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Finance Business Partner

  • Location: Carlisle
  • Salary: 50-57000 per year
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted about 1 year ago

  • Sector: Finance & Audit
  • Contact: Gemma Cardew
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 0161 883 2816
  • Expiry Date: 21 June 2023
  • Job Ref: GC/10356

MERJE are partnered with a leading Cumbria based Building Society in their search for a talented Finance Business Partner.

  • Reporting to the Financial Controller - Planning, delivery and Analysis, our new Reconciliation Manager will:

  • Ensure that the accounting records of the Society and its subsidiary companies, are maintained in a timely, accurate and cost-effective basis, and are maintained in compliance with the laid down controls and procedures.

  • Prepare management information, including budgets and financial statements on a timely and accurate basis, and to ensure that financial and statistical information generally is supplied in a prompt, accurate and timely manner.

  • Develop, refine and implement financial controls, processes and reporting of Accounting and Subsidiaries under Head of Finance sponsored initiatives.

  • Work with relevant business heads and subsidiary Heads to ensure that Revenue and Expenditure is controlled appropriately and that it is reported accurately and on a timely basis across the business liaising with the Head of finance and other accountable team members to ensure timely partnering of all business areas.

  • Challenge proposed and existing practices (e.g. procedures, policies, strategy) to assist the improvement/development of the business and achievement of business objectives. 

  • To have an involvement in process improvement within the finance function and to support the development of more efficient processes within the transactional and wider finance team.

  • Own the reporting of financial performance for their Business Unit. Understand the function of the Business Unit, it's strategy and how it fits into the wider strategy.

  • Work with Business Unit to agree robust accruals with substantiating evidence, substantive variances are reported, and where necessary mitigating actions taken to clear variances.

  • Business Partner with designated business area to ensure all costs are controlled and within budget.

  • The role holder should have a keen understanding and take personal accountability for the appropriate protection of personal information in the way they handle pay related data.

  • Understand, interpret, and challenge current business performance and practice identifying and implementing initiatives to improve process and deliver business performance objectives and commitments. 

  • You will have an open and questioning mind that seeks to continuously improve process and validate reporting rather than accepting "as is".Develop, implement, and maintain robust performance metric, financial planning, forecasting, and reporting models to effectively communicate performance against targets and objectives. 

  • Produce analysis that drives a deeper level of understanding of key performance drivers while seeking to avoid complexity arising from low level detail to the maximum extent possible.

  • Drive best practice through performance reporting to implement efficient and effective financial processes, ensuring that accounting data and performance is structured appropriately.  

  • Understanding and challenging the integrity of source data and taking accountability for ensure that reporting is complete, accurate and consistent.

  • Produce standardised month end reporting packs that can be distributed to the SLT and Business unit heads for monthly review.

  • The role holder will work collaboratively with other members of finance who are responsible for Business Partnering Business Units specified by the Head of Finance. Finances understanding of these numbers and provision of commentary will be an accountability of the specified individual with the business partner role available for consultation.

  • Working under the guidance of the Financial Controller of Planning Delivery and Analysis drive the budget and forecasting process with Finance Team, budget holders and key stakeholders providing appropriate challenge, understanding and communication of risks issues and opportunities.

  • Challenge proposed and existing practices (e.g. procedures, policies, procurement, strategy) to assist the improvement/development of the business and achievement of business objectives.  

  • To encourage and respond positively to challenge you receive. Produce ad hoc financial reporting and analysis in response to requests from business while avoiding 'capture' by a business unit through having a whole enterprise mind-set.

  • Working with and supporting other departments including Treasury, Operations, Risk, and Internal Audit to resolve reporting and control issues and improve process efficiency and accuracy of financial information.

  • Supporting the Head of Finance, Financial controller reporting & accounting and other members of the Finance team with the preparation of the annual report and accounts.

  • To understand and be aware of the risk and control environment in your area of the business, across finance, and adhere to processes and procedures to minimise risks.

  • Reporting and escalating operational incidents where necessary.

  • Reflecting the size of the finance function the role holder will also and be expected to be engaged in the wider business of finance. 

  • This will provide variety in the role and ensure cross skilling and agility are maintained across the function.

About you:

  • Qualified Accountant or QBE

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Accounting experience and Variance Analysis

  • Interpret and communicate Financial Performance

  • Experience of building, maintain and improve Financial Spreadsheets / Models with strict version control

  • Able to communicate complex problems and articulate solutions

  • Experience of improving Process