The job of a Save the Children’s UK Finance Business Partner is varied and fulfilling.
- Are you a qualified accountant?
- Do you have a good knowledge of external audit processes and standards?
- Do you have experience using financial modelling to inform financial decisions?
- 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 Head of Finance, the Finance Business Partner will be responsible for maximising impact for children through the delivery of effective and efficient financial performance for the assigned area.
The Finance Business Partner key duties will include supporting financial planning and reporting, providing financial analysis and commercial insight, and informing strategic decision making for their assigned business area to maximise financial contribution and/or optimise impact.
The Finance Business Partner will also be tasked with providing high quality ROI analysis, driving best value for money from investment and supporting successful implementation of our new target operating models and strategy.
As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder 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 key duties will be to:
- Provide strategic and financial decision support to support strong financial and commercial performance as a valued partner
- Provide effective reporting and profitability analysis underpinning regular reviews of business performance
- Input to consolidated departmental analysis and reporting - covering both historic performance and strategic financial planning - for feeding into senior management, Finance Committee and Board papers
- Use complex business modelling (e.g. profitability analysis) to help with financial planning (in-year forecasting, budgeting and longer-term financial planning), investment decision-making and writing business cases
- Support successful delivery of financial planning and reporting processes
- Provide direction, challenge and review of budgets and forecasts for the relevant business areas. Produce analytical inputs and presentation outputs for Directors
- Partner with and support the business areas in developing their strategy. Appraise business cases for investment spend, provide financial and commercial insight and challenging to ensure best value for money
- Support work with our external suppliers, other areas of Save the Children UK, across the Save the Children movement and with other charities to benchmark performance and optimise utilisation of MI and to work on common challenges
- Be a valued member of project steering groups by providing financial and commercial insight including responsibility for providing financial updates to give direction
- Work with Central Finance to ensure operation of an effective internal control framework to ensure statutory accounting, tax, and legal requirements are fulfilled
- Lead development of the financial acumen of budget holders through continuous constructive dialogue and discussion
- Manage period and year end closing
- Qualified chartered accountant (e.g. ACA, CIMA, CIPF etc)
- Technically proficient with knowledge of external audit processes and standards
- Experience of complex financial planning processes and producing consolidated financial modelling, reporting and analysis for senior stakeholders
- Experience using financial modelling to inform investment decisions, financial forecasting, budgeting and long term strategic financial planning
- Business modelling skills (e.g. familiarity with building and using product and/ or marketing channel profitability models to derive comparative ROI metrics such as NPV, IRR and payback periods)
- Experience of and ability to understand interrelationships between different IT systems, complex processes running across multiple teams and the end-to-end production of management accounts
- Strong Microsoft Office skills and must be an advanced Excel user
- Ability to analyse and problem solve to identify and successfully resolve financial issues as they arise
- Ability to understand the broader commercial issues facing the sector and to understand the wider competitive and market environment
- Ability to effectively communicate difficult messages, to challenge constructively and influence outcomes
- Ability to manage and to take responsibility for producing a significant volume of complex deliverables though effective workload planning and prioritisation
- Ability to use own initiative to identify and drive improvements to systems and processes
- A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
- 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.