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Senior Finance Business Partner

Date: 20-Nov-2020

Location: Wilmslow, GB Edinburgh, GB

Company: Royal London Group

Job title                      Senior Finance Business Partner

Location                     Edinburgh or Wilmslow

Contract type             Permanent

Closing date               6th December 2020

 

At Royal London we want to attract the best talent to help us achieve our vision of becoming the most trusted and recommended financial company in the UK. We are the largest mutual life, pensions and Investment Company in the UK.

 

For more than 150 years, people have been at the heart of all that is great about Royal London. We know that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and are doing everything we can to support our customers, our people and candidates.

 

Maintaining the Spirit of Royal London is of paramount importance to us as we face new and different ways of working. That is why we are embracing technology throughout our recruitment process to support interactions. As you embark on your journey with us will engage with you via email, telephone and video to ensure we all remain safe. We are committed to wellbeing and at this challenging time, it remains our priority.

 

The Senior Finance Business Partner uses financial data to provide deep insights into the business, its performance, the market and the competition, to support decision making and drive future growth.

 

The Business Partner supports commercial education in the business unit and challenges the business unit on costs and business cases in order to influence and effect change in the business.

The Business Partner acts as the “face of Finance” into the business, leaning on all the expertise available in Finance (regardless of whether teams are organised by Business Units or group functions) to provide a cohesive  and excellent service to the business.

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Supporting your aligned business units to achieve their strategic and commercial objectives, ensuring alignment across RLG by providing relevant financial insight and challenge
  • To be the single point of contact for Finance-related questions for aligned business areas, responding to ad-hoc requests as well as inputting to other projects and initiatives when required
  • Secure appropriate advice / guidance for aligned business areas from specialist areas of finance and act as liaison between as required
  • Present key business performance insights to inform business decision making, translating industry analysis and market research into strategies for the business
  • Build and manage effective, trust-based relationships with stakeholders across the Group to ensure that the requirements of Finance’s customers are identified and addressed, and to gather strategic input and insight from business units
  • Support the development of business plans and forecasts, enabling strategic decision-making insights by analysing financial performance, industry dynamics, macro-economic trends and the competitor landscape.
  • As part of the Business Finance management team, foster a knowledge sharing culture across the teams and wider function whilst shaping and elevating the team to the position of trusted advisor to the Business
  • Identify, develop and champion best practice models, principles, processes, technologies and tools within your aligned Business Unit

 

 

Skills and Experience

  • Professionally qualified.  
  • Significant relevant industry experience with a demonstrable track record of undertaking similar roles
  • Strategically and commercially focused on business drivers and outcomes
  • Excellent experience in shaping, driving and implementing required functional and technical knowledge across financial services organisations
  • Can communicate complex financial matters clearly and precisely
  • Experience of driving change through a business or function

 

Essential Criteria

  • Strong understanding of the financial drivers and methodologies for UK Life and Pensions organisations in aggregate and at Business Unit/product level
  • Strong understanding of UK Life and Pension industry accounting and actuarial aspects and its regulatory environment
  • Strong leadership skills and a proven ability to shape, lead and successfully manage teams
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, to Executives, peers, the finance community and non-finance colleagues
  • Good interpersonal and influence skills
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and listening), with a pleasant and professional manner
  • Desire for continuous self-improvement and professional development
  • Adaptive to change/positive attitude towards change 

 

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in Life insurance is desirable

 

 

What we offer

  • We've always been proud to reward employees by offering a number of benefits such as Pensions and Protection, Performance and role-related benefits, Lifestyle and Wellbeing 
  • Our People Promise is something we live up to every day. We know we can rely on you, and you can expect plenty from us in return.
  • Glassdoor have again ranked as among the best places to work in the UK 

 

Our culture is welcoming, friendly, flexible and we aim to make you always feel included. We are an equal opportunities employer which means we believe in embracing difference as it makes us collectively stronger. Our diverse people bring us different skills – whatever their educational background, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.

 

We also welcome applications from individuals who have taken an extended career break or those who are transitioning from different sectors. To support this we are always open to discussing flexible working to give you the freedom to be your best. It’s what makes Royal London a great place to work.

 

The first pillar of our People Promise is designed to make sure you 'work somewhere inclusive'. We want to live up to this promise; it’s good for our people and good for our customers too, because our workforce should reflect our communities.

 


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