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Finance Business Partner

Southampton City Council
Southampton, Hampshire
£54,599 - £61,658
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

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The finance team at Southampton City Council is transforming the way it delivers financial support to the organisation. As a result we are recruiting up to two Finance Business Partners to join our supportive and collaborative team and help us deliver this change

We are looking for qualified accountants with experience of providing strategic financial advice to internal clients, and presenting detailed financial analysis to help inform decision making. The successful candidate(s) will be working across a portfolio of services, so excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to form and sustain good working relationships with service directors and mangers will be essential.

Leading a small team of finance analysts, you will help ensure robust budget management by supporting colleagues with financial forecasting, savings delivery, and developing financial risk mitigation strategies. Your financial  advice and support to budget holders will be essential to the successful delivery of our new Business Planning and Budget Framework, and you will form part of a directorate management team as well as being part of the core finance function.

Our recently restructured team is playing a key role in helping colleagues develop robust financial management skills at a critical time for the organisation. Our Finance Business Partners will help shape how finance is delivered in the future, and will play a key role in delivering a successful transformation of the council. If you are looking for a challenge and an opportunity to develop your professional career by helping deliver genuine and lasting financial transformation, then we would love to hear from you.

We offer a wide range of benefits which includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Additional benefits including cycle scheme and employee assistance programme

Additional information:

  • The working hours for this role are 37 hours per week
  • This is a permanent position.   
  • Please note that appointments are usually made at the bottom of the salary scale.

Contact details for informal discussion:

For further information and details regarding the position please contact Richard Williams, interim Director of Finance, at

Recruitment contact details:

Tel: 023 8083 4033

How to apply:

To apply for the position please select the 'Apply for this job' button at the bottom of the page.

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed, unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications that are made through a third party agency. We cannot guarantee that any correspondence sent from third party agencies will be responded to. To ensure your application is received please apply directly through our website.

We are proud to be #DisabilityConfident and support fair recruitment practices. Find out how you can get involved at  No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

Southampton City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.  It is committed to delivering services to ensure they are happy, safe and have opportunities to reach their goals as responsible members of our community.  We believe it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or adult to experience abuse of any kind, and recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.  We are committed to following safe practices to ensure this and expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.  This commitment is reflected in all our recruitment and selection practices.

As a Corporate Parent we are actively aiming to support all our children in care (looked after children) and care leavers. Any applicants who are children in care or care leavers, who meet the essential criteria for the post applied for, will be guaranteed an interview. 

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