£14.76 - £15.49 per hour
3 months ago
Our client is seeking a Finance Business Partner on an initial 3 month contract with the possibility of an extension.
37 Hours per week
Monday - Friday
- To represent the Senior Finance Business Partner (Financial Planning) and champion excellent management of financial resources, promoting probity, efficiency, high performance and overall value for money.
- Ensure that officers and members are provided with high quality strategic advice and direction on financial strategies, policy, standards and practices, enabling services to make timely and well-informed decisions in the knowledge of the impact those decisions will have financially on the Council.
- Drive the delivery of productivity and efficiency improvement and cost reduction plans across the Council and the identification and securing of new funding streams.
Duties and Responsibilities:
To set, monitor and control relevant budgets in compliance with regulations and to meet the objectives set in the Section's Business Plan, and the Council's Service Delivery Plan.
To understand costs to ensure the Council is providing value for money in delivering its services, and to provide high quality and innovative advice on financial matters affecting the Council.
Produce accurate financial forecasts highlighting potential opportunities and risks with suggested recommendations and mitigation's where these are required.
To understand customer needs and provide them with a service they value. This will include providing excellent advice, information and guidance on financial matters to facilitate decision making.
To assist and constructively challenge budget holders to help them carry out their financial duties and achieve successful business development through supporting change programmes, efficiency improvements and cost reductions.
To provide training to develop the finance skills of budget holders and non-finance managers.
To take an active role in developing and utilising financial and other IT systems to deliver and facilitate excellent financial management of the Councils resources and to suggest and support change management effectively.
To assist in ensuring the proper administration of financial affairs and monitor compliance with relevant financial standards and legislation, whilst supporting the delivery of a programme of continuous improvement.
Lead or play a critical supporting role on projects particularly concerning financial implications, coordinating sometimes multi-disciplinary teams at all levels to achieve positive outcomes and providing solutions.
To assist in the closure of the Council's annual accounts and in their submission for audit to the Council's external auditor.
To ensure that the output and quality of work is of a high standard and complies with current legislation and standards.
To attend and represent the Section at Committee meetings if required.
To undertake such other duties appropriate to the gadding of the post.
Skills and Experience:
Minimum of two years recent experience in a finance environment producing reports using a variety of IT systems and providing high quality advice.
A high level of understanding of Local Government finance and budgetary work.
Experience of developing and maintaining good working relationships with colleagues and external contacts to achieve service outcomes.
Identifying opportunities to develop financial systems and processes.
Experience of producing high quality and accurate financial reports for management information.
Effectively communicate to deliver a positive reputation through relationships with colleagues and customers.
Establish and promote a customer-focused culture across the service and Council.
Ability to advise managers and other staff on a variety of finance related issues.
Drive service improvement through challenging processes and ways of working and undertaking option appraisal and sensitivity work.
Excellent working knowledge of Excel, Word and other financial systems.
Ability to produce and understand detailed/complex financial reports (utilising IT systems) to aid decision-making, to be used by a variety of users.
Ability to demonstrate a continuous approach to learning and development, keeping abreast of changes affecting Local Government finance, by attending relevant seminars, training and undertaking self-learning.
Good analytic skills for interpreting information from a variety of sources.
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