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Finance Business Partner

Job Description

Finance Business Partner
Location: Berkshire
Contract: Temporary (3-6 months initial)
Rate: £550-600 per day umbrella
Start Date: ASAP
*Mostly Remote*

Job Description
Service Care Solutions are currently recruiting on behalf of a Local Authority in Berkshire for a Finance Business Partner to join their Family Help & Safeguarding team on a temporary basis. As the Finance Business Partner (Family Help & Safeguarding) you will work with the Head of Finance and Strategic Financial Business Partner in delivering a high-quality finance business partner service to meet the objectives of the service and within the budgetary envelope. The role reports directly to the Head of Finance for Brighter Futures and has line management responsibility for 3 staff - 2 management accountants and an accountancy assistant.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support the Head of Finance and Strategic Finance Business Partner in the production and delivery of the 3-year Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), working closely with the Service Director and Service Managers and budget holders.
  • Lead on the budget setting, budget monitoring and budget forecasting process for the directorate for Family Help & Safeguarding, which includes children's social care placements and staffing costs, and providing an integrated approach to give confidence to the financial reporting framework.
  • Support the delivery of business cases and projects for transformation and/or savings proposals working with the Head of Finance and Strategic Financial Business Partner in a coordinated manner, especially in regard of the commercial and trading advice.
  • Undertake robust variance analysis providing evidence to support this and to support the service area in identifying opportunities, trends, efficiencies, and good practice that will mitigate against overspends that benefit both the service and the company.
  • Work with the relevant service budget managers and finance team colleagues, to deliver the end of year close-down process as directed for the company, and feed into the consolidated group accounts.

Candidate Criteria

  • Qualified CCAB/CIMA Accountant, preferably CIPFA
  • Experience of working at a Senior level in Childrens Finance in a Local Authority
  • Experience of budget preparation and budget monitoring within a Local Authority
  • Experience of closedown of accounts is highly desirable
  • Great communication skills and ability to work professionally and adapt to any team fit.

If you are interested in the role, or know of anyone who may be, please contact Greg at Service Care Solutions on 01772 208969 or email

Service Care Solutions also offers a £250 referral bonus! So, if you know of anyone who would be perfect for this position and they are placed into work, you will receive £250 for the referral once their probationary period has been completed.