Finance Business Partner

Posted 03 November 2021
Salary£500 - 700 per day
Job type Contract
DisciplineAccountancy & Finance
Contact NameMatt Byrne-Fraser

Job description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Business Partner to join Bracknell Forest Council on a Contract Basis.

As Finance Business Partner you’ll play a vital role within the council.

Your Role

Provide high quality financial advice and support to a Directorate Management Team, the Executive Director and other Assistant Directors and Members on all matters relating to operations under their control in order that they can properly manage their financial affairs.

Work closely with a Directorate to understand their challenges and issues and use this understanding to provide them with relevant and timely professional financial advice.

Understand the issues facing a particular Directorate in terms of service delivery and work with the Delivery Support Manager to ensure that the financial support available from the Accountancy Support Pool meets that requirement

Keep abreast of the changes in service requirements for a Directorate and plan the personal and functional support required to best support delivery of those changes

About the role

  1. To be the lead financial advisor to an Executive Director, Members, Assistant Directors and external groups, ensuring that the Directorate is fully informed and advised of key issues including new legislation, policy and guidance and related corporate and other Directorate initiatives and providing strategic support and challenge as necessary to ensure revenue and capital budgets are being effectively managed.
  1. Responsible for planning and leading complex projects for a Directorate, including analysing the financial and non-financial implications of changes in the law, policies and strategies and making recommendations to improve financial performance and value for money to the Executive Director, Assistant Directors, other senior managers and Members.
  1. Assess and document financial implications for reports covering a Directorate’s services, ensuring they are clear and brought to the attention of Members, Executive Director, Director: Resources, and Assistant Directors.
  1. Work closely with the Directorate Support Manager to prioritise the Accountancy Support Pool resources to enable effective revenue and capital budget planning and control within a Directorate, identifying budget pressures, economies, additional income, costing alternative strategies and policies and identifying alternative options.
  1. As the Director: Resources’ (S151 officer) representative in the Directorate, make a positive contribution to the efficient execution of the Council’s financial affairs by making recommendations on the implementation of corporate standards of financial probity and monitoring performance against the agreed established standards and highlighting areas where current corporate standards inhibit positive innovation that would enhance value for money.
  1. Provide timely and accurate information on the issues affecting the finances of the Directorate’s services in support of the preparation and monitoring of the Medium Term Financial Strategy and develop where appropriate local procedures or guidance to deal effectively with specific financial issues and risks facing the Directorate such as school budgets, corporate recharges, Downshire Homes Ltd, Waste PFI .
  1. Assist in producing the Council’s statutory annual accounts in line with the corporate timetable, related statutory returns and other financial information related to the Directorate, for approval by the External Auditor, the Council and subsequent publication in accordance with the programme.
  1. To lead effective liaison, negotiations and communications with a wide range of stakeholders and partners to ensure financial management considerations are properly considered in critical decisions, e.g.: Project Boards, contractors, Cost Centre Manager Support Sessions
  1. To ensure all Directorate services comply with statutory financial regulations.
  1. Provide strategic financial input to Directorate and corporate plans and policies.
  1. Such other duties as may from time to time be necessary, compatible with the nature of the post.

Experience which is not essential but desirable includes:  

  • Local authority experience
  • Adult Social Care exposure
  • CCAB Qualified

What’s on offer

  • Salary: £500 to £700 per day
  • Contract Length – 6 to 9 Months
  • Remote working Available

How to Apply

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About Spencer Clarke Group 

Here at Spencer Clarke Group, we pride ourselves on connecting you with the best career opportunities; our experienced Consultants have extensive market knowledge in Accountancy and Finance and will also provide expert career advice along the way. 

When you join us, you will receive: 

  • Post Placement Aftercare
  • Loyalty reward scheme and regular competitions for our agency professionals 

Spencer Clarke Group offer a market leading referral scheme of up to £350* so if you know of someone who may also be looking for an exciting career opportunity, ask them to email their CV to Matt Byrne Fraser on remembering to include your details as well. 

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