Senior Financial Planner

Job Title: Senior Financial Planner
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester
Salary: £35497 - £45375 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Reference: RB5625_1552059370
Contact Name: Michael Swinburn
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 08, 2019 15:36

Job Description

Robertson Bell are proud to be working in a retained partnership with Department for Education on a national recruitment campaign for Finance, Risk and Assurance.

The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for children's services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. We work to provide children's services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances. We are one of the largest Government Departments, managing c.£100bn spend each year.

The Secretary of State, Ministers, Permanent Secretary and the Directors General want to see a step change in the way we manage our activities, focusing on driving the right educational outcomes and delivering value for money. We want the right balance between support and challenge that results in transparent, effective and efficient decision making.

In Central Strategic Finance, the Financial Planning & Analysis team leads on the business planning and financial analysis of DfE's spend to ensure Leadership Team and Ministers can take well informed decisions in line with Departmental strategy.

An opportunity has arisen within the planning side of the team. The team is introducing a new quarterly business planning process to set, update and challenge future year forecasts; it is also leading on developing the Department's annual business plan (including Single Departmental Plan); and running a planning capability network to improve planning across the Department. Your role will be to support all three of these areas, including co-ordinating the financial planning and reporting on future years, enabling Leadership Team to take effective decisions based on high quality information.

The main responsibilities include:
*Improving the Department's understanding of the business planning process, including ensuring there is a clear timetable, process, guidance and templates.
*Each quarter ensure business planning outputs are collected accurately, with evidence of the key decisions / prioritisation within plans.
*Challenge and analyse plans with key stakeholders - including Finance Business Partners and Financial Planning & Management Accounts colleagues, potentially up to Director-General level - to ensure plans are credible, affordable, and reflect SoS priorities and the Departmental strategy.
*Maintain an awareness of emerging issues that have an impact on financial planning and ensuring that these are incorporated into plans, for example around EU Exit.
*Consolidate plans and analysis in Excel, supporting the Planning Lead to present findings to senior stakeholders, including Finance Directors and Leadership Team (Directors-General and Permanent Secretary).
*Develop and maintain the tools needed to track and report on the delegated budgets showing budget holders' responsibilities.
*Manage the upload of the annual business planning output to SFRS in time for the new financial year, ensuring robust controls and quality assurance is in place. And work closely with Financial Planning & Management Accounts colleagues to process budget changes following quarterly business planning exercises.
*Work closely with Estimates colleagues, to ensure business planning outputs are also accurately factored into Supplementary and Main Estimates.

We are looking for an ambitious and proactive finance professional, with first-class communication skills. Confident in advising, challenging and negotiating with people, often senior to yourself, with different opinions. You will have good financial and analytical skills to be able to digest large amounts of information with attention to detail when working under pressure. Experience/knowledge of financial management within a government context is an advantage but not essential. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who which is looking to grow and learn within a supportive environment. in a large and complex organisation, and during a period of significant political change.

Please be aware the role is paying the following - £35,497 - £39,114 with accountancy qualification: £41,350 - £45,375.