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NERC Senior Finance Business Partner

Salary:
£49,708
Location:
Swindon
Company:
UK Research and Innovation

Description

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.This role will provide a comprehensive, professional and high-quality financial business partnering service to NERC, working closely with key stakeholders to support the effective planning, forecasting, delivery and reporting of NERC’s resource and capital budgets. The role will also require some travel to NERC Institutes.

Key Areas of Accountability

Leadership/Team work

a) Provide financial assurance to NERC on Institute sustainability, risk and compliance through;

• Acquiring a good, and in depth, understanding of strategic & operational Institute finance matters

• Building relationships with local Institute finance and corporate management teams,

• Providing financial advice, and guidance to NERC Institutes,

• Developing an understanding of Institute expenditure plans, cash flow forecasts and income projections,

• Advising NERC Board observers (corporate directors) on financial matters and relevant Institute Board reports,

• Attendance at the annual Strategic Relationship Assurance Meeting (SRAM), held with each Institute.

b) Provide effective resource and capital financial planning, including;

• Supporting the NERC Spending Review

• Maintaining the NERC medium term capital financial plan – to include advising the NERC Exec Chair and Directors on affordability, commitments and headroom.

• Budgeting, forecasting and outturn management

c) Build an effective and ‘trusted advisor’ role with NERC senior management, through the provision of clear, objective and timely advice, and ensure finance can positively influence NERC decision making.

Delivery/Programmes/Projects/Process

a) Provide effective financial support on NERC major projects, ensuring that;

• Business Cases include robust financial information in line with UKRI best practice

• Outturn is within +/-0.5% of annual and total budgets

• Risks and opportunities are identified and managed (i.e. ‘no surprises’)

• Projects boards receive timely and accurate financial reporting and advice

• Project managers are supported and challenged

• UKRI and government delegations and internal controls are understood and followed

• Projects demonstrate value for money and benefits are realised.UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.Shortlisting Criteria

Essential:

• Qualified Accountant (ACA/CIMA/ACCA/CIPFA), or equivalent experience (QBE)

• Well-developed leadership, team management, organisational and motivational skills

• Effective interpersonal and influencing skills

• Ability to take a strategic view of financial issues

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present financial information effectively to non-finance staff in a variety of meeting settings - both formal and informal

• Ability to build trusting relationships with internal and external stakeholders, at all levels of an organisation, and influence them with impact and professional credibility

• Experience of working strategically to balance the conflicting demands of multiple stakeholders whilst protecting the integrity and ownership of financial processes

• Highly numerate with the ability to provide insightful analysis on complex issues, communicating the key elements to effectively deliver projects and influence decision making at a strategic level

• Strong focus on proactivity, positive solutions and continuous improvement

• Experience of writing business cases, financial papers or similar.

• Experience of Financial Management and reporting for complex organisations.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

• Well-developed leadership, team management, organisational and motivational skills

• Effective interpersonal and influencing skills

• Ability to take a strategic view of financial issues

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present financial information effectively to non-finance staff in a variety of meeting settings - both formal and informal

• Ability to build trusting relationships with internal and external stakeholders, at all levels of an organisation, and influence them with impact and professional credibility

• Experience of working strategically to balance the conflicting demands of multiple stakeholders whilst protecting the integrity and ownership of financial processes

• Highly numerate with the ability to provide insightful analysis on complex issues, communicating the key elements to effectively deliver projects and influence decision making at a strategic level

• Strong focus on proactivity, positive solutions and continuous improvement

• Experience of Financial Management and reporting for complex organisations

• Experience of writing business cases, financial papers or similar.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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