Finance Business Partner

North Lincolnshire Council
Date Posted
17th May 2018
Accountancy, Banking and Finance
North Lincolnshire
Inside IR35
£18 Per Hour

Overall purpose of job:


To contribute to the realisation of the council plans and delivery outcomes through the provision of advanced specialist knowledge, expertise and advice and to provide a comprehensive financial support service to North and North East Lincolnshire Council’s as part of the Accountancy Shared Service



Post holders will be expected to be flexible in undertaking the duties and responsibilities attached to their post and may be asked to perform other duties, which reasonably correspond to the general character of the post and are commensurate with its level of responsibility.


Main responsibilities:


  1. To provide a comprehensive, professional and proactive accounting support service, providing clear timely, accurate and understandable financial advice in respect of budgets and emerging issues.


2.    To take responsibility for the provision of sound financial advice to enable improvements to current working practices.


3.    To be responsible for ensuring all period end processes, final account preparation, facilitation of budgeting and planning are completed in accordance with required timescales and current accounting standards.


4.    To accurately complete and submit complex returns and grant claims by due deadlines and review returns where team members have undertaken preparation, ensuring all requisite supporting information is available for external inspection.


5.    The analysis and interpretation of statistical returns, including the comparison of individual services with other authorities.


6.    To be the expert for both councils in one or more financial specialism including research into and analysis of that area.  Specialisms include business partnering, VAT, technical accounting, Schools Formula Funding, Care Act, contract costing and pricing, project finance, financial systems development, treasury management, finance procedures & processes and external funding.


7.    To establish, update and deliver training programmes in financial systems and processes.


8.    To monitor and advise management and budget holders on compliance with standing orders, financial regulations and legislation and make recommendations for changes as appropriate and in order to maintain an effective internal control framework


9.    Secure, produce and review necessary financial data, information and intelligence to support effective management decision making in the delivery of council objectives, VFM and efficiency


10. Responsibility for maintaining and proactively reviewing financial models (e.g Financial Recharging Model) ensuring the requirements of the Service Expenditure reporting Code of Practice (SeRCOP) and IFRS Code of Practice are met.


11.Present appropriate highlight reports identifying trends, analysis and risks.


12. To be the finance lead in cross-functional project teams  and working groups as required, promoting efficiency and value for money throughout the North and North East Lincolnshire council’s business and to ensure these agendas are considered whenever possible.


13. To contribute to the treasury management process; checking documentation and releasing payments of significant monetary value as and when required.


14. {ontribute to the development of financial systems to improve the effectiveness of financial data and advise on and support the delivery of service improvements and initiatives


  1. To undertake special project work as required by the Finance Strategic Lead e.g. researching financial implications of new and changing legislation and policies



Knowledge, skill and experience:


{C}1.    A working knowledge of local government finance.


{C}2.    Good knowledge of financial management including accounting and budgeting practices and procedures with experience of providing specialist financial services advice and advocacy within a diverse and complex organisation.


{C}3.    Good interpersonal, people management and motivational skills


{C}4.    Ability to communicate effectively, at all levels (e.g. partnership boards, Members, SMTs, Governing Bodies, service staff, finance staff), both orally and in writing including ability to communicate complex technical matters to non-financial colleagues.


{C}5.    Ability to influence senior management and an awareness of political issues


{C}6.    Computer literate, including extensive experience with financial ledger systems, word processing and spreadsheets


{C}7.    Ability to prioritise own work and that of others and to work accurately under pressure to meet conflicting deadlines


{C}8.    Ability to analyse, interpret and respond to changes in external environment such as new government initiatives, including the ability to develop innovative and effective solutions for a wide range of service issues


{C}9.    AAT qualified or studying for CCAB qualification and compliance with continuing professional development requirements of the relevant professional body or extensive experience in local government finance.


{C}10. Evidence of undertaking continuing professional development in accordance with the requirements of the relevant professional body where applicable.


{C}11. Ability to understand and analyse complex financial data.


