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B2/HEO Cost Centre Manager - Finance Business Partner Team

The Insolvency Service
United Kingdom
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Central government, Local council
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Ipswich, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. Stratford (London) and Croydon will only be available to existing employees of the Insolvency Service.

Join the Finance, Commercial, Sustainability and Property Directorate (FCSP) at the Insolvency Service!

Do you have a passion for finance and a desire to make a real impact?

The Insolvency Service is a leading Government agency, playing a crucial role in supporting businesses and individuals facing financial difficulty. We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can develop your expertise and contribute to the Agency's success.

Shape the Financial Future

This exciting developmental role sits within the Finance Business Partner (FBP) team, responsible for managing the Insolvency Service's internal finances. The team is strategically positioned at the heart of the organisation, offering a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience and influence the Agency's financial health.

Invest in Your Career

This role offers a supportive environment for professional development. We're committed to your growth, and several Cost Centre Managers (CCMs) have achieved promotions within three years after successfully completing relevant exams.

Job description

Responsibilities - What you'll do:

  • Financial Analysis & Reporting: Analyse financial statements, manage accruals and adjustments, assess VAT and transactions, and maintain cost centre information.
  • Strategic Insight: Highlight variances, recommend actions, and provide FBPs with valuable insights to support informed decision-making.
  • Purchase Order Management: Own and maintain a PO tracker, raise issues/closures, and ensure material POs are included in forecasts.
  • Meetings & Reporting: Facilitate checkpoint meetings, create reports, and present information to stakeholders.
  • Budget & Funding Support: Collaborate with FBPs on forecast updates, budget reviews, and spending requests.
  • Teamwork & Support: Provide cover for FBPs, build relationships across your business area, and support other finance teams.

Why join the FBP Team?

  • Make a Real Impact: Play a vital role in shaping the financial health of the Insolvency Service.
  • Develop Your Expertise: Gain valuable experience and qualifications (CCAB or CIMA) with full funding provided.
  • Be part of a thriving and diverse environment: Work alongside a passionate and experienced team in a thriving and diverse environment. We actively foster a culture of inclusion and belonging through our 10 active employee network groups, including LGBT+, FACES, Disability & Health, Mind Matters, Women's, The Shed, Carers, Part Time Workers, No Limits, and Grass Roots. These groups provide opportunities for colleagues to connect, share experiences, and advocate for their communities.
  • Contribute to a positive culture: Promote a culture of fairness, respect, and inclusivity within the organisation.
  • Enjoy a healthy work-life balance: We offer flexible working arrangements including full-time, part-time, job share, and hybrid arrangements.
  • Commitment to Learning: Continuously develop your skills in a supportive environment that values knowledge sharing and professional development.

Person specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • At least 12 months' experience in an accounting role.
  • An ability to work independently, build relationships and work collaboratively.
  • Excellent communication, presentation skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Intermediate Excel skills with a willingness to learn further.
  • A desire to learn and develop your financial expertise.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A strong eye for detail and accuracy.
  • The ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.


  • Successful candidates will be committed to completing a full CCAB or CIMA qualification including Practical assessment requirements within 3-4 years, timeframe depends on current qualifications. This will be a contractual obligation with full funding provided.
  • Willingness to travel infrequently for team events and meetings (averaging 6 occasions a year)
  • AAT membership or equivalent

Ready to join a dynamic team and shape the future of the Insolvency Service? Apply today!


One of AAT Level 4, CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA Cert BA) or equivalent CCAB qualification.


AAT or equivalent.

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical skills test presentation.


Alongside your salary of £28,842, Insolvency Service contributes £11,307 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

We want you have a good work-life balance and want to support you in all that you do so we offer a great benefits package:

  • Full funding towards a full CCAB or CIMA qualifications, including day release for study and exams worth approximately £11,000 over 3 years
  • Progressive role with support towards achieving C2/SEO promotion
  • Hybrid working, 60% of time in the office (subject to change)
  • Flexible working arrangements and flexi-time.
  • Full time new entrants to the Civil Service and those Civil Servants on modernised terms and conditions will be entitled to 25 days leave increasing on sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service.
  • In addition to this you are entitled to 8 public/bank holidays plus an additional day of privilege leave.
  • Competitive maternity, paternity, and parental leave.
  • 5 days paid leave for learning and development
  • 5 days paid for volunteering
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Staff have access to an employee assistance programme, Workplace Wellness, for confidential, independent support and advice during difficult times in either their professional or personal life.
  • A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Your pension is a valuable part of your total reward package where the employer makes a significant contribution to the cost of your pension. Your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken. This means, if you pay tax, your take-home pay will not be reduced by the full amount of your contribution; and your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire. For more information, visit 


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