Senior Finance Business Partner

Leeds Permanent £37,000 - £45,000
  • Senior Finance Business Partner Opportunity
  • An Education Organisation based in Leeds

About Our Client

Luminate Education Group is a group of education providers in Yorkshire. The group delivers education in early years through to further and higher education settings. It's the groups job to make a positive difference to the lives of its students, pupils and apprentices, by delivering quality teaching and training opportunities that will improve their future.

The finance function provides a high-quality service to members of the group. They are currently expanding the finance business partnering team in order to enhance the support provided to budget holders and senior leaders across the group.

Job Description

As a Senior Finance Business Partner, the post holder will take a senior role in the Financial Business Partnering team in the delivery of a customer focussed, highly effective and professional service. The role will provide a high-quality financial management service to a group of budget holders and be the primary finance link for a specific area of the group.

Reporting to the Head of Finance Business Partnering, a Senior Finance Business Partner, will directly line manage other members of staff in the delivery of a range of financial services including:

  • Provision of expert operational and strategic financial advice and management information to senior leaders and budget holders in order to support effective decision-making.
  • Collaboration with senior leaders and budget-holders to:
    • support the business planning process and preparation of the annual budget;
    • provide timely and accurate in-year financial performance reports;
    • support budget holders in the preparation of accurate quarterly forecasts.
  • Provision of financial information and analysis to support the development of business cases.
  • Promoting the efficient and effective stewardship of assets and resources.
  • Preparation of financial information required for the year-end accounts and the preparation of other financial returns.

Departmental Responsibilities:

  • To provide a high-quality business partnering service supporting members of the senior leadership team and a range of budget holders in the effective management of financial resources.
  • Support the Group Senior Leadership Team to embed a strong culture of performance management.
  • Display excellent customer focus and emotional intelligence, effectively role-modelling the group's core values and behaviours expected of senior managers.
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with the Senior Leadership Team and budget holders, challenging and influencing operational decision-makers to ensure that financial considerations are placed at the center of decision-making.
  • Responsible for the preparation, monitoring and control of revenue and capital budgets including preparation of financial reports
  • Co-ordinate month-end and year-end financial processes and reporting in line with organisational deadlines.
  • To champion sound financial practice and compliance with Luminate Education Group Financial Regulations and procedures.
  • To lead the team in improving financial control and supporting budget holders to ensure the group makes the best use of available resources.
  • Continually evaluate the service provided taking into account feedback and broader external developments, to ensure innovative solutions are adopted to maximise service quality, efficiency and continuity.
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of funding streams within the group to enhance the support provided to budget holders.

The Successful Applicant

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a Fully Qualified Accountant ACCA/CIMA/ ACA/ CIPFA ESSENTIAL
  • Have an up to date knowledge of current financial and accounting developments ESSENTIAL
  • Have a thorough understanding of core financial business processes including budget planning, budget monitoring, reporting and preparation of year end accounts ESSENTIAL
  • Have provided high quality financial support and advise as a business partner ESSENTIAL
  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the specific financial and understanding of the specific financial and business context facing a large educational organisation ESSENTIAL
  • Experience of working at a senior level in the finance function of a complex organisation ESSENTIAL
  • Experience of working with non-finance teams and shared services to influence them to implement best financial working practices ESSENTIAL
  • Have strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with good negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners ESSENTIAL
  • Support and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion ESSENTIAL

What's on Offer

The below is on offer for the successful Senior Finance Business Partner appointment:

  • Salary between £37,000- £45,000

  • Hybrid working- 2/3 days a week on site

  • 37 hour week

  • Annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days + 8 bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary college closure days at Christmas

  • Excellent pension schemes with the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and the Teachers' Pension

  • Discounted travel cards for those who regularly use public transport across the region with Northern Rail and Metro
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+44 113 388 9051

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Rachel Tammadge
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+44 113 388 9051
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