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Finance Business Partner

Job Description

Our client is seeking an Assistant Business controller to join their team in Southampton. The successful candidate will provide effective financial planning and analysis support to management (Team Leaders, Head of Departments, Divisional Directors). This includes budgeting, forecasting, P&L analysis and management/project reporting.

Working under the guidance of the Business Controller, the successful candidate will work closely with other key stakeholders to understand project performance and report on Business performance. Regional office visits will be required to discuss financial performance on an ad-hoc basis.

To thrive in this role, you’ll use your initiative and flexibility to improve commerciality and financial focus, drive a continuous improvement culture while developing & motivating your team to positively challenge and grow in this highly rewarding business.

Key Responsibilities;

Insights and Advisory: 

  • Develop and execute basic controlling tasks, such as forecasting revenue, conducting budget variance analysis, and providing insights into the income statement.
  • Attending and presenting financial results where necessary and preparing relevant management information for key stakeholders
  • Foster financial and commercial focus with Project Managers and Project Owners through project reviews, kick-offs, and commercial reviews
  • Prepare, schedule, and lead monthly reviews with the Business Controller and other senior business stakeholders as requested.
  • Conduct root cause analysis, including staff costs, margins, billing ratio, and non-productive time.

Financial Planning:

  • Support the budgeting and forecasting cycle for the transport market through consultation and review with key stakeholders.

Effective Project Controlling:

  • Utilise financial knowledge to support strategic projects and key accounts, offering advisory support on complex project setup, coordination and international/ strategic/framework agreements.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Help to foster a culture of continuous improvement within the market and business finance; leading CI initiatives and facilitating tool adoption and process delegation

Scope of project engagement:

  • Tender, Order, Delivery & Completion: 

This role would best suit someone who is part qualified although people qualified by experience or earlier in the qualification process will also be considered. Experience of business partnering and/or management accounts would be highly advantagous. A successful candidate will have strong excel skills (VLookups and pivot tables as a minimum). Project Accounting or WIP would be highly beneficial.