Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

The Finance team sits within the Office of the CIO and has a dotted line into central finance, via the Divisional Financial Controller for UAS and GLAM.

This is a key post in a department witnessing a rapid evolution of technology and supporting development methodologies and unlimited demand for projects and services, yet constrained by funding and resource limitations. As such, we require potential candidates to possess good people, process, IT and accounting skills, ideally proven in a complex and highly distributed organisation.

This role will have oversight of the whole service portfolio, via two direct reports, with a particular focus on developing pricing/costing transparency and ensuring funding requirements are identified and clearly articulated.

Essential selection criteria

  • Hold an accounting qualification such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA CIPFA or part qualified CIMA/ACCA working towards qualification
  • At least five years’ experience in a large accounting environment with proven management accounting, budgeting and planning skills
  • Good understanding of financial systems and strong Excel skills, including pivot tables and complex formulae
  • Experienced in communicating financial terminology, management accounts, processes and functions to non-financial staff, including senior management and administrators. In particular, demonstrable experience in negotiating with and persuading non-accountants
  • Good analytical skills
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain relationships to a high level of effectiveness, engendering confidence from a wide range of stakeholders
  • High levels of personal effectiveness, particularly co-ordination, organisation and the ability to focus on achieving deadlines, ensuring that timetables/project plans can be met
  • A strong desire and ability to maintain a very high level of accuracy in the role