Assistant Finance Business Partner
Highways England is the new Government company that operates, maintains and improves England's network of motorways and major A roads. This network is around 4,300 miles long and while it represents only 2 per cent of all roads in England by length it carries a third of all traffic by mileage as well as two thirds of heavy goods traffic. We have around 3,500 staff based in seven offices around the country including a uniformed Traffic Officer Service in control centres and patrolling key areas of the network. Highways England is accountable to two bodies who act on behalf of the public - The Office of Rail and Roads monitor the performance of our highways and Transport Focus champion the needs of road users.
An Assistant Finance Business Partner works in tandem with the Finance Business Partner and the Regional Business Management and Central Finance teams and reporting leads - checking and challenging performance against targets, providing professional advice and support to ensure efficient financial planning and reporting, whilst ensuring management information is used to inform the directorate's business decision making.
- To ensure that effective business operations and services are delivered to target and standards within an allocated business area.
- To take forward the consistent application of 'best practice' professional frameworks, policies, systems and practices that will improve business performance and develop staff capability.
- To ensure the rigorous analysis, review and challenge of forecasted and emerging costs, both within month and year to enable assessment of value for money, appropriate risk and forecasting accuracy.
- To ensure, through collective responsibility with the operational teams, accurate and timely performance reporting against Highways England targets as well as robust challenge where appropriate, to enable effective decision making.
- To provide specialist advice and guidance on the application of financial principles, policy and procedure, business systems and mechanisms, which promote efficient business reporting.
- Provide effective leadership and guidance, encouraging the development of capability to improve business delivery, including governance and regulatory requirements, in line with Highways England's values across the region and the supply chain.
- To promote opportunities and solutions to improve performance, capability and capacity and resource allocation and take forward continuous improvement.
- Provide support to the Finance Business Partner in delivering the strategic and operational objectives of the national team.
- Provide advice and guidance on the effective and consistent implementation of accounting standards, tax rules, systems, policies and processes, mechanisms and tools for control and reporting whilst ensuring compliance with regular reporting requirements.
- Work in partnership with Business Management and Central Finance Teams to support management through analysis of key metrics.
- Ensure the rigorous analysis, review and challenge of forecasted and emerging costs and expenditure, both within year and across the life of any project, to enable assessment of value for money, delivery of expected outputs and achievement of proposed efficiencies.
- Identify possible gaps and risks in the provision and application of policies, procedures and mechanisms around effective resource management and offer advice for continuous improvement.
- Build and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with staff, supply chain and other stakeholders at all levels across the business area.
- Advise and coach colleagues on effective financial practice when dealing with complex issues.
- Maintain and develop end to end processes to ensure an effective period end closedown.
- Support the preparation of 'bottom-up' annual and medium term budgets.
- Commit to continuous learning and self-development through a variety of formal and informal routes.
- Assess safety performance to minimise risks, develop improvements and escalate issues with relevant authorities in a timely manner and carry out any tasks identified to the post in the Level 2 and relevant 2a Organisational Health & Safety RACI charts.
- Part-qualified Accountant (CIMA, ACCA or ICAEW) or AAT qualified with significant finance, governance and commercial experience Ability to grasp the realities and complexities of the business and understand the implications of applying specialist knowledge
- Ability to assimilate and convey complex and challenging information to a variety of audiences
- Able to engage effectively with staff at all levels and with di