{C}12. Knowledge of the operation of a specialist area of finance (e.g. business partnering, VAT, technical accounting, schools formula funding, financial systems, contract costing and pricing, project finance, treasury management, external funding and financial procedures and processes)


{C}13. {C}Experience of planning and delivering financial training.


{C}14. {C}Good analytical skills and ability to develop innovative and flexible solutions.


{C}15. {C}Knowledge of the requirements of the Service Expenditure Reporting Code of Practice (SERCOP), the IFRS Code of Practice and other pertinent guidance on the preparation of local authority accounts.



Creativity and innovation:


These are important for many aspects of the work of this post, such as:


1.    Contributing to the review and development of policies and procedures in response to changing legislation and other requirements


2.    Reviewing and advising on service specific spending and funding streams to maximise benefit to the service and to the council as a whole


3.    Maintaining and improving complex system processes to meet financial control, monitoring/forecasting requirements, taking into account the many differing needs and complexities of individual services


4.    Contributing towards the development of financial systems to improve the effectiveness of financial data


5.    Interpreting accounting rules, grant conditions and legislation to ensure the most favourable outcome for the council


6.    Innovative communication methods to ensure important messages are received by a wide range of staff, many not under the direct control of the post-holder.


7.    Making best use of the facilities of the integrated financial ledger and associated systems to meet changing needs


8.    Understanding of how activity affects costs and ability to suggest and work up alternatives, assisting budget holders with decision making in relation to cost effectiveness.


9.    Advising services on measures to balance budgets over long-term planning cycles


10. {C}Undertaking financial evaluations of different options and recommending courses of action to senior management.


11. {C}Advising services on the achievement of Efficiency/VFM within their financial and planning processes.




Contacts and relationships:

Provides advice and guidance on a range of issues some of which are likely to be complex and contentious  requiring tact, sensitivity and persuasive skills.


1.    {C}Directors/Service Management Teams/Senior Managers/Head Teachers: Weekly contact on budget and monitoring issues affecting service provision


2.    {C}Finance team staff: Daily contact on a range of financial issues


3.    {C}Shared Service Managers: Weekly contact on a range of budgeting and accounting issues as appropriate


4.    {C}Internal and External Audit and Inspectors: Monthly contact on accounting and related issues, and on grant funding and performance indicators


5.    {C}Other Local Authorities: Ad hoc professional contact for operational benchmarking, networking issues etc.


6.    {C}Professional Bodies relevant to the service: Ad hoc advice and consultation on operational financial issues


7.    {C}External Partner Organisations: Monthly liaison on operational financial issues



Decision making:

Level of discretion and decisions made within a framework of policies, procedures and regulations standards and direction from senior managers.


  1. Advises senior staff on financial matters affecting service provision on behalf of North and North East Lincolnshire’s Chief Financial Officers directly affecting decisions taken by others.


  1. To provide advice and make decisions on funding streams and budgeting issues affecting the whole of the Service area through consultation with the Director/Resource Manager/Strategic Lead.


  1. To ensure that decisions taken within the service area reflect both corporate and service specific aims.


  1. To contribute to the development of council-wide financial processes


  1. To make recommendations to services regarding budget and financial issues including the effective application of financial procedure rules and regulations



Responsibility for resources:


Responsible for IT equipment e.g. laptop and mobile phone value of £450. Approximately 10% working away from office base.






Work demands:


  1. Work is carried out to an annual cycle and increasing pressure results from additional demands and tight deadlines, sometimes statutory.


  1. In addition some ad hoc work requires immediate attention and has to be done to set deadlines


  1. There is a need to manage and respond to conflicting demands, requiring prioritisation, sometimes between different services


{C}4.    There is a need to meet with service management teams and service managers on a planned cycle, but sometimes ad hoc and at short notice to support mangers in maintaining business continuity



Physical demands:


Normal physical effort.




Working conditions:


The post is office based, but will involve travelling to other council offices and, on occasion, to other parts of the country for conferences, seminars, etc



Work context:


Minimal risk to health.


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