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Finance Business Partner

Job Description

Alchemy has an incredible opportunity for an experienced finance professional to join a Culture & Education business in the UK as a Finance Business Partner. The role offers hybrid working flexibility and can be based out of any of their offices in either London, Cardiff, Manchester, or Edinburgh.

The role will have a heavy emphasis on business partnerships, including financial business planning and assessing company performance to guarantee the greatest possible effect of grant spend and contribute to the financial sustainability of the commercial portfolio.


  • Assisting with the different programmes' yearly and quarterly business planning cycles.
  • Collaborating with FP&A to guarantee adherence to the planning process and aiding in the creation of standard reports.
  • As the single point of contact for finance, collaborating with the programme heads and aiding as needed.
  • Meeting reporting standards and collaborating with FP&A to ensure that SAP accurately reflects agreed-upon estimates.
  • Review monthly and annual company performance, provide management reports and variance analysis, and highlight areas for improvement.
  • Help with month-end financial reporting to guarantee the greatest effect and return on investment, financial compliance, and operational efficiency.
  • Ensure that the project's external key stakeholders (customers) receive the agreed-upon reports for their own project monitoring.
  • Assessing and maintaining the financial viability of contract revisions in collaboration with the delivery team leads.
  • Helping with customer, external, and internal audits.
  • Identifying any risks or opportunities. ensuring that the year-end procedures related to the individual projects or activities are properly handled.
  • Make sure all money owed is invoiced and paid, supporting the commercial portfolio's cash flow situation and financial sustainability.
  • Promote and create financial systems, procedures, guidelines, and templates for the sake of standardisation and ongoing development.
  • Determining the need for journals, recommending them through Financial Control, detailing the circumstances and providing a reason for the change.
  • Supplying information for the monthly control check for each project so that any financial risks may be identified and properly conveyed.

Essential Skills:

  • Strong financial background.
  • Demonstrated expertise in financial reporting and managing international contracts.
  • Proven proficiency in the processes of financial planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Working with multinational and international organisations.
  • Social, communication, and persuasion abilities.

Desirable Skills:

  • Work experience in public sector organisations, especially those with a focus on a central government mandate.
  • The top quartile of finance functions' best practises.
  • Knowledge of how to plan, manage, and report on UK government contracts, including how to implement audit recommendations, find and implement performance improvements, and meet BC reporting requirements.
  • The ability of people to carry out change initiatives.
  • Proven ability to create and improve SAP accounting and planning applications.
  • Shared services operations and group structure governance.
  • Finding and implementing performance improvements.