Finance Business Partner

Finance, Business and Research (FBR)

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 03rd Aug 2021
  • Salary: £28,331.00 - £32,817.00  per annum
  • REF: 10384
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £28,331.00 – £32,817.00 per annum

Closing Date:17 August 2021

The Role

Finance and Planning is seeking toappoint youto the post of Finance Business Partner, where you will be located in the management accounting team with responsibility for the University Professional Services.

Youwill be directly responsible for the management accounting support to Corporate Services & Infrastructure (CSI) and will report to the Head of Central Professional Services Finance.

Youwill provide key management support in the preparation of detailed annual budgets, monthly financial reports, quarterly forecasts and a range of other information required for both budget holder and central University requirements.

This positionrequiresyou to beresponsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of two Accountancy Assistants.

It is expected that you will already have experience in a management accounting role and that you have excellent oral and written communication skills, well developed IT skills and are an effective team player. You should be highly motivated and organised and should display initiative in bringing forward new ideas coupled with a practical approach to problem solving.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Joanna Mason (Head ofCentral Finance) via email:at

Please ensure you upload a covering letter with your CV when applying for this vacancy. Only applications received via the Newcastle University website will be considered for shortlisting

Key Accountabilities

•Provide key financial support to the Head of Faculty / PS Finance, Head of School / Head of Service and School / Service executive including regular reporting and presentation of performance.
•Provide a pivotal role in the preparation of detailed annual budgets, plans and quarterly financial forecasts at a School / Service level and ensure compliance with agreed Faculty / PS standards.
•Implement an effective budget and forecast review process at the School / Service level to meet the requirements of the Head and Deputy Head of Faculty / PS Finance and the Faculty PVC / Registrar.
•Assisting the Head and Deputy Head of Faculty / PS Finance, contribute to the continued development of financial reports across the Faculty/ PS to support accurate financial analysis and the production of commentaries.
•Present and discuss management accounts with the School(s) / Service(s), review and summarise the results and recommend actions. Provide financial information on behalf of the School / Service to Faculty/ Registrar.
•Bring forward and develop business cases and financial appraisals for investment cases on behalf of the School / Service.
•Provide advice to the School / Service and lead on financial related issues to enable School / Service staff to discharge their responsibilities effectively.
•Ensure effective financial control and adherence to University policies and procedures is maintained within the School / Service.
•Provide input, monitor and comment on Key Performance Indicators as agreed with Faculty / Registrar to inform management decisions by the Head of School / Service.
•Widen the general understanding of financial issues within the School / Service by the preparation and delivery of courses / workshops.
•Work within a team of Faculty / PS Finance Business Partners and other areas of the Finance Office to implement consistency and to share best practice.
•To undertake any other duties of a relevant nature as required by the Head and or Deputy Head of Faculty / PS Finance. This includes the cover of other Finance Business partner roles as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


•High level of oral and written communication skills, in order to disseminate management accounting information to a range of staff whose level of financial understanding may vary.
•Highly developed IT skills (Microsoft Office, SAP) in order to translate financial data between systems.
•Substantial experience of management accounting/reporting.


•Conversant in the use of data warehouse applications.
•Experience of working effectively in a large and complex organisation to enable successful collaboration between the School or Service / Faculty or Registrar and other University roles.

Attributes and Behaviour

•Understands and makes sense of complex or conflicting data and different perspectives of stakeholders e.g. Schools / Faculty
•Understands the key aims of own area and how it relates to own job and responsibilities
•Identifies key issues in own work
•Understands and is sensitive to wider organisational priorities
•Uses analytical techniques to break down complex problems into component parts

•Talks to all relevant stakeholders; students, academic team, suppliers, public, in order to find out what is needed
•Collects relevant and available information from as many sources as possible
•Digs deeper by probing and questioning data
•Condenses large amounts of data into key issues
•Pieces together information to identify trends
•Is wary of assuming things
•Has an eye for detail, spotting errors and ensuring accurate information

•Works in a planned and structured way
•Uses own and others’ time effectively
•Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
•Plans workload and tasks in a systematic way
•Ensures that all activities are completed on time
•Uses systems and tools to ensure records and audit trails are clear and up to date
•Ensures that others know how process and systems work

•Is factually correct and gives consistent verbal and non-verbal messages
•Is clear and concise; gets the message across to others
•Choose communication tools appropriately e.g. selective use of emails and other channels of communication
•Tailors content of communication to the audience, changing style and tone and format appropriately

•Demonstrates high energy and commitment to the delivery of excellent service
•Sees other departments and colleagues as “customers” and follows through on their enquiries and requests
•Co-operates with others in achieving targets
•Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
•Has a positive attitude for doing things better
•Looks for ways to make immediate improvements (quick wins)
•Pays attention to detail


•Qualified CCAB Accountant (Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies- 4 years study required plus a minimum of 3 years recognised relevant experience) or relevant degree with extensive management accounting experience or part qualified with extensive accounting experience.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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