Senior Finance Business Partner

City & Guilds
11 Jan 2018
12 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Fantastic opportunity for someone to provide effective financial advice to your senior stakeholders and drive continuous process improvement across the City & Guilds Group.

About the role

As senior finance business partner, you will support numerous departments across the Support Services function (including IT, HR, Facilities and Corporate Relations) all of which support the organisation to achieve its purpose - to enable people, organisations and economies to develop their skills for growth.

You will work directly with Board Members and Heads of Function to help construct detailed budgets, forecasts, investment appraisals and provide insightful analysis and advice along the way. You’ll also be responsible for bringing together the total Support Service financial picture, where some business partnering duties will be devolved across the team - with you leading the whole process and taking full ownership of the complete picture.

You’ll be embedded within our Finance team and able to develop your skills across a huge range of Finance activities, by contributing to year-end audits, technical accounting issues and tax procedures.

Working directly with our IT and HR teams you will get to learn a great deal about cutting edge technology projects and strategic people management - all the while providing these Directors with the vital Finance skills to help make these initiatives a success.

About You

We are looking for a dynamic individual who can create strong and trustworthy relationships, who sees problems and challenges to overcome and is happy to 'get stuck in’ when required. We want someone to come in and make a real impact so if you are a hard-working, passionate and ambitious individual with a positive can-do attitude, we want to hear from you!

We need an excellent multi-tasker who is a natural in building rapport with key stakeholders. You will have expert face-to-face and written communication skills. Even though you will be working in an open and friendly team, you will need to be able to work independently, using your own initiative to make strategic decisions whilst prioritising workloads to meet tight deadlines with impeccable accuracy. With sole ownership of the total Support Service financials you will be expected to independently oversee a process spanning a matrix of team members and systems - hitting every deadline and deliverable with excellent quality and insight throughout. By working with a range of non-finance team members across all levels, you’ll be able to translate complicated accounting or financial concepts into easy to understand terms and avoiding all unnecessary jargon!

You’ll be numerically savvy, with a sound understanding of accounting principles and experience of working with accounting and finance systems (we use SAP and Hyperion). You’ll also be able to build a range of logical and coherent financial models in Excel to easily solve any queries which come your way.

What we Offer

You’ll be based in a fantastic location in EC1A, surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants. We’re easily accessible with Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and many more stations nearby. Offering the opportunity to work in a large, fast-paced, engaging environment with opportunities to develop your existing skills and explore new ones. Working for us means working for an innovative, purpose-leading organisation. You’ll be entitled to an excellent Total Reward Package which typically includes

  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus an additional days’ leave with every 2 years’ service
  • Generous pension, Cycle2Work Scheme, Gymflex
  • Free fruit delivered to the office and a number of sports clubs such as running and football

There's plenty more too, such as life assurance, shopping discounts, and childcare vouchers that you can view on our website.

Our Story & Mission

The City & Guilds Group is a global leader in skills development. Our purpose is the same today as it has always been, to enable people, organisations and economies to develop their skills for growth. Backed by a Royal Charter, we have more than 135 years of experience in making sure that people can contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies.

Today, the Group consists of City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, Digitalme, The Oxford Group and Gen2. Our businesses provide a broad and imaginative range of products and services that help people achieve their potential through work-based learning. Together, they set the standards for corporate learning, technical training and skills credentialing. Everything we do - from the way we work, our products and services, to our charitable investments - seeks to make a difference to individuals and communities around the world.

At The City & Guilds Group our success is driven by the people we work with - our people make us who we are. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer an equal opportunity to all our staff and we value diversity within our inclusive culture. We recognise that a diverse workforce is the only way we will achieve our ambitious business goals, so we work hard to be flexible way to accommodate everyone.

Next Steps

To find out more about the position, take a look at the Role Profile. If this still sounds exciting and you think you’re just the person for the job, please submit your CV and complete our short application form. We can’t wait to hear from you, so apply now! Once we have received your application you will be emailed a link to complete a game-based assessment that will be used in addition to your application form to assess your suitability for our organisation, the deadline for completing the assessment is 07 January 2018.