Finance Business Partner (Senior Finance Manager) - perm or FTC opportunity

As Finance Business Partner you will lead the Gen2 finance team, reporting to the City & Guilds Technical Training Finance Director.  You will partner the Gen2 MD and provide financial information and advice to improve the effectiveness and profitability of City and Guilds Group Technical Training. 

You will will also work closely with the Head of Funding to manage and reconcile ESFA and other funding contract activity and receipts and deliver upon our contractual obligations. So we need someone with a good understanding of funding and the mechanics of funding arrangements.

We're flexible as to where you might be based, but you'll need to be within a reasonable travel distance of Carlisle, Ulverston, and Workington. This is a permanent role, but we could hire via an interim or fixed term contract until the substantive role is filled.

Business Unit
50,000 to 60,000
Type of role
Full-time or part-time
Location - Country
Location - City
Workington, Carlisle
Closing date
Vacancy ref


About the role

You’ll partner the Gen2 MD to provide financial forecasting and to substantiate new business opportunities, and measure and report on existing business initiatives. This will mean that you will identify and report on metrics that underpin business performance and create forward looking insights.

Another key part of the role is to manage and develop the Gen2 finance team. So you will manage the day-to-day running of the finance function – including oversight of bank, receivables, payables, payroll and cash flow forecast. You’ll also ensure that processes and controls are in place and adhered to. Finally, you’ll work closely with Head of Funding to manage and reconcile ESFA funding contract activity and receipts.

About you

Your application must be able to demonstrate proven experience of working with the public sector, or of educational funding contracts with the ESFA. You should also have detailed exposure to contract management. You’ll have proven people management skills, be able to provide great financial insights, and demonstrate a strong sense of commercial acumen.

Our story and mission

Our vision is for a world in which everyone has the skills and opportunities to succeed. We support almost five million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. As a charity, we’re proud that everything we do is focused on achieving this purpose.

Through our assessment and credentialing, corporate learning and technical training offers, we partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

At the heart of our business sits the City & Guilds Foundation which amplifies our purpose by helping to remove barriers to getting into a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future. 

We were founded in 1878 by the City of London and the trade guilds of the time, to help people, organisations and economies to develop their skills for growth.

Our rich experience means we’re uniquely positioned to understand the future of work and learning. And, we continually evolve to develop and deliver skills for the workplace of the future. Today, as well as qualifications and assessment, we offer digital credentialing, elearning technologies, executive leadership development, technical training and consultancy.

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, so we work hard to be flexible to accommodate everyone.

What we offer

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative, engaging and market-leading organisation with opportunities to develop your existing skills and explore new ones.

You’ll receive an excellent benefits package which typically includes a great base salary, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, pension, private healthcare, volunteering opportunities and much more. 

We welcome a discussion about how this role could work flexibly for you. For example work pattern, hours or location.

Next steps and how to apply

If you think this is the role and organisation for you then we would love to hear from you.  Please submit your CV and complete our short application form using the apply button.