Senior Finance Business Partner

Recruiter
Network Rail
Location
Eaglestone West, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
18 Sep 2019
Closes
28 Sep 2019
Ref
1264320899
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Job TitleSenior Finance Business PartnerLocationMilton Keynes, GBDepartment NameDigital RailwayAbout Network RailNetwork Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We're investing £48bn in the railway by 2024 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations. Group Digital Railway delivers the data and telecoms services necessary for the safe and reliable operation of the railway. It also supports improvements to operations through making best use of technology for train control and traffic management. With a team of operationally experienced railway and business change specialists, it is the centre of excellence for these services which improve front-line operations and services for routes, industry stakeholders, passengers and freight users.Brief DescriptionTo 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. To positively challenge Senior Leaders, budgets and business activities to enable the best business outcomes are delivered.About the role (External)Key AccountabilitiesConsolidate, 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.Provide robust professional recommendations and financial guidance on accounting guidelines and standards to enable the business to be financially and legally compliant.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.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.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. 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.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. 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.Develop, drive and implement investment decisions and new business activities, working collaboratively with senior leaders to explore new opportunities and drive business performance.Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications:EssentialMembership (or working towards membership) of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW) or equivalent experienceExcellent 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 financeDesirableFull membership of relevant post graduate professional body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW)Experience of Oracle based systemsSubstantial 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 factors. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.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 (to a maximum amount of £2,750). Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £51,156 to £57,551As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees. Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements; Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentationComplete a satisfactory 3-year employment history checkComplete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure checkFor more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS ChecksClosing date: 26th September 2019, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumesIt is a requirement of the role to live within 75/90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes. CurrencyGBPAmount of TravelWork At Home

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