Finance Business Partner

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JR - FBP3103
Any of our hubs - UK
Accountancy and finance
From £48,000, up to £53,000 per annum
Full Time

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Finance Business Partner
Salary: From £48,000 up to £53,000 per annum depending on experience (when working full time max 35 hours per week)
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hybrid - office based with flexibility to work from home or at any of our hubs

Jisc is the leading UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. We operate shared digital infrastructure and services; negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers; and provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

We believe in technology for good – in improving lives through education and research. Our people want to make a real change – at Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. Being a social enterprise means that no matter how small our individual actions are, the positive impact on our collective is huge.

We’re a place unlike any other, where the best of education fuses with the best of technology to create a unique model with unique opportunities and interesting problems to solve in a diverse and inclusive environment. It’s what keeps our work varied, original and surprising – and that’s why we love it.

We’re gearing up for our most exciting chapter yet – one with the chance to both build new systems and make our mark by improving old ones. Our story will be written by those ready to take on challenges and see them through; the kind of people who never stop learning, celebrating differences and using it to drive better solutions.

The team:
In finance we enable Jisc to achieve its strategic objectives by providing prudent and effective financial compliance, management and advice. We are responsible for maintaining Jisc’s solvency and liquidity. This includes all finance and tax matters, reporting, control, budgeting and forecasting at a group, directorate and service levels. We also manage all procurements across Jisc and assist and support the work of colleagues across Jisc.

The Finance Business Partner (‘FBP’) ensures that financial reports for internal and external users accurately reflect the financial position of the company. The FBP provides financial and strategic support to specific operational directorates within Jisc.

About you:
We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box but we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you can do most of what we’re looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need!

We are looking for:
• Demonstrable and proven experience in month-end management accounts including accruals & prepayments, variance analysis and commentary preparation
• Experience preparing forecast and budget information
• Fully qualified accountant with post qualification experience in a Finance Business Partner role
• Experience in improving and implementing processes to support the team
• Ability to liaise effectively across all levels of the organisation including directors of the organisation

About the role:
This is an exciting new role within the Finance team. You will build partnerships and maintain strong relationships with senior managers in the business and their teams. You will drive financial management and insight, including identifying possible areas for focus and improvement and develop cost mitigation, income generation or risk management strategies.

This FBP role supports the managing director for higher education and research. This FBP role is a key partner in ensuring the significant high value and volume financial transactions related to this area of the business are timely, accurate and accounted for correctly.

Other responsibilities will include:
• Review of month end journals including accruals and prepayments
• Producing monthly management reporting for your directorate/s with insightful commentary and variance analysis of the results, aiming to list strategy with execution. Identifying risks and opportunities and advising accordingly
• To lead the annual budgeting and twice annual forecasting exercises for your business area, challenging business assumptions as appropriate
• Working collaboratively with the wider finance business partner team to promote and share business partnering ideas, learnings, experiences and best practice

Why work at Jisc:
We want to make sure our people have the flexibility they need to balance their personal lives and do well at work. So, we focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working, including flexible hours and working from home.

You can look forward to a rewarding job with opportunities to develop and make a real difference to the education and research sectors. At Jisc we offer hybrid working so you have the flexibility to work from home or if you prefer, from any of our offices. At times you may be required to attend meetings, however there are situations where you may need to work from the office more often, but will be dependent on your role requirement.

We’re always learning and developing. All our people have access to a huge variety of learning resources to help them achieve this.

Our benefits are great too. We offer:
• 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays and three additional days Christmas closure) and flexible agile working
• A range of health and wellbeing benefits, including access to wellbeing support
• The option to join a generous pension scheme
• A wide range of discounts, a cycle scheme, financial wellbeing savings and season ticket loans, as well as a range of other benefits
• We also offer generous parental leave arrangements, career breaks and volunteer leave

Connecting with each other is easy, thanks to our technology but getting face to face is something we value and find time for when we can. Our main offices are Bristol, London, Harwell and Manchester, so you may need to travel on occasion.

Other stuff you need to know
At Jisc we celebrate diversity and know that it is critical for our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive. So, if you are great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.

If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, let us know. We will be happy to help.

Just so you know, we review CVs as we receive them, and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match (usually within a week). We don’t use closing dates. So, please apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this role. We advertised this role on 31/03/2022