Church of England Central Services (ChECS) is a jointly controlled entity between the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board and was set up in 2013 to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the National Church Institutions (NCIs), dioceses, the wider Church and related charities by providing cost-effective shared services including Communications, Human Resources, Legal, IT, Office Services, Records Management, Finance & Resources and Internal Audit & Risk Management. ChECs also has a wholly owned subsidiary trading company which carries out Procurement activities on behalf of the Church of England.
ChECS is one of the National Church Institutions (NCIs) which are national administrative bodies that work together to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England. The Finance Business Partner – Central Services works within the Finance & Resources department which is a shared services function working across the NCIs to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective finance service to each organisation.
We are looking for a self-motivated, CCAB qualified finance professional who is able to develop strong relationships with the departmental directors and other staff across Central Services, understand the business and provide meaningful financial insight and advice to support the delivery of strategic and operational objectives.
You will act as Finance Business Partner for the Church of England Central Services, providing accurate and timely management information, budget monitoring, analysis and advice to budget holders and key stakeholders, fostering a culture of financial accountability and cost efficiency. You will also provide relevant challenge and insight to support decision-making and ensure that budgets and forecasts reflect our objectives and strategy. You will have primary responsibility for ensuring an accurate and fair method of recharging the NCIs (and any other customers) for the services provided.
An effective communicator, you will be able to explain financial issues to non-finance staff and to help people to use financial information well. You will deliver relevant training and support across departments to help improve financial literacy and ensure compliance with relevant financial control procedures.
You will be someone who is always looking to improve processes and work smarter, collaborating with your finance colleagues to drive best practice in everything we do. You will look for ways to improve the quality of management reporting and ensure that your customers receive an excellent service. You will be a confident Excel user, able to use Excel to design and build management reports which can be quickly and easily produced. Experience of using and implementing other reporting tools would also be advantageous, as we seek to improve ways of working.
The post is part of the Finance Business Partnering team within the Finance Operations team, with Finance Business Partners dedicated towards different NCIs. Whilst you have autonomy and focus on your ‘lead client’ you will also work collaboratively with the rest of the Finance Operations team to develop a high quality finance service to the NCIs including best practice internal and external reporting and a robust financial control environment.
This is a fixed term contract expected to last for 12 months.
Interviews will be heldw/c 9th March 2020
In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.
Finance business partnering
Work with budget holders to build understanding of their financial positions and performance including :
Financial planning, reporting and monitoring
Produce and present to budget holders and the Executive Team, regular management accounts including:
Financial management and accountability
Ensure that monthly, quarterly and year end close is complete and all necessary transactions are recorded in SAP accurately and on time including:
We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.
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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.