Finance Business Partner x 2

Central London

Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) is a collection of diverse historical sites, each with a unique identity and a common purpose to serve our communities, through sharing our collections and expertise. We are a place to explore the sea, space, art and history and our new strategy ‘Charting Our Course’ puts our people at the core of its success.  This is an exciting time to join the museum, with a new Senior Leadership Team and a new Corporate Plan, including a multi-million pound project to transform the Royal Observatory.

The department:

The Finance Team is made up of the following 4 areas:

  • Head of Finance
  • Finance Business Partnering (2 FTE)
  • Financial Accounts and Operations (6 FTE)
  • Procurement (1 FTE)

The role:

The post holder will be a key point of contact for specific Heads of Department on all financial matters, supporting them in budgeting, forecasting and monitoring actual results, as well as responding to ad hoc queries.

This role will also support the Senior Leadership Team by providing relevant, accurate and useful reporting and analysis to support decision making.  This is a high-profile role which will involve significant exposure to the Directors of the Museum as well as other Senior leaders.  We are looking for someone who is not only a strong analyst and able to get the best from IT systems but who is able to communicate what the numbers mean.

Reporting to: Head of Finance

Key responsibilities:

  • Be a key point of contact for assigned Heads of Departments and directors on all financial matters, providing support on budgeting and forecasting, monitoring of actual results and ad hoc queries
  • Working as a team with the other Finance Business Partner, lead on the production of the monthly management accounts pack, ensuring timely and accurate reporting and incisive analysis and commentary
  • Support the Senior Leadership Team to make decisions about the feasibility and affordability of new projects and resources and set up systems and processes to enable this
  • Working as a team with the other Finance Business Partner, lead on budgeting and forecasting (including cash flow and reserves forecasting) to ensure a timely process and a high level of accuracy and engagement
  • Provide support as required to key museum projects
  • Lead on reporting to DCMS on all matters relevant to budgeting, forecasting and management accounts
  • Take responsibility for the Chart of Accounts for the I&E, ensuring that it is fit for purpose and user friendly
  • Ensure relevant Balance Sheet codes are reconciled and reviewed in a timely manner
  • Provide training to non-financial managers with budgetary responsibility as required
  • Input into year end processes as required
  • Review and authorise payments as required
  • Other reasonable duties and responsibilities as directed by the Head of Finance

Skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable track record of working with non-finance managers to achieve high quality reporting and budgeting / forecasting, ideally within government bodies or heritage/cultural/charitable organisations.
  • Excellent analytical skills and strong proven problem-solving ability
  • Strength in getting the best from IT systems to support planning and reporting needs
  • Ability to communicate financial concepts to non-financial stakeholders
  • Customer and service focused
  • A self-starter, with the ability to work under pressure and to accomplish tasks to a high level of quality without supervision
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Adaptable and willing to meet the current and future needs of the organisation and key stakeholders.
  • Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA, ACCA).
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft 365 packages

Terms and conditions:

Working hours (one-hour unpaid lunch break a day) will be 36 hours per week, core hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm with an additional hour to be worked in agreement with line management.

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