Finance Business Partner

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BBUK09016

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Connect Plus Services is a Joint Venture project with Balfour Beatty, AtkinsRealis, and Egis. We operate and maintain the M25. The M25 is the busiest section of motorway in Europe and requires careful and efficient planning of work in order to deliver over 100m of annual investment in the highway infrastructure each year, in addition to planned and reactive maintenance activity.

CPS has an exciting opportunity for a Finance Business Partner to join our growing team in and around the M25

As a Finance Business Partner you will:

  • Have overall financial management responsibility for the supporting the Financial Controller, to include the provision of meaningful and accurate financial information, with insightful interpretation and analysis.
  • Partner with appropriate Directorates and cost centres to support them in achieving their financial objectives.
  • To communicate wider business objectives to the operational directorates via the budgeting process, and to achieve ownership of those objectives by the cost centre leads through education, participation in target setting, and their involvement in the monthly review of financial performance.
  • To work as part of the senior team managing the relevant directorates / cost centres.
  • To embrace and lead change as the key to continuous improvement and help to embed a cultural shift from solely delivery, to delivery of both programme and financial performance.
  • Ensuring robust cost capture at project level which is fully reconciled to business management accounts.
  • To represent the relevant directorates / cost centres at SMT and Finance SLT levels.

What you’ll be doing

Management Duties:

  • Responsible for budgeting and forecasting and, reporting of the financial performance of the relevant cost centres.
  • To coach and support cost centre managers, through a process of education and participation, to own delivery of their budgets.
  • For each significant deliverable, to challenge the quality of inputs to ensure the integrity of the directorates/ cost centres financial reporting.
  • Where appropriate, overall management of WIP for the directorates, ensuring prompt conversion of work performed to cash.
  • To maintain the Risk & Opportunities schedule for the directorates.
  • Responsible for tracking and control of Finance related queries.
  • Lead the monthly internal financial review with the directorate / cost centre leads and represent the directorates / cost centres at the Senior Management Team Finance Review.
  • Support cost centre leads with finance related issues.
  • Assist with the financial management of each project, aid in ad-hoc detail drill down on key variances and transfer identified misallocation through cross charging to other Directorates.
  • Undertake an annual review of processes and procedures. Review applicability and eliminate waste.
  • Work with the Commercial Managers to validate sub-contract costs across all projects and activities including robust accrual management.
  • Support the development of skills and competency across the wider Finance team as required.

Reporting Processes:

  • To produce monthly management accounts, including variance analysis and supporting narrative.
  • Responsible for all internal Financial Reporting, including Directorate reports detailing current performance, opportunities and threats anticipated by the cost centres in meeting budget targets.
  • To support cost centre managers in the run up to, and during, the monthly Finance SLT meeting. Production and management of the Staff Utilisation process, undertake a monthly review of staff time recovery and reconcile staff time capture to budget estimates and targets set.
  • Identify, investigate and resolve anomalies arising in the course of monthly reporting.
  • Production of ad-hoc financial reports

Wider Finance Duties:

  • Maximise directorate profitability through effective time recording and recovery.
  • Minimise miscoding of transactions through education and review.
  • Oversee the opening and closing of task numbers to ensure the application of a consistent methodology and avoid duplication.
  • To own the process for the reciprocal invoicing / invoicing of applications from Connect Plus Services to Connect Plus to maximise our cash flow and minimise our WIP.
  • Live and demonstrate the CPS Values.
  • Ensure a relentless focus on Zero Harm.
  • Support the delivery of CSUKs Sustainability activities.

Who we’re looking for

Qualifications/skills/experience:

  • CIMA / ACCA / ACA qualified.
  • An understanding of information requirements at different levels of stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of producing high quality internal financial reports.
  • Ability to work both within a team and independently, and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage and implement change, LEAN processes or similar experience.
  • Articulate and confident with people at all levels. Persuasive and influential.
  • Team building skills.
  • Develop relationships and engender trust at all levels of the organisation.

Personal attributes:

  • Good communication skills at all levels.
  • Influencing skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Ability to take overview and then focus on specific detail as required.
  • Commercial focus / awareness.
  • Ability to make decisions.
  • Develop self and others.
  • Technical ability.
  • Innovative.
  • Self-starter.
  • Delivery focused.

Location:

Leatherhead, South Mimms or Dartford.

CPS currently has a requirement for all employees to work from CPS office on average 60% in a typical week.  This role will be expected to lead by example.

 

Why work for us:

AtkinsRéalis, Balfour Beatty and Egis Road Operations UK are part of a consortium, creating Connect Plus Services, a unique partnership with a collective strength in highways asset care from finance, through to design, build, maintenance as well as day to day operation.

As part of our 30-year remit to manage and improve the capital’s orbital motorway network, we deliver major improvement projects, such as widening 38 miles of the M25, refurbishing tunnels and bridges, and installing hundreds of variable messaging signs and gantries, helping to maximise the use of the network and deliver more reliable journeys. We also manage the Dartford River crossing and operate and maintain 440 kilometres of motorway providing our customer and road user with a world-class highway service.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

Read more about how you can thrive with us: Equality, diversity & inclusion in the UK & Europe (atkinsrealis.com)

Further information on Disability Confident can be found at: https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/

 

 Note to all internal CPS employees:

If you are interested in applying, please submit your application through your parent company’s careers portal by entering the job title in the search bar. If your employing company is not advertising this role, please submit your CV and the role title to recruitment@connectplusm25.co.uk