Finance Business Partner

Posted 4 days agoExpires in 1 day
Westminster, London
Fixed Term Full Time
54,219 p.a.

Church of England Central Services (ChECS) is a jointly controlled entity between the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board and was set up in 2013 to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the National Church Institutions (NCIs), dioceses, the wider Church and related charities by providing cost-effective shared services including Communications, Human Resources, Legal, IT, Office Services, Records Management, Finance & Resources and Internal Audit & Risk Management. ChECs also has a wholly owned subsidiary trading company which carries out Procurement activities on behalf of the Church of England.

ChECS is one of the National Church Institutions (NCIs) which are national administrative bodies that work together to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England. The Finance Business Partner – Central Services works within the Finance & Resources department which is a shared services function working across the NCIs to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective finance service to each organisation.

We are looking for a self-motivated, CCAB qualified finance professional who is able to develop strong relationships with the departmental directors and other staff across Central Services, understand the business and provide meaningful financial insight and advice to support the delivery of strategic and operational objectives.

Post Introduction

You will act as Finance Business Partner for the Church of England Central Services, providing accurate and timely management information, budget monitoring, analysis and advice to budget holders and key stakeholders, fostering a culture of financial accountability and cost efficiency. You will also provide relevant challenge and insight to support decision-making and ensure that budgets and forecasts reflect our objectives and strategy. You will have primary responsibility for ensuring an accurate and fair method of recharging the NCIs (and any other customers) for the services provided.

An effective communicator, you will be able to explain financial issues to non-finance staff and to help people to use financial information well. You will deliver relevant training and support across departments to help improve financial literacy and ensure compliance with relevant financial control procedures.

You will be someone who is always looking to improve processes and work smarter, collaborating with your finance colleagues to drive best practice in everything we do. You will look for ways to improve the quality of management reporting and ensure that your customers receive an excellent service.  You will be a confident Excel user, able to use Excel to design and build management reports which can be quickly and easily produced. Experience of using and implementing other reporting tools would also be advantageous, as we seek to improve ways of working.

The post is part of the Finance Business Partnering team within the Finance Operations team, with Finance Business Partners dedicated towards different NCIs.  Whilst you have autonomy and focus on your ‘lead client’ you will also work collaboratively with the rest of the Finance Operations team to develop a high quality finance service to the NCIs including best practice internal and external reporting and a robust financial control environment.

This is a fixed term contract expected to last for 12 months.

Interviews will be held  w/c 9th March 2020

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

Finance business partnering

Work with budget holders to build understanding of their financial positions and performance including :

  • Building strong relationships with senior managers and budget holders and work with them to develop a deep understanding of ChECS's activities, priorities and business including identifying key risks and opportunities.
  • Providing constructive challenge to hold budget holders to account for financial performance probe key issues and financial risks and assumptions underpinning the budgets and focus on ChECs's priorities.
  • Taking a value-added role, acting as a trusted advisor and demonstrate an ability to provide constructive challenge.
  • Acting as the first point of contact on finance matters, directing staff to other parts of the finance team as appropriate but ensuring they receive a consistent and joined-up service.
  • Working with the other finance business partners to develop the business partnering model, helping to provide a consistent and high quality service to NCI clients.
  • Keeping abreast of relevant changes in legislation or wider industry changes to facilitate early engagement with these as required.
  • Providing financial support for relevant project activity (including pan-NCI projects) as appropriate, including preparation of financial models or analysis to support the evaluation of any proposed changes or key decision making.

Financial planning, reporting and monitoring

Produce and present to budget holders and the Executive Team, regular management accounts including:

  • Preparing meaningful analysis, investigating variances from budgets, forecasts and actuals and commenting on key numbers.
  • Producing regular reporting for the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executives and the ChECS Board.
  • Setting and managing the timetable for the production of phased budgets and quarterly reforecasts, supporting budget holders in preparing submissions.
  • Consolidating departmental budgets and forecasts and work with the Senior Finance Business Partner and the Director of Finance – Operations to produce relevant papers and presentations for the trustees and sub-committees.
  • Ensuring that budgets and forecasts are accurately recorded in SAP.
  • Working with the rest of the Finance Business Partnering team to develop and roll out best practice management reports in response to the operational and decision-making needs of the organisation.

Financial management and accountability

Ensure that monthly, quarterly and year end close is complete and all necessary transactions are recorded in SAP accurately and on time including:

  • Working with the Finance Officers and Financial Accounting and Operations team, to ensure that all necessary accounting entries are posted each month with no material errors, omissions or miscoding.
  • Ensuring the shared service costs are recharged accurately to other NCIs (and any other customers), using a fair and reasonable methodology.
  • Working with the Tax team to ensure that shared projects and activities are structured appropriately and undertaken by the correct entity.
  • Working with ChECS staff to ensure they use SAP effectively for financial management purposes, including monitoring the use of purchase orders and supporting the wider Finance team in encouraging compliance with financial control procedures and good practice procurement.
  • Providing financial training and support to non-finance colleagues as required, promoting financial literacy and accountability across the NCIs.

Other

  • Collaborating with other members of the Finance Operations team, including the Finance Accounting and Operations team, SAP team, Tax, and Procurement, to ensure that services are delivered in a joined-up way.
  • Providing support for projects within the Finance Operations team (which could include for example, process improvement projects, system projects, implementation of new processes and solutions etc.).
  • Developing excellent working relationships and clear communication with the Financial Accountant for ChECS, to ensure a consistent understanding of activities within the NCIs, and that this is reflected accurately in both statutory and management reporting.
  • Undertaking other ad hoc tasks as required to ensure the Finance Operations team delivers a high-quality, cost-effective service to its customers.

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitude:

  • Excellent IT skills including advanced Excel and data manipulation skills
  • Able to analyse information and extract pertinent information for management
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Well organised and able to prioritise competing demands
  • Customer-focussed and able to partner effectively with key stakeholders
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to achieve cooperation and results from others
  • Good communication skills both written and oral, able to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders and to explain financial issues to non-finance staff
  • Proactive, self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Persistent and resilient; able to overcome challenges and find solutions

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience gained from working as a finance business partner / management accountant covering all aspects of budgeting, forecasting and management reporting for a large organisation
  • Experience of providing commentary and analysis to senior colleagues
  • Experience of producing reporting at CEO and Trustee Board level
  • Experience of problem solving and implementing process improvements, particularly in relation to internal reporting (e.g. efficient design of Excel reports)
  • Up to date knowledge of best practice in provision of management information

Education:

  • CCAB or equivalent professional accounting body qualification

Circumstances:

  • Willingness to work in excess of contracted hours to ensure completion of deadlines

Desirable

  • SAP experience
  • Experience of working in the charity sector and knowledge of Charities SORP
  • Experience of working in the housing sector
  • Experience of dealing with auditors
  • Knowledge of economics, business and the investment environment

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise. 

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.

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