Services Business Partner (Housing)

Harlow Council
Civic Centre
£41,881 to £43,857 per annum
Closing date
11 Nov 2021

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Harlow is a great place to live and work, being ideally located on the London Liverpool Street to Stansted/Cambridge rail line, and only four miles from the M25. Harlow is at the forefront of a significant growth agenda in the heart of the UK Innovation Corridor, an area recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing regions. As a key member of the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town partnership, Harlow Council is driving forward an ambitious vision to not only generate growth within the town, but to effect a transformation not seen since its birth as a New Town. The town’s successful Enterprise Zone which includes the Harlow Innovation Park continues to grow with new state of the art workspaces being created to maximise the benefits of its unique location and opportunities.

The Service Business Partner – Housing is one of two Service Business Partner positions within the Finance Team. The post holder will be responsible for actively managing, informing and monitoring key financial data and information to ensure that financial management is maintained to the highest standard across a range of services. Services are delivered through an advisory led, business partnering model designed to support service managers in achieving their service goals within agreed finance policies. Active finance system development and reporting is required to enable effective service support.

Collaborative working with other members of the Finance Team and all other staff is essential to ensure that issues are identified and addressed, liaising with Finance Leaders as required, achieving service standards, goals and balance of risks.

The budget areas supported by this role will flex to maintain balance across the team, but this role will focus on support for the Housing Revenue Account, General Fund Housing, Harlow Trading Services (HTS) transactions and relationship. You will provide high quality professional advisory, analytical and reporting services to the Council, service managers and customers focussed on the achievement of value for money whilst ensuring that financial management is maintained to the highest standard across Council services. You will be required to support and advise services to ensure the adoption of appropriate financial policies and strategies is achieved.

Key functions of this exciting role will involve managing team resources to meet service and customer requirements, ensuring coverage of services during peak and leave periods, ensuring effective separation of duties. The post holder will be responsible for providing comprehensive revenue and capital accounting support for allocated services, focused on budget preparation and monitoring, closure of accounts and provision of financial support to services areas. You will represent Finance and the s151 officer through attendance at meetings, providing support for projects, in the provision of advice, modelling and contribution to / creation of reports for Cabinet and Senior Management Board. It will be important for the provision of training for service users to be made available and delivered as required.

Close and collaborative working with other members of the Finance Team and staff across the Council is essential to ensure that issues are identified, solutions developed, agreed and implemented, liaising with senior staff and Councillors as required, achieving service standards, goals and balance of risks  A motivation for and experience of engaging with colleagues to facilitate the improvement and development of finance systems and reporting is required to enable effective service support to managers through a user self-service model.

To be successful in the role you should either be a CCAB qualified accountant or a part qualified CCAB accountant and be actively studying towards the fully qualification, with detailed knowledge and experience obtained within a similar role, preferably within the public sector or local government, experience of staff management and a demonstrable record of completed projects within a time pressured environment is essential.

This will be an exciting and challenging role working in a dynamic and supportive team which will provide exceptional opportunities for the right candidate to apply their initiative, to design systems’ improvements and to be involved in a highly-regarded central function of the Council.

We are a modern, forward thinking organisation offering agile working styles to give ultimate flexibility and work-life balance. We offer an attractive remuneration package including generous annual leave, professional fees and career average revalued (CARE) pension scheme.

Further information or for an informal discussion about this role please contact Mathew Crosby (Deputy S151) on 01279 446225 or email to

Closing date Thursday 4 November 2021. Initial interviews to be held in person on either Thursday 18 or Friday 19 November 2021. Successful candidates may need to attend a second interview on either Thursday 25 or Friday 26 November 2021.

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