Senior Finance Business Partner

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
£46,435 - £60,689 (Grade B)
29 Jul 2019
27 Aug 2019
Job Title
Business Partner
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Finance Business Partner


£46,435 - £60,689 (Grade B)

CITB aims to lead the construction sector by example to ensure fairness, inclusion and respect for all. We seek to build a workforce that reflects Britain’s diverse population and people from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply for vacancies. Our main objective is to create a culture that helps all of our customers strive towards a workforce that is reflective of today’s society

Role Purpose

Finance Business Partners are directly responsible for providing Executive and Leadership members with strategic advice, guidance and support to enable them to effectively manage their portfolios.

The portfolios comprise a significant sector of CITB’s overall portfolio 1. Policy & Strategy; 2 Products and Services/Apprenticeships; 3. Industry Relations and Marketing; 4. Corporate Services & Change

Ensure senior stakeholders have accurate and timely financial information, analysis and advice to enable the business to plan and manage its business from strategy through to operational delivery.

Guide and manage the Executive and Leadership team through required financial and planning processes such as forecasting, budgeting, operational planning and delivery challenging and supporting as appropriate

Where appropriate lead, develop and manage a team of qualified financial analysts who will support across CITB’s entire portfolio

Key Responsibilities and accountabilities

These include a wide variety from the following, but are not limited to:

1. Develop personal relationship management with Executive, their LT and their direct reports – become embedded within the Business Unit – to develop trust, to get effective communication, to know the business and understand the people and the issues, to deal with issues before they escalate, to provide advice when it is needed

2. On a monthly basis work across the LT and Executive to enable sound financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting based on business plans to ensure LT and Executive understand any issues of affordability, achievability and ensure value for money for CITB

3. Forward business planning, take the overall strategic direction and work with the LT and Executive to develop plans (including £) that will deliver strategy, demonstrating good advice and ensuring value for money

4. Give opinions, views and analysis on future performance, current performance and impact on deliverability – using trends and historical information as well as in-depth knowledge of the portfolio to shape views to the LT and Executive to ensure plans remain on track – both challenging and supporting as needed

5. Demonstrate the ability to challenge appropriately the intention of senior and line management in order to uphold a consistent organisational approach to delivery of business deliverables in line with organisational policy and procedures.

6. Monitor and evaluate deliverables and develop/recommend mitigating actions to Executive and Leadership team if performance is off track and if actions need to be taken in order to deliver effectively, working across the Executive Director’s wider team to achieve this

7. External environment – keep up to date on external factors in order to provide a business area with sound business advice, scenario modelling and intelligence in a fully contextualised manner

8. Write bespoke Exec papers in order to provide the Executive with the basis for decision making on key issues of the day

9. Bespoke interpretive thinking – report and analysis – proactive and innovative creative thinking relevant to the Executive’s and LT’s portfolios to bring to their attention anything that is risky or could be important and may cause issues – giving options and advice and opinion

10.Work across the Executive’s portfolio and LT and operational management to develop performance measures and reporting tools to provide information and insight to drive performance improvements in the management of operational performance, and facilitating Business partner working with operational managers.

Decision Making and Business Impact

11.These roles support a significant/high profile area of the business, involving or including, regular change, with complex income streams which require considerable analytical skills and a proactive approach to risk management and communication to relevant stakeholders

12.These roles are responsible for supporting functions where significant sums of money come into the organisation, therefore a proportion of the role involves interaction with external stakeholders

13.The nature of the business area activities have a significant impact on the wider organisation’s operations and direction/reputation, i.e. Levy/Grant and Apprenticeships, which therefore requires regular and deep level of engagement across functions and within the operational management teams

14.Ensure problem resolution and key decisions are reached by undertaking and advising on a business-horizon scan that embraces a diverse range of sources (including market changes, customer needs, legal framework, other CITB teams etc.); ensure the application of advanced analytical skills and techniques in the evaluation of factual and qualitative information in complicated or novel situations

15.In order to meet some of the key objectives, there needs to be a good level of external environmental knowledge which are applied to supporting the business area, e.g. changes in government policy and market forces affecting the economic conditions for levy/grant activities, different funding bodies rules and regulations, market forces

16.There is a requirement to understand a broad range of data sources. Decisions are made or recommended on the basis of the analysis of raw and sometimes complex data sources.

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