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        Finance Business Partner – Family Help & Safeguarding

        Job number JM-BFfC-FBP

        Salary

        £47,320 to £57,534

        Sector

        Local Government

        Function

        Finance

        Location

        Reading

        Job Type

        Permanent

        Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has now been established for five years. Big changes were needed and they’ve taken on the challenge to deliver them.

        The organisation is now recruiting a Finance Business Partner -Family Help & Safeguarding.

        There is real determination at all levels to make BFfC a success and to improve the lives of children, young people and their families in Reading.

        Launched in December 2018, Brighter Futures for Children have made good, steady progress, driving through a progressive and ambitious improvement programme and delivering a positive trajectory across all of their services. This includes growing stability and enthusiasm of staff.

        As the Finance Business Partner -Family Help & Safeguarding, you will work with the Head of Finance and Strategic Financial Business Partner in delivering a high-quality finance business partner service to meet the objectives of the service and within the budgetary envelope.

        Key responsibilities will include

        • Support the Head of Finance and Strategic Finance Business Partner in the production and delivery of the 3-year Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), working closely with the Service Director and Service Managers and budget holders.
        • Lead on the budget setting, budget monitoring and budget forecasting process for the directorate for Family Help & Safeguarding, which includes children’s social care placements and staffing costs, and providing an integrated approach to give confidence to the financial reporting framework.
        • Support the delivery of business cases and projects for transformation and/or savings proposals working with the Head of Finance and Strategic Financial Business Partner in a coordinated manner, especially in regard of the commercial and trading advice.
        • Undertake robust variance analysis providing evidence to support this and to support the service area in identifying opportunities, trends, efficiencies, and good practice that will mitigate against overspends that benefit both the service and the company.
        • Work with the relevant service budget managers and finance team colleagues, to deliver the end of year close-down process as directed for the company, and feed into the Reading Borough Council’s consolidated group accounts.
        • Supporting the service in relation to transitions to adult’s services in RBC, weekly placement panel meetings, monthly placements meeting and the Out of Hours contract with Bracknell.

        To be suitable for Finance Business Partner -Family Help & Safeguarding, you need to be a qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA or equivalent) with proven experience of providing strategic direction and leadership in a senior finance role. You will have substantial experience of successful strategic financial management, financial planning, and budget preparation as well as delivering finance service improvements and supporting the delivery of strategic projects and initiatives.

        Please note: This job involves working with sensitive and confidential information about children and will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

        Reading has excellent transport links from Central London, and is only 25 minutes from London Paddington. At the Head of Finance level there is an expectation you will be in the office 2 to 3 times per month.

        For more information about the role of Finance Business Partner -Family Help & Safeguarding or for a confidential discussion please contact Jack Murphy at Allen Lane – jackmurphy@allenlane.co.uk or 07921 335 786.

        To apply, please submit your CV to brighterfuturesforchildren@allenlane.co.uk alongside a supporting statement (no more than 2 pages) saying why you are interested and highlighting your relevant experience.

        The closing date is Wednesday 17th January 2024 at 23:59pm

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        Recruiting for this role:

        Jack Murphy

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