minimum spinal column point (SCP) for the grade of the role. The only exception to this will be when matching current salary (up to the maximum of the scale), which is subject to evidential proof.

Further information
For an informal discussion, please contact Katharine Nidd on 020 8314 6651 or

Please also take a look at the dedicated site for more information on the exciting changes in finance in Lewisham:m

Lewisham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

We value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds.

To find out more, including a full job description and person specification, and to apply, please visit and search council vacancies

Closing date
Sunday 24 October 2021, 11:59pm
Interview Dates: Monday and Tuesday 1 and 2 November 2021 

The Council reserves the right to close adverts early if there is a large response.

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Lewisham today is a successful and cosmopolitan part of London, home to energetic, creative and diverse local communities. The borough is currently undergoing its biggest regeneration transformation in more than a century, with new and reinvigorated schools, leisure and health facilities, homes, public spaces and town centres on their way.

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