Senior Finance Business Partner - Working for Essex
Salary: From £54,666 to £64,314 per annum
Closing date: 01 Feb 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10332
Role: Finance
About the role

Senior Finance Business Partner

Permanent, Full Time

From £54,666 to £64,314 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 1st February 2023

The Opportunity

This role is responsible for delivering all aspects of financial advice within a service area, to ensure the provision of comprehensive support to all levels of management and members. Ensuring pro-active and innovative guidance across the breadth of finance functions and supporting complex projects is an integral part of the role.

Proficient analytical skills will be key to interpreting financial results for the business whilst influencing more robust decision making by evidencing greater awareness and understanding the impact of decisions on costs and risks.

An experienced financial expert, building strong relationships with internal and external partners will maximise the opportunity to influence stakeholders and partners and contribute fully as a member of management forums. Work collaboratively in supporting delivery of efficiency improvements and cost reduction plans across the Council providing high quality advice and direction on financial strategies, policy, standards and practices to achieve strategic objectives

The role will be focussed on a specific function area and supports a major transformation programme with significant savings and risks attached. Stakeholder engagement, building and maintaining professional relationships and managing change are all key attributes.

Accountabilities

  • Responsible for supporting the business by understanding all the financial assets, liabilities and priorities for a business operation (revenue, capital, funding streams & debt) & present options to senior managers to drive change and improve efficiency to meet strategic objectives.
  • Responsible for partnering and supporting Service Directors and stakeholders to carry out financial performance management, pricing and investment analysis. In addition, support the business planning process by advising senior managers and supporting the maximisation of external funding to the Council.
  • Accountable for supporting business development by using insightful predictive analytics, optimising financial modelling and commercial acumen.
  • Support cross organisational projects and ensure the best commercial & value considerations to drive transparent and robust decision making. This support will involve detailed analysis and interpretation in communicating financial and performance data to support evidence-based decisions.
  • Work collaboratively with Senior Finance Business Partners and Management Accountants in the development and review of financial policy and plans ensuring they reflect the Council’s strategic objectives and promote continuous improvement
  • Responsible for promoting delivery of value for money services, as evidenced by benchmarked cost driver comparators to analyse financial trends and drive efficiencies. Develop networks with best in class peers.
  • Support timely preparation of robust business cases & decision making documents by quantifying associated costs, benefits, risks and funding solutions, being solely accountable for the financial implications
  • Responsible for compliance with financial regulations and professional accounting standards and financial impact assessments relating to changes in legislation or service initiatives

Dimensions

Indirect impact – up to £500 million

Accountable for reporting accuracy and strategic planning

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  •  Full CCAB / CIMA qualification with minimum of 2 years post qualification experience and evidence of continuing professional development.
  •  Experience in application of financial management and financial frameworks in a large organisation, preferably public sector, through a full financial cycle.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills.
  • Essential evidence of providing financial advice to inform complex decision making.
  • Evidence of direct influence in improving financial systems and processes.
  • Experience of evaluating and supporting innovative and effective means of financing the long-term delivery of large scale services.
  • Demonstrate significant experience of working with and influencing members and / or executives, as well as, multi-disciplinary teams to achieve service outcomes.
  • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • Extensive experience of strong leadership skills and ability to demonstrate credibility, promoting good financial management practice within the business.

To read more about us please visit: Finance Procurement & Technology

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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