Senior Finance Business Partner

Recruiter
Network Rail
Location
Cowbridge, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
14 Sep 2019
Closes
26 Sep 2019
Ref
1254805510
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Job TitleSenior Finance Business PartnerLocationCardiff, GBDepartment NameFI Financial Controller Group (338459) G4About Network RailThe railway plays a critical role in connecting people, businesses and communities to support both regional and national economic growth. We run the safest railway in Europe, committed to getting everyone home safe every day. In our role as an asset management service organisation, Network Rail owns, operates, maintains and, where funded, enhances the railway infrastructure. The Wales and Borders railway includes key commuter routes in and around Cardiff and the valleys as well as lines serving towns, cities, and rural and coastal communities on the North Wales coast and in Mid and West Wales. In partnership with key stakeholders and train and freight operating companies, we are working to build a railway that delivers quality rail infrastructure to passengers. Our Control Period 6 (CP6) Strategic Business Plan for 2019-2024 supports our mission to run a safe, reliable, affordable and growing railway that better meets the needs of our customers and provides maximum value for taxpayers and our funders. It represents a total proposed investment of £1.34 billion across Wales and Borders, with a significant number of diverse schemes designed to deliver improvements at a local level, benefitting as many rail users as possible. It is an exciting time for Network Rail, with a clear mission, a winning team of dedicated employees and plans in place to deliver a better Wales and Borders of which we can all be proud.Brief DescriptionRoute Businesses plan, operate and maintain the railway day-to-day. Our business units - 'routes' - work closely with our customers, and are accountable for improving customer service, safety, and performance, as well as providing a value for money railway. The Finance Team supports the Route by providing financial expertise to key business partners.About the role (External)As Senior Finance Business Partner you will work as an integral member of supported business senior leadership team, to proactively identify, plan and meet the finance needs of the business in order to improve business performance, in coordination with other members of the wider finance team as required. You will positively challenge Senior Leaders, budgets and business activities to enable the best business outcomes are delivered.The key accountabilities of the role are summarised as follows:1. Consolidate, critically review and provide technical advice and guidance on periodic financial results and forecasts to Identify and monitor risks, opportunities and efficiencies to minimise the financial and legal impact on the business area.2. Provide robust professional recommendations and financial guidance on accounting guidelines and standards to enable the business to be financially and legally compliant.3. Provide technical and professional oversight of the periodic accounts, relevant analysis and preparation of business plans and budgets to enable the business to make effective decisions.4. Develop, understand and influence the cost and income drivers relevant to the business area to deliver the yearly business plan and manage to the overall settlement by effective decision making.5. Influence, coach and challenge senior budget holders in understanding the impact of their period results and forecasts against budgets in order to manage their business more effectively and manage within budgeting limits. 6. Proactively challenge budget holders plans and budget submissions to understand the overall plan, providing advice and new initiatives to save costs and be more efficient as an organisation.7. Drive, adapt and deliver key KPI'S and deliverables for the function, highlighting any significant issues and trends with financial and other business results to aid decision makers to make efficiencies. 8. Lead in budget holder key meetings on financial performance to provide professional financial advice and guidance to drive business decisions, minimise risk and deliver good corporate governance.9. Develop, drive and implement investment decisions and new business activities, working collaboratively with senior leaders to explore new opportunities and drive business performance.Do you have? Essential· Membership (or working towards membership) of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW) or equivalent experience· Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills all levels. This should include Customers; 3rd party representatives, other business & functional leaders and key support personnel.· Successful relevant experience working in a complex financial environment including demonstrable experience in managing business risks, professional financial control and forward planning. · Demonstrable record of budget management, governance and ability to understand and interpret commercial and financial landscapes (budgets, forecasts, actual status).· Significant experience in managing ambiguity in a financial environment with strong evaluation and decision-making skills.· Excellent technical Financial and Accounting knowledge and application of that knowledge in a complex and commercial environment.· Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline, for example accounting and finance, business management or equivalent demonstrable experience in finance Desirable· Full membership of relevant post graduate professional body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW)· Experience of Oracle based systems· Substantial experience within multiple finance disciplines · Knowledge and technical expertise of Government accounting and relevant financial governance · Understanding of project management principles and experience of managing complex projects to successful conclusion. How To Apply- ExternalNetwork Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefitsincluding a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.Salary: £51,156Closing date: 18/09/2019. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.This vacancy is for a fixed term opportunity for 12 months.CurrencyGBPAmount of TravelWork At Home

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