Finance Business Partner
At Shropshire Council, we’re working to make Shropshire a great place to live, learn and work.
Shropshire has a beautiful natural environment, a rich cultural heritage, strong communities, good schools and low crime. The quality of life brings people here and makes them want to stay.
At Shropshire Council, we are investing in our staff and our systems, offering opportunities to take part in leadership and development programmes, and transforming the way that we work through our major digital transformation programme.
In Finance, we’re looking for a Finance Business Partner to join our Business Partnering team. Our established team provides a strategic and value-added service, delivering commercially-minded financial advice. This is an exciting time to join the team, as Shropshire Council responds to significant funding changes, providing the Business Partners with real opportunity to drive efficiency and change.
The role will support the council’s Adult Services and Public Health directorates.
As Finance Business Partner, you will play an integral part in the directorates’ management teams, supporting strategic policy development and ensuring that a high standard of financial discipline is a fundamental part of decision-making processes.
Through appropriate support and challenge you will provide senior managers, budget holders and directors with expert business-related advice on financial management, accounting issues and value for money. You will take an active role in the ongoing management and implementation of high value and complex programmes and contracts, delivering excellence in reporting, analysis, financial control and decision-making. You will provide effective short, medium and longer term planning, analytically reviewing financial performance and identifying underlying cost drivers. You will ensure that financial best practice is applied across the client directorates.
A key aspect of the role is regular dealings with budget holders and senior managers, finding solutions to issues in their policy areas, assessing the financial impacts from policy decisions, and advising on budget management. In addition, you will be responsible for ensuring that financial information is collated and reported accurately within the Council’s finance systems, and that risks and opportunities to the wider Council financial position are clearly understood.
You will have line management responsibility for three colleagues within the Business Partner team.
What You’ll Need to Succeed
To succeed in this role you will be CCAB qualified or part-qualified, with experience of providing financial advice and support to senior management within a large and complex organisation. You will have knowledge and understanding of local government finance as well as demonstrable experience of budgetary control, financial management and financial planning.
You will be confident in engaging with colleagues across the organisation and within our partner organisations, and have excellent communication and influencing skills. You will be proactive in identifying trends, opportunities for change and solutions to budget problems and you will be an advocate for improvements in financial management.
You will be competent in the use of Excel, with a practical knowledge of accounting standards.
For further information about the role please contact Claire Spencer on 01743 258941 or at firstname.lastname@example.org