Finance Business Partner – Public Sector Prisons – 47650
£34,090 - £45,102
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Job Title/ Position: Finance Business Partner – Public Sector Prisons
Band/Grade: Band Bb / SEO
Number of Vacancies: 1
Business Group: HM Prisons within Long Term High Security Estate
Directorate: Business Partnering
Location: HMP Isle of Wight and HMP Swaleside
Working Pattern: Permanent – Full time or Part time
Role Type/ Team: Finance
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The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the provision of legal aid, administration of justice through courts and tribunals, and detention and rehabilitation of offenders. Within the MoJ you will provide Finance Business Partnering to senior business leaders responsible for delivery of prison services in England. Our business colleagues operating within Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (an Agency within the MoJ), are highly committed professionals who seek to protect the public and rehabilitate offenders.
More information can be found at: www.justice.gov.uk
As a Finance Business Partner, you will be key member of the finance team, working with other members of the team, wider MoJ Finance colleagues and key stakeholders from the Business Area we support – HM Prisons.
You will provide support to the strategic finance lead for 2 of the prisons within the Long Term High Security Estate – HMP Isle of Wight and HMP Swaleside.
You will support these specific prisons as well as working flexibly across the region as required.
You will have a level of authority and respect to proactively influence decision making and help drive continuous improvement. You will be a trusted adviser to stakeholders, providing support and independent challenge.
This role will build on your experience of finance fundamentals and provide the opportunity to help in managing finances within Public Sector Prisons.
As a Finance Business Partner, you will need to understand the prison business area that you support and the way they operate in a prison environment. You will build trust with decision makers so that your advice is actively sought.
You will be the financial advisor to a range of operational colleagues. You will need a clear understanding of the financial management arrangements of the MoJ – from budget setting to in year control and support to the financial accounts as necessary. You may be required to help develop business cases or to help demonstrate value for money. At all times you will be upholding the integrity of financial management in the public sector and the need to ensure value for money for the taxpayer.
- Stakeholder Engagement – develop and maintain strong partnerships with key stakeholders. Help improve their financial awareness and provide accurate and credible advice on financial management and wider governance issues. Actively contribute at business meetings and be proactive in looking for efficiency.
- Financial management – co-ordinate your business area’s annual financial planning activity and provide information and advice to support effective financial control in year. Present and explain financial information clearly and offer advice to inform decision making. Understand the cost drivers of the business and carry out analysis of information to improve efficiency and understanding.
- Service delivery – deliver high quality outcomes to meet stakeholder needs and give value for money. Identify risks and resolve issues efficiently.
- Critical friend to the business – you will feel confident to challenge business colleagues on their spending plans and keep a focus on outcomes and business priorities. Give advice to support decision making, encouraging options analysis and appropriate governance. Use your insight to add value.
Post location is flexible. It is expected that the successful candidate will live within reasonable travel distance of one of these prisons (Generally travel of 1-2 hours) and will be expected to visit in person on average once or twice a month.
Key skills and knowledge
Essential Skills and Experience
- Part Qualified with CCAB, CIMA or equivalent. If not, be willing to work towards qualification
- excellent financial management skills and a proven ability to apply them effectively
- high credibility with senior colleagues and stakeholders and the ability to influence decision-making
- the ability to analyse and communicate financial information in a clear and understandable way
Desirable skills and experience
- Interested in the Ministry of Justice’s services, stakeholder landscape, delivery partners
- Experience of working in the finance function in central government
- strategic and commercial skills gained from working in, or together with, other specialist areas such as commercial, policy, IT, HR or delivery.
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Civil Service Behaviours
The following Civil Service Behaviours are essential to this post and will be assessed upon application:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Managing a Quality Service
Please refer to the Civil Service Behaviours Framework, which can be found here, to complete this application: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf
The Selection Process
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Candidates who are successful following the sift process will be invited to interview, where the behavioural elements and strengths will be tested further alongside other elements of the post. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates in advance of the interviews.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
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Flexible working hours
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Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.
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- 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.
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- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
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