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Finance Business Partner x 2

£41,526 - £49,533
Please quote reference: 
2 permanent roles (1 x 37 hours, 1 x 18.5 hours)
Closing Date: 
9 September, 2019 - 09:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

We are now in the next phase of Finance Transformation which will involve implementing the new organisation structure as well as  the new Finance  System. We are looking for Finance Business Partners to manage a team of finance staff who are responsible for providing professional finance and business support service to the University.  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.

The role

This is an exciting time within Finance and Business Services and you will be responsible for providing finance business partnering and management accounting services to a number of the University’s stakeholders and budget holders across the University; working with them to manage resources in their areas. You will contribute and provide support in enabling a better use of financial services, the delivery and understanding of financial reporting to drive impact and understanding of financial reporting on business performance and analysis, enabling a link to financial data to inform business strategies.

As Finance Business Partner, you will support the Senior Finance Business Partner in the delivery of finance services and strategies that help build partnerships and maintain strong relationships with senior managers and their teams.

You will manage a team of finance support staff and be responsible for evaluating and developing the team to support relevant CPD.  You will be expected to work with your peers and finance partners to support consistency of practice and continuous improvement and ensure the smooth operation of financial processes in one of the following areas:

Skills and experience

Do you have extensive accounting experience, and are you a qualified CCAB / CIMA accountant?

Do you possess great leadership, relationship-building, stakeholder management and communication skills?

Are you experienced in leading an expanding and developing team, delivering cultural change and building change capability in others?

If you can answer yes to these questions, have a track record of financial administration and experience and understand the challenges of delivering transformation in a complex environment with diverse stakeholders and are motivated by The Open University’s mission and the opportunity to play a key part in making it happen, then we want to hear from you.

What you get in return

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

How to apply

Please submit an application form, together with a copy of your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of an A4, giving specific examples of where your skills and experiences meet the required competencies of the Person Specification, to  Please ensure you quote the vacancy reference number 16488 and clearly stipulate weather you are applying for the full time or part time position.

Closing date: ​​Midday 9 September 2019

Interview date's: ​17th, 18th and 19th September 2019

Please note: If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest and encourage you to apply for future positions.

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community


Job related information: 
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Posting Date: 
19 August, 2019 - 09:00