Reporting and Finance Business Partner

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Central Government

Location: London / Newcastle*

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 14/03/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £42,660 - £63,868 per annum


Allen Lane are delighted to be supporting the National Audit Office with the appointment of a number of Reporting and Finance Business Partners.

Working in the Reporting team, this is a high-profile role that provides management information to the Office and works closely with Executive Team (ET) and Resourcing Directors (RD) to ensure effective financial management across Groups/business units. The role would assist in providing ‘real time’ support and scrutiny to Groups/business units, to be a trusted adviser and to add value that will better support Groups/business units.


The post holder is primarily responsible for:

Business Reporting:

  • Coordinating and producing the monthly Group Balanced Scorecard. This includes information on how the Group is achieving against its key indicators each month
  • Preparing the narrative for the Group Balanced Scorecards. This includes reviewing Group scorecards dashboards for key information on how the Groups are doing with their financial and people management, impacts, delivery, and quality
  • Discussing the Group position with the Group Executive Director (ED) and RD, ahead of the Group Directors meeting
  • Presenting the Group scorecards at the Group Directors meetings every month and discussing any questions/concerns that may arise
  • Continuing to refine how the data is presented in the scorecards, including collaboration with digital services on introducing features within Business Intelligence, which will make reporting easier

Financial Management:

  • Working with the Head of Financial Management to escalate financial management concerns
  • Producing monthly information for the Groups on budgets, profiles and outturn
  • Regularly meeting with the RD and their support teams to discuss the financial management of the Group

Business Partnering

  • Reviewing the financial position of the group and raising any relevant issues with the group. Particular focus on reviewing:
  • The group remains within its planned resources
  • Accuracy of budget information (including profiles)
  • Performance against budget profiles
  • Purchase order and contract positions
  • Billing and budget approvals awaiting signoff
  • Providing ad-hoc reporting support to the RDs on Group performance
  • Attending regular meetings with the RD to understand any emerging issues and the impact on the NAO’s finances
  • Providing enhanced business reporting including improving the impact, and understanding, of financial reporting in relation to business performance – to enable rational, measured and responsible management

Other responsibilities:

  • Working with groups to complete the annual operational planning cycle
  • Service owner rep for Financial Force (NAO’s ERP solution) – supporting the Service owner to design user stories, acceptance testing, and updating Financial Force guidance. This will include representing the business in the development and enhancement of Financial Force
  • Participate in delivering training for the wider office on financial management and budgeting
  • Learning new tools such as power BI and how they can be incorporated into business reporting

Skills and Experience

  • Sound technical skills – In particular, the role involves building complex Excel models and handling large volumes of data. The information must be both accurate and timely so IT competency is a key skill
  • Advanced analytical skills –ability to absorb, interpret and analyse both numerical and qualitative data quickly and accurately in order to detect trends, abnormal patterns and link cause and effect
  • Ability to think strategically – much of the role involves taking a wider view and linking the strategy, corporate objectives, initiatives and developments to financial performance and output delivery
  • Strong communication and presentation skills – both oral and written in formal and informal documents and emails. The role often requires simple presentation of advice, information, guidance in response to queries from financial and non-financial Directors and lead managers about financial management processes or management information systems
  • Excellent organisational skills – ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong team working skills – the role involves collaboration with finance colleagues and many staff across the office
  • Ability and willingness to innovate and find solutions and eager to learn
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NAO’s business.
  • Understanding of Business Intelligence will be useful
  • A professional finance qualification will be desirable – ACA, ACCA, CCAB, CIMA or equivalent

*Their new ways of working will include a mix of time at your assigned office and working from home.

**London: £52,629 to £63,868 per annum, Newcastle: £42,660 to £57,929

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