The job of a Save the Children’s UK Finance Business Partner is varied and fulfilling.
- Are you a qualified accountant?
- Do you have strong financial and commercial background?
- Do you have excellent relationship building and partnering skills?
- Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?
If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!
Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.
Reporting directly to the Senior Finance Business Partner, the Finance Business Partner will be responsible for maximising impact for children through the delivery of effective and efficient financial performance across our international projects.
The Finance Business Partner will work closely with the team to proactively support the organisation by providing relevant financial information and add value using financial analysis.
This includes preparation of monthly and quarterly management accounts, annual budgeting, quarterly reforecasting and ad hoc analysis as required. This is to provide support in decision-making across relevant areas of the organisation and report as necessary to senior management, Directors and the Board
As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The Finance Business Partner will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.
The Finance Business Partner will provide strategic and financial decision support to client areas to underpin strong financial performance. Key duties include:
Business Partnering and Strategic Financial Decision Support
- Providing strategic and financial decision support to assigned divisions and departments. Providing constructive challenge where necessary
- Assisting the teams in developing their strategy and building business cases for investment spend within their areas
- Providing financial and commercial insight and challenge to ensure best value for money and efficiencies
- Working with budget holders and their teams to understand the assigned divisions and department’s activities and drivers of income and cost
- Developing the financial acumen of budget holders through constructive dialogue and discussion
Financial Processes and Project Support
- Driving process improvements to improve efficiency and control
- Providing finance support to organisation-wide initiatives and Finance projects (e.g. financial reporting improvement, electronic expenses and e-procurement)
Budgeting, Forecasting and Monthly Reporting
- Preparing, consolidating, presenting and uploading forecasts, budgets and longer-term financial plans, working together with business areas. Analysing, commenting on and challenging proposed plans throughout the process
- Preparing monthly reporting for and leading monthly business reviews with assigned teams. Communicating understanding of financial performance based on variance analysis
- Improving the impact of financial reporting on organisational performance
- Supporting the business on the financial components of donor reporting, ensuring reporting timelines are met and compliance with donor reporting requirements across a range of donor types
- Qualified accountant
- Experience in the preparation of revenue budgets and forecasts as well as the analysis of variances between actual and budgeted/forecasted expenditure
- Experience modelling financial scenarios and preparing high level documentation to aid decision-making
- Track record of developing the awareness of commercial issues facing an organisation
- Strong Microsoft Office skills with advanced Excel skills
- Ability to understand issues and present solutions clearly, succinctly and confidently
- Able to juggle multiple priorities and deliver to deadlines and respond at short notice to a wide variety of tasks
- Ability to deliver and remain calm and confident in rapidly changing and time-pressured environments
- Ability to establish professional credibility quickly with colleagues, and to interact effectively at all levels and across all departments
- A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity
Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.