Central London, Greater London
£47,445 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Since 1963 the National Children’s Bureau has been at the forefront of campaigning for children and young people’s right to a safe, secure and supported childhood. This dynamic and multifaceted organisation has spent the last three years working to a financial strategy that has strengthened the organisation, delivered in-year sustainability and built reserves. The Finance Business Partner will continue to be an important and highly-valued role at NCB, as we continue that journey. The role has breadth and depth, with autonomy to make a real impact to the charity and scope for well-supported personal development. The role sits in a high-performing Corporate Services function with clear strategic objectives.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support managers in fulfilling their responsibilities as budget holders, including providing budget holders with reliable and relevant information, expert review, challenge, training and support to ensure strong financial management across NCB
  • Be a key liaison between operational teams and the core finance team, to ensure accurate, timely and relevant information required, delivering ongoing technical advice and support to managers
  • Line manage and develop the Finance Officer
  • Assist the Head of Finance & Resources in the preparation of the annual statutory accounts and external audit file, VAT and other statutory returns including liaison with auditors.
  • To deputise for the Head of Finance & Resources as required and fulfil any other duties as requested.


  • Pan-organisational responsibility to advise and challenge all managers on financial decision-making
  • Creating organisation-wide financial policies and procedures derived from external legislation and best practice
  • Providing complex financial modelling, analysis and advice on organisation wide initiatives and issues
  • With support from the Head of Finance and Resources, responsible for developing and redesigning finance processes and procedures, having analysed changing needs, within the team and across all projects
  • To develop strong and productive relationships with budget holders across NCB in order to influence decision making and provide specialist advice
  • Overseeing the whole-organisation budget and driving the process of building budgets and forecasts

Person Specification

  • A qualified (including by experience) accountant, preferably with post-qualification experience in a charity environment.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving skills and an ability to prioritise work and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills; an ability to influence and instill confidence, as well as effectively discuss financial matters with non-finance staff at a range of levels.
  • Knowledge of the Charity SORP and VAT principles are desirable, but an appetite to learn and implement what you learn is far more important
  • A commitment to practices promoting equal opportunities and diversity.


  • NCB will carry out a number of pre-employment checks including a DBS check
  • As part of an ongoing commitment to increasing diversity in NCB’s senior roles such as this, the role offers flexible working, generous leave provisions, an employee assistance programme and a culture of continuous improvement and reflection, open to hearing what support you need
  • The salary of this role is £47,445, with a guaranteed cost of living increase on the 1st of April 2021 (to £48,290). There is a small discretionary uplift on the salary should a candidate demonstrate experience above and beyond the requirements of the role.
  • The deadline for applications is Sunday the 31st February with applications being reviewed on a rolling basis

For more information or to apply, please contact Emma Jaggs at Allen Lane.

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Refreshed on: 14 February 2021
Closed date: 16 March 2021
Tags: Finance, Governance