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Job Title: Senior Finance Business Partner

Band: 5

Number of Positions: 2

Salary: £56,031 – £62,261

Location: Liverpool

Term: 12 Months Fixed Term

Hours: Full time/Compressed

Closing Date: 16/05/24

Would you like to be a Senior Finance Business Partner? Do you enjoy strategic and tactical decision making? Do you like to influence, negotiate and work collaboratively to promote innovation?

Job Summary

The role is to work closely with CCS Directorates creating a real and active partnership with both commercial and non-commercial Directorates  and financial management.

The role will provide ‘real time’ support and analysis, to be a trusted adviser and to add value that will assist in decision making in an efficient simple manner to improve the accuracy, consistency and transparency of commercial delivery, reporting and forecasting.

We are recruiting to two posts within the Finance Planning and Performance team. One post will be more commercial focused whereas the other will be more project focused. Both roles will be assigned areas of the business to suppose as Senior Finance Business Partner.

The Finance, Planning and Performance Directorate

As a directorate, FPP are responsible for the planning, reporting and financial wellbeing of CCS. This includes:

  • budgets and financial reporting

  • strategy and business planning

  • supplier and project assurance

  • performance reporting

  • risk management

The Finance team develop and manage all financial reporting. We work closely with different departments to develop budgets, projections and business plans related to money and finances.

The Planning Performance and Risk team develops our business plan, tracks its implementation, measures business success and holds the business to account. The team is responsible for increasing the management capability of corporate risk through review and assurance.

Team Summary

These fantastic opportunities sit in the Finance Planning and Performance (FPP) Directorate and provide both commercial, projects and general finance advice, support and challenge to all Directorates across CCS.

Our team really makes a difference ensuring financial governance, control and alignment is maintained and delivery plans are affordable, regular, proper and represent value for money. The team protects, drives and adds value, ensuring that the Accounting Officer position is protected with balanced commercial and professional reporting.

The Finance team of c30 FTE covers three main areas: Operational Finance, Finance Business Partnering (FBP) and Commercial Finance.  One of the roles sits in the FBP team and the second sits in Operational Finance with a dotted line to the FBP team. The second role also has line management responsibility for two individuals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with commercial (post 1 only) and non-commercial colleagues and finance professionals to measure and analyse business performance.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across governance functions to drive the project finance function forward and lead a small project finance team  (post 2 only)

  • Ensure the requirements of the financial processes are met through the Commercial Directorate and assigned non-commercial Directorates

  • Work across stakeholders of the financial planning and forecasting processes to ensure user needs are met and consistency and transparency embedded

  • Facilitate discussions around business performance and risks and opportunities

  • Utilise Workday, Adaptive Planning and other data tools in an efficient manner to support the transfer of business information across CCS

  • Develop and implement reporting and forecasting processes and templates aligned to financial requirements

  • Support, advise and challenge on Business Cases, including commercial, project investment and partnerships, particularly on any financial aspects

  • Convey complex financial reports, processes and information in a simple manner

  • Be able to calculate and understand commercial benefits and the quantification of value generated by procurement activities.

  • Ensure Business stakeholders are trained in required financial systems.

Essential Criteria (To be assessed at application stage):

  • Strong technical finance and accounting system skills

  • Experience of understanding, managing and analysing complex  financial processes

  • Experience of working effectively with multiple stakeholders with varying levels of financial knowledge

  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of Project techniques and business cases

  • Qualified or part-qualified Accountant, or a willingness to  work towards a professional accounting qualification

Desirable criteria 

  • Commercial and procurement knowledge or experience of supporting these areas

In the event of a high number of applications, the desirable criteria will be used as a second sift.

Success profiles (To be assessed at interview stage):

You will be assessed against the following Behaviours:

  • Seeing the bigger picture

  • Communicating and influencing

  • Working Together

  • Making effective decisions

You will be assessed against Experience

And the following Technical skills:

  • Business Case Assessment

(A link to the Civil Service Success Profiles Framework is provided below)

Success Profiles Framework

What we will offer you, here are some of the benefits you can expect:

  • Competitive salary

  • Generous pension scheme

  • A discretionary non-contractual performance related bonus

  • Working remotely in addition to working in advertised office location

  • Flexi time scheme (available for B1-B6)

  • Minimum 25 days annual leave to a maximum service related 30 days excluding bank holidays

Explore fully how we will reward your work.

Want to make a difference? Find out more about the rewarding work that we do in our candidate pack.

At CCS, we actively support, promote and celebrate our differences for the benefit of our employees, suppliers and customers. CCS is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. CCS believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to our success and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people.

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan and the Civil ServiceD&I Strategy.

We want to make our recruitment process accessible to everyone, so if there is any way that we can support you, please contact recruitment@crowncommercial.gov.uk

Working flexibly, delivering outcomes

CCS is a flexible business with a smarter working model where our colleagues benefit from a mix of home and office working. Successful candidates are expected to work from one of the office locations listed. Our current office attendance approach requires a minimum of 26 days per quarter (approx 2 days per week, which may be subject to change) in CCS office locations or off site meetings with suppliers, customers, partners, networking / industry events. This is pro rata for those who work part time. Our smarter working principles mean that our people have the advantage of both office and offsite based collaboration and learning, as well as working from home. This way of working allows us to honour our commitment to being a responsible business, offer flexibility and better work life balance as well as ensuring we deliver our business with confidence and in accordance with our CCS values.

Selection Process

Candidates who are successful at sift will be contacted as soon as possible following the closing date and advised of the interview process in more detail. The sift will commence WC 20th May and interviews will be held WC 27th May either at one of our offices or via video with interview times and dates to be confirmed. (Subject to change)

To find out more about our recruitment process please click here

Please note: Applicants can make use of artificial intelligence but the information presented at application must be factual.

A reserve list may be held for up to 12 months, which the Civil Service may use to fill future suitably similar vacancies across government for candidates who are considered appointable following interview. Should you be placed on a reserve list and want to be removed please contact recruitment@crowncommercial.gov.uk.

Complaints procedure

Our recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

 If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact recruitment@crowncommercial.gov.uk in the first instance.

If you remain unsatisfied with the response you receive you can then contact the Civil Service Commission at info@csc.gov.uk 

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