Network Rail

Senior Finance Business Partner

Network Rail
United Kingdom
GBP 24.59 - 27.66 per hour
23 Feb 2021
25 Feb 2021
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About Network Rail Vacancy Type: Full-time, permanent.

Location: This role is based at The Quadrant: MK.

Closing date: 25 th February 2021.

Band & Salary: 3C, £51,156 - £57,551.

We at Network Rail are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the candidate at the heart of everything we do.

We're continuing to build a more diverse and inclusive organisation which is representative of the passengers we serve. To do this, it is essential we become a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation, harnessing the skills and expertise of all our people and attracting the best talent to help us have a safe, accessible railway for everyone. To learn more about how Diversity and Inclusion is important to Network Rail please click here .

We believe that investing in our people is one of the most effective ways of improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway. To learn about the benefits we offer please click here .

For more information about Network Rail please click here , or for more information on how we recruit, please click here .

Brief Description Our finance function is key to our success. Our diverse and high-achieving team is responsible for ensuring we secure appropriate funding and get the best possible value for the money we spend, driving forward our continuing mission to transform the UK's rail network into a world-class infrastructure.

We are looking for a Senior Finance Business Partner within System Operator to work as an integral member of the supported business senior leadership team to proactively identify, plan and meet the finance needs of the business. You'll provide positive challenge to Senior Leaders, budgets and business activities to enable the best business outcomes are delivered.

The System Operator team is passionate about capacity. We shape plans for tomorrow's railway to meet future needs of passengers and freight users. By understanding what the future requirements are, we can plan the long-term capability of the network, promoting the efficient use of network capacity. We help our regional businesses and operator customers to improve the railway for the millions of people who use it every single day.

About the role (External) What will you be doing?

  • Consolidate, critically review and provide technical advice and guidance on periodic financial results and forecasts to Identify and monitor risks, opportunities and efficiencies to minimise the financial and legal impact on the business area.
  • Provide robust professional recommendations and financial guidance on accounting guidelines and standards to enable the business to be financially and legally compliant.
  • Provide technical and professional oversight of the periodic accounts, relevant analysis and preparation of business plans and budgets to enable the business to make effective decisions.
  • Develop, understand and influence the cost and income drivers relevant to the business area to deliver the yearly business plan and manage to the overall settlement by effective decision making.
  • Influence, coach and challenge senior budget holders in understanding the impact of their period results and forecasts against budgets in order to manage their business more effectively and manage within budgeting limits.
  • Proactively challenge budget holders plans and budget submissions to understand the overall plan, providing advice and new initiatives to save costs and be more efficient as an organisation.
  • Drive, adapt and deliver key KPI'S and deliverables for the function, highlighting any significant issues and trends with financial and other business results to aid decision makers to make efficiencies.
  • Lead in budget holder key meetings on financial performance to provide professional financial advice and guidance to drive business decisions, minimise risk and deliver good corporate governance.
  • Develop, drive and implement investment decisions and new business activities, working collaboratively with senior leaders to explore new opportunities and drive business performance.
What skills and experience are we looking for?

  • Membership (or working towards membership) of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW) or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills all levels. This should include Customers; 3rd party representatives, other business & functional leaders and key support personnel.
  • Successful relevant experience working in a complex financial environment including demonstrable experience in managing business risks, professional financial control and forward planning.
  • Demonstrable record of budget management, governance and ability to understand and interpret commercial and financial landscapes (budgets, forecasts, actual status).
  • Significant experience in managing ambiguity in a financial environment with strong evaluation and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent technical Financial and Accounting knowledge and application of that knowledge in a complex and commercial environment.
  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline, for example accounting and finance, business management or equivalent demonstrable experience in finance.
We would also like, but it isn't crucial:

  • Full membership of relevant post graduate professional body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW).
  • Experience of Oracle based systems.
  • Substantial experience within multiple finance disciplines.
  • Knowledge and technical expertise of Government accounting and relevant financial governance.
  • Understanding of project management principles and experience of managing complex projects to successful conclusion.
How to apply (External) Click 'Apply now' to submit your application.

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