Head of Finance (Business Partnering)

London Borough of Havering

Havering Council is going through a really exciting period of change! We have a new Vision and Corporate Plan, the Havering you want to be part of, which sets out how the Council will deliver services to residents with clear targets, and an emphasis on transformation. To help support the delivery of this we are implementing a Target Operating Model and a Workforce Strategy.

The Target Operating Model will move services into three directorates – People, Place and Resources – so that there is a clearer focus and better working between departments. The workforce strategy will support this, ensuring staff are at the centre of everything. There is a focus on being a modern, progressive and inclusive organisation which develops staff, building the capability, skills and culture needed to become a successful and high performing council.

To ensure this is successful we need an agile, innovative, creative and business efficient finance team to help us embed these changes and face the financial pressures that every public sector organisation has. We are recruiting several finance roles to support this.

The Head of Finance (Business Partnering) will play a key role in the departments management team, supporting the Council’s leadership at all levels and helping develop a strategic and workable response to the financial challenges the Council faces. The role will lead the Business Partnering team supporting all the services, ensuring stakeholders have the information they need to make informed decision. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Developing an in-depth knowledge of Council services and the related financial complexities, to ensure value for money
  • Ability to identify improvements in evidence- based financial reporting
  • Promoting a culture which empowers budget holders
  • Supporting the development of outcome-based commissioning models to better ensure strong price competition
  • Preparing, presenting and ensuring that informative, high quality reports to members and other senior stakeholders that aid in informed service and corporate decision making

To be suitable for the role you need to be a fully qualified accountant with the ability to advise, influence and challenge senior stakeholder in a local government setting. Proven experience helping develop a business partner culture is also essential.

Havering offers a hybrid working arrangement, staff only need to be in the office on an as needed basis. At this level it is likely to be 2-3 times per month.

This role would be considered on a part time basis.

For a confidential discussion please contact Will Ryan at Ivy Rock Partners willryan@ivyrockpartners.com or 07909030965. To apply please send through a CV and supporting statement. The supporting statement should be no longer than 2 pages and should say why you are interested in the role and working at Havering, alongside specific examples of your relevant experience.

The closing date is Monday 13th February.

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