Finance Business Partner
To provide financial management and procurement support to the College, including management reporting, procurement and projects, provision of support to the Senior Leadership Team and upwards to Executive team and Board committees as required Client Details The client is an educational body in the area. Description 1. Strategic Management and Planning a. As an advisor to the Senior Leadership Team, contribute to strategy, planning and management b. Attend appropriate meetings of Regional Board Committees, as required. c. Act as Finance representative on selected committees, as required by the Vice Principal - Finance and Corporate Services. d. As one of two leadership roles within the finance department, jointly prepare and implement operational plans for the development of the function. e. Represent the organisation externally dealing with external/internal auditors and other agencies. f. Plan, manage and execute the budget setting process.. 2. Financial Management and Control a. Proactively manage the financial position of the organisation. b. Prepare the annual operational budgets for the organisation and subsidiaries, for the Vice Principal - Finance and Corporate Services to review. c. Maintain budget control system including reserves, cost centre control totals and budget virements. d. Prepare appropriate SFC and other external returns in association with Vice Principal - Finance and Services, specifically Financial Forecast Return, Cash Flow Forecast and others as required. e. Produce monthly management accounts, including management of journal adjustments, and financial projections. f. Undertake investigations as to variances, liaising with other managers as necessary. g. Support the Financial Controller to prepare Annual Accounts, and accounts return, providing financial information in a format which is consistent with FFR and management accounts. h. Ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP). i. Ensure procedures are in place to enable the application of project accounting principles to externally funded initiatives and internal projects. j. Ensure the proper management of the Procurement function, including the application of relevant European, UK and Scottish legislation and internal policy and procedures. k. Drive improvements in the procurement journey, implementing e-procurement solutions and best practice processes. l. Plan, develop and implement the procurement forward plan.. m. Provide guidance, advise, and instruction if necessary to budget managers on procurement projects management and processes. n. Prepare papers for approval of procurement activities as required by the Procurement Thresholds o. Support the Financial Controller to develop and implement financial procedures. p. Manage the continuing development of the accounting software, including e-Procurement capability and management reporting. Profile Member of CCAB Accounting body Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline Current knowledge of financial reporting standards Knowledge of Scottish public sector procurement legislation Understanding of public sector / government accounting and regulatory frameworks Knowledge of Further Education finance in Scotland Significant demonstrable post-qualification experience Job Offer An excellent package is available for this excellent leadership role in a great institution.