Finance Business Partner

University of Sussex
Brighton, UK
19 Jul 2019
24 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Forbes Hunt are partnering with The University of Sussex to recruit a Finance Business Partner which will support their professional services teams. The University of Sussex is one of the leading research universities in the world, and one of the foremost employers in the South. With a new strategic framework 'Sussex 2025' in place they have ambitious objectives across the organisation. In recent years they have grown their student numbers, staff and infrastructure substantially, with a new and high performing finance and commercial function that continues to grow and evolve.

The University is now looking to recruit a Finance Business Partner on a full-time basis in a newly created position to play a key role in developing a new business partnering approach delivering excellent, high quality services to their Professional Services department. This will enable the University to achieve its strategic priorities at a time of unprecedented change and challenge within the Higher Education sector.

Reporting to the Senior Finance Business Partner - Professional Services you will be responsible for the following:
  • Providing assurance regarding the financial performance, control and risk profile of all areas of responsibility;
  • Formulation and delivery of objective and trusted advice to senior stakeholders, defining and delivering financial strategy in order to meet the financial and other objectives;
  • Actively supporting an effective and robust financial control environment delivering VFM for the University in all areas of responsibility;
  • Building and improving excellent financial management literacy and practice across the University;
  • Diagnosing issues and scoping requirements through analysis and effective listening and questioning and assisting senior managers in developing substantive plans to address issues and provide oversight of delivery.

The post will deputise for the Senior Finance Business Partner - Professional Services where required.

The successful candidate will ideally have the following skills and attributes:
  • A recognised CCAB qualification or equivalent (ACA/CIMA/ACCA), or significant progress in studying towards a qualification is essential;
  • A track record of the effective delivery of Finance Business Partner services in an organisation of comparable complexity and challenge;
  • Experience of implementing and supporting the key elements of an effective, business-focussed financial control environment;
  • Demonstrated a culture of customer service and excellence, whilst working with a variety of 'non-finance' stakeholders and challenging and supporting business unit managers to achieve their objectives;
  • Able to apply excellent oral and written communication skills with a proven ability to remain calm, confident and professional, even in difficult situations;
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development, evidenced by membership of an appropriate professional body;
  • Higher Education Industry experience is welcomed but not a pre-requisite for these vacancies;


Sussex University is going through an exciting period of change and this is a rare and outstanding opportunity to join a new finance structure. The University offer an impressive package for this full-time position including generous pension scheme, excellent annual leave entitlement, competitive base salary and access to University sporting and other facilities.

The University is always looking to offer continued learning and development opportunities to their staff and can offer an excellent study support package to enable the completion of professional finance qualifications by appropriate candidates.

The campus at the University is a brilliant place to work and boasts some state-of-the-art facilities within a stone's throw of the vibrant city of Brighton. If the above sounds of interest, please don't hesitate to contact me or apply online to gain more information and a job description.

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