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Finance

Finance Business Partner – 48904
£36,049 - £4,109,541,747
National

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Background

The Ministry of Justice sits at the heart of public service delivery and the government’s wider social reform agenda, working to protect and advance the principles of justice. The department has been at the forefront of the Government’s wider efficiency agenda making a finance roles an exciting and challenging opportunity.

The Ministry’s functional leadership model for finance brings together specialists into a single, unified team across the Department with the vision of putting finance at the heart of decision making. This change is being conducted through the Future Finance Programme.

The Finance Business Partnering (FBP) teams supports budget holders across the department, assisting them in delivering their financial management responsibilities, ensuring corporate controls and processes are followed and supporting the business areas to have confidence in their financial position and to drive efficiency.

The department is adopting the cross-government FBP vision, as set out in the “Excellence in Finance Business Partnering” handbook, where FBPs will be providing the best possible service to the business by a combination of business, partnering and technical skills in synergy. They will be the business expert, the influential voice and the financial advisor. This handbook is available on  https://e-pims.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/OneFinance/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fOneFinance.

In order to achieve this vision, FBP teams will work alongside the businesses they support, and have a close understanding of their business to enable them to help drive better outcomes from ensuring that finance is at the heart of decision making. The FBP role is to protect value, drive value and add value to the business.

Purpose of the role

The main purpose of the FBP teams is to provide strategic support and challenge to business areas, in line with the FBP Directorate delivery plan, and to ensure that decisions are made with reference to financial information and consequences, putting finance at the heart of decision making.

The FBP should spend a significant proportion of their time within the business, interacting regularly to build and sustain trust, ensuring they keep strategic oversight of all agendas.

The FBP teams will work with other Finance teams across the function to provide a high-quality finance service to the department, and in particular form a close co-operative relationship with the Management Accounting Centre of Excellence.

Key responsibilities

The service provided by the FBP teams will be in line with the adoption of the cross-government vision set out in the “Excellence in Finance Business Partnering” handbook and be built around three distinct services.

1. The Business Expert

The post holder will support the Deputy Director and Senior Finance Business Partner in the strategic finance leadership of functional areas within the business area, covering or deputising where appropriate. They will be required to develop an understanding of the long-term strategy of the business areas they are asked to support, considering the strategies of both the wider department and overall business vision.

The post holder must be able to clearly communicate technical, business and financial information to external stakeholders, using the most appropriate methods. They will be expected to proactively identify gaps in financial knowledge within the business, and put in place mechanisms to support the enhancement of financial skills within their business.

The Finance Business Partner must display a knowledge of the operational priorities and short, medium and long term. targets that their assigned business areas must meet, and be capable of advising on key business planning assumptions, trade-offs and opportunities. They should be able to support the strategic vision of the business by offering a broader overview of the department and wider government priorities.

The post holder will provide ad hoc analysis and additional insight on specific issues – using resources provided from the Management Accounting team and other Finance expertise outside of their FBP team.

2. The Influential Voice

The post holder will be responsible for building and maintaining effective key stakeholder relationships within their own areas of responsibility and the wider business area. They should display an ability to remain focused on the overall business strategic vision during negotiations, and when to challenge for the benefit of the business.

They will be required to partner leadership teams to support decision-making and governance, including attendance at and influencing governance and senior leadership team/boards. This will include building a partnership with key stakeholders within the business, including identifying who may hold conflicting interests and managing these accordingly, to support and influence key operational and strategic business decisions of the business.

The Finance Business Partner will support the business to improve efficiency and to manage their budgets effectively, working in partnership to flag opportunities and risks early and use data to support, challenge and assure decisions being taken by stakeholders and to drive better outcomes.

They will foster a culture of knowledge sharing, a collaborative environment between business, finance and other corporate services.

3. The Financial Advisor

The post holder will provide specialist financial advice to the business including delivering robust accurate forecasts, value for money on contracts, identifying costs and benefits in any investment decisions, and contributing to the design and review of business specific financial planning models and business cases.

They will support and co-ordinate the interaction of other financial experts with the business as required (e.g. Tax CoE, Commercial Finance Team, Financial Strategy & Planning) to provide detailed support and challenge. This will include supporting the relationship with the Management Accounting team, to ensure an appropriate and effective split of responsibilities, and in collaboration with the Management Accounting team add insight to data and business information.

The Finance Business Partner will support the work of the Deputy Director and Senior Finance Business Partner focussed on helping budget holders interpreting and fulfilling their responsibilities for financial governance, control and risk management – including compliance with Managing Public Money and other HM Treasury financial control framework requirements. They will support the business to identify and effectively monitor risks and opportunities; recommending solutions and prompting mitigating action by the business.

Other duties

The post holder will be required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post. This may also include working closely with other MoJ Finance staff to develop solutions/problem-solve, engaging in project work to drive finance improvements.

Assessment Criteria

Role Summary

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the Experience, Behaviours, Ability and Technical elements set out below. These elements will be assessed during any preference exercise if required. Further information on Success Profiles is available on the intranet.

The Finance Business Partner role (Band B) will be:

  • The post holder will need to build productive and long-lasting relationships with others and establish mutual respect and trust;
  • An individual who is able to consider the wider factors and long-term implications of decisions, and both understand the big picture and is able to engage others on this;
  • Someone who can bring a fresh perspective, appreciating the many different angles and other views to consider in arriving at a quality outcome; and
  • The post-holder will need to be able to influence others, using verbal and written communication to articulate their thoughts, ideas and rationale in order to gain agreement.

Ability

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal skills and authority
  • Excellent communication, networking and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work across multiple areas, bringing together expertise from a range of teams to drive valued outcomes

Experience

  • Experience of providing professional finance and corporate services to senior stakeholders and influencing business decisions.
  • Experience of building, maintaining and leveraging collaboration networks and partnerships
  • Experience of communicating financial information to a non-financial audience

Technical

  • Strong technical expertise – CCAB or equivalent qualification is not an essential pre-requisite.

Behaviours

The following Civil Service Behaviours are essential to this role and will be assessed if required in any preference exercise.

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.  

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.