Ministry of Defence

Royal Navy Finance Business Partner

Portsmouth, South East England
04 Apr 2024
18 Apr 2024
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

About the job

Job Summary

Finance supports all of the Royal Navy’s activities, from front-line operations to personnel support and training; finance and governance; safety; equipment acquisition; programmes and planning; and Defence Engagement.

The Finance Business Partner is a critical role which is a key member of the Senior Leadership Team for the business you support responsible for influencing the strategic direction of the business and enabling the organisation to deliver against its navy plan, objectives and outcomes. You will be required to act as a finance business partner, delivering accurate, timely and considered strategic financial advice to the Military Operations Budget Holders and SROs in Navy Command whilst safeguarding the taxpayer.

We are looking for someone who is committed to providing an excellent finance service, guiding and supporting senior decision-makers while leading a small and successful team and balancing priorities and challenges. The role will also require collaboration skills to ensure the finance function works optimally across the different parts of the organisation.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Job description

This Finance Business Partner role will require you to utilise abilities and strengths drawn from interpersonal and professional skills supported by deep technical knowledge. By applying these abilities together with their contextual understanding of your business’ strategic goals, plans, performance and risk management, the FBP will be equipped to provide strategic financial advice and enhance the quality of decision-making.

As part of the Navy finance leadership team you will support the development of your team and wider finance function staff, providing opportunities for development and encouraging ideas for improving team performance.

Duties include:

  • Provide Leadership and Line Management to your team.
  • Supporting the business to deliver their outcomes – Working collaboratively with the business and other functions to enable the delivery of business plans and objectives.
  • Driving financial performance – against agreed targets working with partners. Develop an understanding of the drivers behind key variations and work with the business to identify remedial actions, risks and opportunities
  • Providing constructive challenge, scrutiny, insight and analysis on financial plans and programmes to ensure ambitions are sustainable, aligned to strategy, maximise value for money and are linked to benefits.
  • Reporting and analysing the business financial position for consolidation to Head of Corporate Reporting
  • Reviewing Financial Accounting treatment and resolution of accounting anomalies and/or anything adversely impacting the SOFP
  • Supporting your business area in the development of the 10-year plan. Providing constructive challenge, scrutiny, insight and analysis on financial plans and programmes.
  • Input into the development of business cases, investment appraisals and proposals identifying and highlighting any potential issues.

To find opportunities for new efficiencies and support in delivering the existing pipeline.

Implementing Continuous Improvement – embedding continuous improvement in the service finance provides by seeking and delivering those changes that add most value.

Acting as the link between the business and the rest of finance- engaging with the wider business and knowing how to network across the broader function to access deep technical expertise.

Building effective engagement – developing successful partnerships and maintaining relationships with business leadership and across your spere of influence.

For this role the business needs are such that the successful applicant should expect to be regularly in office in Portsmouth with regular travel to other Navy Command locations.

  • A 12-month reserve list will be held for this vacancy, with the potential for other equivalent roles to be filled at a later date.

Person specification

You will have experience of working as a Finance Business Partner in a complex environment. At this level the individual will be able to demonstrate their experience and skill against the following criteria and be confident and articulate briefing at Board Level.

  • Experience of delivering pragmatic and robust approach to financial control and governance, as well as managing a sophisticated financial portfolio
  • Excellent leadership credentials, with a proven track record of developing and leading impactful teams
  • Experience of communicating complex financial information simply and effectively to a range of customers
  • Experience of using financial, operational performance and economic data to deliver insight that both drives and facilitates change and continuous improvement.
  • Acting as the link between the business and the rest of finance, you will build relationships, support the business to deliver their outcomes, drive financial performance, and provide constructive challenge and, scrutiny.


  • CCAB Qualified Accountant, passed finalist or final year considered


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Leadership


Alongside your salary of £57,670, Ministry of Defence contributes £15,570 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

Navy Command prides itself on being a supportive employer and where possible encourages flexible working. We will support the use of a range of flexible working patterns to enable staff to balance home and work responsibilities; and we will treat people fairly irrespective of their working arrangements.

Other benefits for Navy Command civil servants include:

  • 25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • A very competitive pension scheme
  • Personal & professional development
  • Alternative working patterns for many roles
  • Access to a confidential, professional support service
  • Discount schemes
  • Bicycle/season ticket loans
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption leave
  • Special paid leave to volunteer up to 6 days a year

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 17th April 2024

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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