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Finance Business Partner

Posted: 7 Apr 2021 Closes: 7 May 2021
Peterborough, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time NWR_IRC2209221

About Network Rail

Network Rail are on a mission. The mission is to become one of Britain's best employers and believe that starts with our colleagues and customers who we put at the heart of everything we do!

We're passionate about great service, and ask ourselves; what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? We pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. View our short video on our Putting Passengers and Freight First (PPFF) programme that outlines some key things we are working on as a business.

The Eastern region operates some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to and from busy cities including Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, York, Norwich, Cambridge and London.

Brief Description

We have an exciting opportunity to join us as a Finance Business Partner, working in our Peterborough depot, engaging with maintenance and capital renewals for the Peterborough delivery unit area.

You will become a key part of the business, influencing compliance with route budgets, understanding cost drivers to deliver efficiencies, and bringing strategic finance to life for our non-finance staff, supporting the needs of the team from senior management to front-line.
About the role (External)

Your roles and responsibilities may include but are not limited to...
  • Lead and provide financial advice and guidance to senior budget holders in understanding the impact of the period results and forecasts against budgets, so they can understand their business better.
  • Be the specialist in the function on accounting practices and advise on financial results and forecasts for budget holders, including preparing period accruals, transfers and adjustments to validate accounts are reflective, relevant.
  • Manage corporate governance throughout the cost centres they manage, conducting deep dives and reviewing compliance with financial regulations to protect the business from legal or negative consequences.
  • Deliver expert and accurate business review information and reporting and highlight any significant issues with financial and other business results to enable informed decision making by the business area.
  • Engage and influence senior members of the team to help them understand their financial position and use professional expertise to guide in initiatives to improve business performance
  • Build bottom up, detailed plans to manage and develop the production of business plans and budgets to enable good corporate governance and value add analysis for senior leaders
  • Identify and proactively lead commercial risks, including the financial suitability of new customers or suppliers reducing the potential risk impact on the business area and influencing decision makers.
  • Manage the performance of central accounting functions to deliver for the cost centre area to enable an efficiently and effective accounting service.
  • Collate, investigate and make recommendation for investment appraisals and business case analysis to aid business decisions.
  • Model and analyse cost base and identify and drive opportunities and efficiencies to achieve area targets.
The skills and experience we'll need you to have...
  • Able to demonstrate strong understanding of business needs and relevant application of accounting standards
  • A membership (or working towards) of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA) or equivalent experience
  • Expert knowledge and experience of maintaining accounts and annual budget
  • Significant experience within relevant finance subject areas
  • Strong excel skills and use of data manipulation
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to interpret technical accounting regulations into everyday language
  • Demonstrable effective influencing skills at a senior level
  • Significant understanding of financial control and risk
  • Excellent technical finance and accounting knowledge
We'd also like you to have, but it isn't crucial...
  • Understanding of project management principles and experience of leading sophisticated projects
  • A membership of a relevant accounting body
  • Extensive experience of Oracle based systems
  • Degree or equivalent qualification in finance and accounting or business management or experience

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