Finance Business Partner
Fantastic opportunity for someone currently working towards an accounting qualification to provide effective financial advice to your business partners and drive continuous process improvement.
About the role
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the City & Guilds business unit team. As the finance business partner, you will support the product and marketing team, who develop and market our product portfolio. You will lead the construction of detailed budgets and forecasts, and provide the analysis and insight to ensure their successful delivery. You will be involved in the month end management accounting cycle, ensuring the communication and discussion of results with the product and marketing team.
Central to the role is identifying the respective profitability of products and markets, proposing strategies to repurpose resource, directing it to the most worthy streams and projects.
We are looking for a dynamic individual who can create strong and trustworthy relationships, who sees problems and challenges to overcome and is happy to ‘muck in’ when required. We want someone to come in and make a real impact so if you are a hard-working, passionate and ambitious individual with a positive can-do attitude, we want to hear from you!
We need an excellent multi-tasker who is a natural in building rapport with key stakeholders. You will have expert face-to-face and written communication skills. Even though you will be working in an open and friendly team, you will need to be able to work independently, using your own initiative to make strategic decisions whilst prioritising workloads to meet tight deadlines with impeccable accuracy. Your experience with senior stakeholders will be crucial, being able to support head of functions and senior managers where appropriate on business case assumptions / financials.
Your advice should be based on sound financial principles and some of your solutions will require process improvements that you design. However, it is paramount that you are able to demonstrate sound commercial acumen, problem solving and influencing skills, since being a business partner is mainly about delivering great information, insight and advice.
You’ll be information system savvy, ideally with general ledger and financial planning system experience (we use SAP and Hyperion Essbase) and be able to build logical coherent models and analysis in Excel.
Our Story & Mission
The City & Guilds Group is a global leader in skills development. Our purpose is the same as it has always been, to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth. What we do is about more than skills, or qualifications, or jobs. Backed by a Royal Charter, we have more than 135 years of experience in making sure that people can contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies. Made up of City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, DigitalMe, The Oxford Group and e3Learning we work with education providers, businesses and governments in over 80 countries, to provide work-relevant education and training in 26 industries.
At The City & Guilds Group our success is driven by the people we work with. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer an equal opportunity to all our staff and we value diversity within our inclusive culture. We recognise that a diverse workforce is the only way we will achieve our ambitious business goals, and therefore work in a very flexible way to accommodate everyone.
What we Offer
You’ll be based in a fantastic location in EC1A, surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants. We’re easily accessible with Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and many more stations nearby. Offering the opportunity to work in a large, fast-paced, engaging environment with opportunities to develop your existing skills and explore new ones. Working for us means working for an innovative, purpose-leading organisation. You’ll be entitled to an excellent Total Reward Package which typically includes – a great base salary, 25 days holiday, a defined pension scheme, life assurance, and much more!
To find out more about the position, take a look at the Role Profile. If this still sounds exciting and you think you’re just the person for the job, please submit your CV and complete our short application form. We can’t wait to hear from you, so apply now!