Head of Finance Business Partnering
Newly Created Head of Finance Business Partnering to report into the CFO
Commercial, Not for Profit Healthcare Organisation based in Leeds
About Our Client
St Anne's is a successful and highly regarded health and social care registered charity providing care across the North of England. They provide nursing, residential services, domiciliary care and supported living services for clients with learning disabilities and mental health problems as well as specialist homeless and substance misuse services. Their services are highly regarded by both CQC and the Local Authorities and this is evidenced through recent inspections with 96% of their services rated 'Good'.
As the Head of Finance Business Partnering, you will report into the CFO and you will lead the finance partnering and planning team, providing commercial and financial support to key stakeholders, driving optimal business decisions and ultimately delivering better financial and commercial performance.
The role holder will partner across the organisation, but in particular supporting the operations team to improve overall service performance, driving improvements in fee rates and ensuring the cost base is as efficient as possible. As well as supporting the business development team on tenders and contract reviews.
The key responsibilities of the role will include:
- Establish and develop regular and effective financial performance reviews with the operations team, driving action to improve financial performance, particularly focusing on deficit services and those tracking behind budget.
- Provide financial and commercial support for business decisions, quantifying and evaluating proposals, ensuring expected returns are achieved. Influencing and adapting plans with stakeholders by supporting and challenging them in an appropriate way.
- Support the business in controlling and ensuring the most efficient use of costs, for example, through the effective review and management of hours and payroll spend, as well as non-payroll spend.
- Support the business in maximising income through, for example, supporting fee costings, fee uplifts and financial responses in tenders.
- Develop and deliver in depth analysis to the business to make further recommendations around how financial performance can be improved.
- Lead the budgeting process, developing the model and approach so that it is fit for purpose and allows for the building of the budget bottom-up, working closely with key stakeholders to ensure there is engagement and buy-in to the budget targets. The budget should further be built up in enough granular detail and on a timely basis so that Board assurance and sign-off can happen at the appropriate time.
- Lead and develop the two finance business partners such they are equally able to support their stakeholders in a similar way.
- Coach and educate the operations team in terms of financial understanding to help them to improve service performance.
- Provide ad hoc financial support to the operations team and other stakeholders as needed.
- Provide ad hoc support to the CFO as needed.
- Provide financial leadership across the broader finance team alongside the Head of Accounting as appropriate.
The Successful Applicant
To become the new Head of Finance Business Partnering, the successful candidate will:
- Have experience of working in a fast-paced finance business partnering role with a commercial and pragmatic outlook.
- Be fully qualified with a recognised accounting qualification (CIMA/ACCA/ACA).
- Have strong leadership and influencing skills, both verbal and written, with the emphasis on taking ownership and achieving results.
- Be a good relationship builder, who is able to build rapport and work collaboratively across all levels of the organisation. Equally is comfortable with both supporting and challenging key stakeholders in a constructive way.
- Have strong analytical and interpretation skills with a proven track record of making commercial judgements.
- Be organised and thorough, comfortable operating both strategically and operationally being hands on where needed.
- Be able to coach and educate non-finance stakeholders, explaining complex financial issues in a simple and easy to understand way.
- Be resilient and flexible, is able to deal with contentious issues and ever changing and competing priorities.
- Have advanced Excel and other Microsoft office skills.
- Have a willingness to travel to support key operations stakeholders across Yorkshire and the North East as needed.
What's on Offer
Benefits of the role include:
- Salary up to £52,000 depending on experience
- 25 days annual leave + 8 statutory bank holidays
- Pension contribution 5% employee 3% employer
- Leeds based
- Flexible working
- 6 month probation period