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Finance Business Partner

Trace Recruit
£45k - 55k per year
Closing date
30 Nov 2020

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Finance & Legal
Full Time
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12m FTC Finance Business Partner, South East London – Higher Education, up to £55,000

A London based university is looking for a qualified Management Accountant/Finance Business Partner to join their team for a 12-month fixed term contract. Suitable candidates will have an accountancy qualification and lots of experience presenting to senior stakeholders and budget holders within the business. This role sits as part of a large finance function, reporting directly into the Head of Management Accounts.   

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing information advice and support to Faculty Operating Officers, Heads of Department, Heads of Directorates & Financial Managers to enable them to plan and manage the financial affairs of Faculties and Directorates.
  • Representing the Finance Directorate on working and project groups.
  • Faculties\Directorates: business partner; financial information and advice to enable objectives to be achieved; revenue and capital forecasting; development of financial plans and budgets; progress against plans and forecast outturns; link between strategy and resourcing; staffing requirements and financial sustainability of new and replacement posts; capital expenditure planning; cost\benefit analyses; course and programme costing; financial training to relevant faculty and directorate staff.
  • Corporate level (analysis): financial analysis; financial sustainability of business units; financial forecasting; financial benchmarking; financial appraisals.
  • Corporate level (planning and control); budget development; progress against plan and forecast outturns; salary forecasting; cash forecasting; financial forecasting; balance sheet management.
  • Corporate level (management reporting); management accounts for University and subsidiaries; related analysis and information for Executive and Court Committees; other management reports. 
  • Supporting the Head of Management Accounts in achieving the objectives of the management accounting team; financial analysis; improving quality of outputs; adapting to changed requirements; improvement to financial models and work processes; enhancement to reporting platforms (Business Objects); maintain currency of financial procedural manual (vis-à-vis management information policy and procedures).
  • Other activities consistent with the varied and developing demands of the role.
  • Ensuring that advice to Faculties\Directorates is consistent with corporate objectives and University strategy.
  • Application of professional judgement giving advice and information to Faculties and Directorates, and in assessing the outcomes of their financial plans.
  • Compliance with applicable accounting standards and statutory requirements.
  • Adhere to and promote the University’s Equality and Diversity policies.
  • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations.
  • Support and promote the University’s Sustainability policies, including the Carbon Management Plan, and carry out duties in a resource efficient way, recognising the shared responsibility of minimising the university's negative environmental impacts wherever possible.

Key Skills & Qualifications:

  • Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA accountant
  • Can be straight from practice or come from an industry background
  • Not for Profit experience, particularly higher education, would be a bonus but not essential
  • Highly computer literate with advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and computerised accounts systems
  • Proactive, solution focussed individual
  • Ready to drive for improvements and change within the team
  • Strong presenting and interpersonal skills


Trace is a London based specialist Accountancy & Finance recruitment consultancy. We deliver permanent and interim briefs in London and the Home Counties across Industry & Commerce, Financial Services and Not for Profit.

Our Consultant's specialise in a Market and either Permanent or Interim, and are trained with a suite of tools to offer an additional level of service and assessment so often promised but rarely delivered by our competitors that ensure we live up to our promise - Tracing Talent that Fits.

We believe that it is our intuition regarding person and company "fit" that makes the difference. But how do you quantify "fit" - and how is it measured?

We believe in 3 layers of fit when assessing a candidate:


1. Has the candidate got the right qualifications and experience?

2. Are they any good at what they do? Are they competent?

3. Will they fit into the organisation?


Currently the third layer is typically based on an instinctive point of view by the recruiter you engage with. Trace has launched the Predictive Fit Profiler to help assess “fit”. As part of our recruitment process every candidate we represent will complete the online profiler assessing, personality type, thinking style, cultural compatibility and motivations bringing an extra level of insight into our process, increasing the success rate of the recruitment we deliver. We are also able to profile your team so we can match your internal culture carries against external talent.


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