Barnet residents and taxpayers expect high quality, flexible and responsive public services for themselves, their families and their communities. To assist with this, Barnet have moved away from the traditional model of providing services ‘in house’ through a number of directorate silos, to a ‘mixed economy’ of services taken from the public, private and voluntary sectors, with the aim of securing the best deal for their residents. In 2013 Barnet Council awarded Capita a 10 year contract to run the council’s main internal support services, including finance, HR, IT and estates.
The contract has already delivered significant benefit to the borough, with overall savings of £31 million achieved alongside increased resident satisfaction. To help continue with and improve the service Capita are providing to Barnet, they have restructured the finance team supporting the council and are now recruiting for a number of dedicated finance professionals focused on customer service and adding value.
The Business Partners will report to a Senior Business Partner, working as part of the team collectively responsible for the move towards the new Business Partnering model that is being implemented. They will provide financial insight, advice and provide support across the Council services.
The key responsibilities of the Business Partners will include;
- Working closely with all stakeholders providing strategic financial insight, intelligence and support needed, as well as assessing situations from a commercial, business and financial perspective
- Ensuring finance is positioned to be proactive and creative, looking for ways to advise, shape and influence commissioning and service decisions
- Promoting, developing and embedding the business partnering approach across the Council
- Liaising regularly with London Borough of Barnet Finance to understand their requirements
To be suitable for the role you need to be a fully qualified commercially aware accountant, although part qualified candidate with relevant exposure will be considered, experience of developing productive, trusted and positive stakeholder relationships is essential. You will need to possess the enthusiasm, energy and drive to be an integral part of the team that will lead on the move towards a true business partnering approach.
Previous exposure to analysing, interpreting and disseminating complex and detailed technical information in a professional and easy to understand way is essential, as is proven experience of influencing and constructively challenging senior management.
For more information on the role, Capita and Barnet please refer to https://allenlanerecruitment.wixsite.com/capitabarnet. For an informal discussion regarding the position please contact Will Ryan at Allen Lane on 020 3031 9635.
Interested candidates should email a CV with a covering letter expressing their reasons for interest and current salary details to email@example.com.
Closing date for applications: 10th April