Senior Finance Business Partner

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
£52,560 - £59,135
17 Feb 2020
06 Mar 2020
Professional Membership

Senior Finance Business Partner

Finance Division

£52,560 - £59,135

Based in Milton Keynes

Full Time, Permanent

Reference: 17094

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is one of the UK’s most respected national institutions and the market leader in distance higher education. Since it opened to students in 1971, it has been inspiring learning and creating higher educational opportunities to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential, whatever their previous academic attainments. It has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching and confirmed its enormous reach through its use of open educational resources.

The role

The University is going through a period of transformation and it is an exciting time to join us and make an impact.  Finance and Business Services are operating under a new delivery model where we can provide the best service to our customers and stakeholders. This includes establishing new Business Partnering teams within business units across the University.

To complete our team, Finance and Business Services are looking for a Senior Finance Business Partner to lead a Business Partnering team. 

As Senior Finance Business Partner, you will build partnerships and maintain strong relationships with senior managers and their teams. You will be expected to lead on financial and resource matters; influence decision-making; improve the understanding of business performance; developing and delivering unit strategy; delivering analysis and insight on business opportunities; providing options and scenarios for business decisions.

You will be a core member of the Finance Community working collaboratively with fellow Business Partners and teams to ensure best practice and deliver expertise in a cross-section of financial activities.

Skills and experience

We are looking for someone with:

  • A professional Accountancy qualification with evidence of up-to-date knowledge and relevant management accounting experience.
  • Strong leadership and team development skills.
  • Confidence in building and maintaining strong relationships with Senior Management Teams and stakeholders.
  • Financial and commercial acumen.
  • Experience of working in a similar role.

It would be advantageous if you also have experience of working within the public sector or University environments.

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the job description.

What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition. 

Closing date: 6 March 2020.

Candidates will be expected to participate in a Development Day w/c 16 March 2020 as part of the selection process. 

Interviews are expected to take place week w/c 23 March 2020.

How to apply

We are piloting an automated application tracking system (ATS), which will be used more widely imminently. All applications will now be completed online and there will be no need for you to complete an additional hard copy of the application for employment form.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit:

  • CV
  • Personal statement, no more than 2 sides of A4, providing examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

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You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.

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If you have any questions or for detailed information about how to apply go to or telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the reference above.

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

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