Finance Business Partner

  • Location
    Manchester, Greater Manchester
  • Category
    Accountancy & Finance - ACCA
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Banking and Financial Services
  • External Reference

The key roles for Finance Business Partner are:

  • Business Partner

  • Balance Sheet Manager

  • Audit and Control

  • Data/Knowledge Expert

Business Partner

The Finance BP fully contributes to and has joint accountability with senior team members for the success of the region. Specifically, the Finance BP will:

  • Have a clear strategic vision for how the region can succeed in the future and play an active part in the establishment of the overall plans to deliver on this vision.

  • Know the region, its operating context, the market, and the financial position and can use data to identify trends and future internal and external financial issues.

  • Understand the financial drivers of the organisation and how to maximise use of resources as well as supporting the Operations Director to drive the vision of how the region needs to grow and develop.

Balance Sheet Manager

The Finance BP understands the importance of controlling the balance sheet and of the implications of making best use organisationally of available financial resources.

Audit & Control

The Finance BP has responsibility for assuring and reporting to the Senior Finance Business Partner on the completeness, accuracy and reliability of all financial information within the region. As part of the community of Finance professionals, the Finance BP sets and/or follows best practice and is prepared to challenge colleagues where necessary.

Data & Knowledge Expert

The Finance Business Partner is responsible for ensuring that the regional SMT has access to a set of data that facilitates good business decision making. Although not responsible for collecting data, the Finance BP should be able to highlight gaps in data, spot inaccuracies and make positive suggestions as to how these can be addressed. The Finance BP should support the use of central data repositories and reporting processes, rather than encouraging the creation of local data sets.

Person Specification

In addition to the things below, my client expects their employees to:

  • Be positive about working for the business and to demonstrate this to all the people they come into contact with

  • Work well with all of their colleagues

  • Take responsibility for their own development

Skills/competence requirements

  • Commercial approach (balances risks and opportunities)

  • Strategic thinking

  • Good judgement - ability to think through consequences

  • Sound decision making

  • Influential in senior team and Finance community - confidence to challenge others, including senior management

  • Ability to interpret range of numerical/statistical information and reach quick judgements

  • Negotiates matrix management effectively - balance membership of regional team with membership of wider Financial team

  • Systems thinker

  • Project management skills

  • Organisationally aware understands the broader context

  • Analytical ability

  • Clear communication

  • Coach/motivator

  • Interpreter /facilitator

  • People developer/motivator

  • Team player thinks organisationally as well as regionally

  • Coach of non-financial people i.e. train rather than do

  • Highly IT literate

  • Desire to make a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability


  • Experience of providing business finance support to a large, complex division

  • Extensive finance experience/skills, including high level of accuracy and integrity

  • Experience of strategic business planning

  • Experience of working in a matrix management structure, managing multiple relationships

  • Experience of risk management

  • Experience of managing and developing staff


  • Knowledge of financial standards and procedures

  • Knowledge of financial and business planning theories, frameworks and tools.

  • Knowledge of sector


  • Accounting qualification ACA, ACCA, CIMA or similar

KPI Targets will be sent to Shortlisted Candidates.

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Please apply with your CV to: Matthew Retchless