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Senior Finance and Planning Business Partner - Programmes

Head of Planning and Finance Business
Boston Spa, Wetherby
£45,000 – £51,849 + defined benefit pension scheme, hybrid working & flexible working hours scheme
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We make our collections and programmes available to all. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits, including hybrid working.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 20.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade). Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

The British Library is embarking on a period of exciting transformation, with high profile capital projects and ambitious digital programmes. We are looking for a senior finance business partner (CCAB qualified) to provide strategic support on some of these major programmes. This will include providing oversight, guidance and challenge to senior officers and programme managers, as well as input and expert advice of the economic and financial modelling, whole lifecycle costing and scenario analysis.

The role will ensure the business understands and delivers against risk management, finance policies and performance KPIs through agreed change initiatives and operational areas.
It will also work with the corporate Enterprise Portfolio Management Office to identify and implement improvements to strategic oversight, whole lifecycle programme costing methods, financial management and reporting. Delivery of this will include training and up skilling colleagues across the Library.

You will have proven experience and capability in working with Chief Officers and other senior leaders across the organisation, providing leadership from a finance perspective.

You will have excellent communication and advisory skills and have experience deploying these at a senior level. With the ability to influence, build relationships and effectively communicate to get the message across and get discussions going. To persevere where the message might not get through on the first attempt.

You will the ability to interpret financial and performance information in layman’s terms as a basis for advising management and recommending courses of action, including the ability to translate the numbers into a business story. As well as an innovative and proactive approach to exploiting change opportunities and promoting best practice.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 04171

Closing Date: 10 August 2022

Interview Date: w/c 22 August 2022

We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route

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