Finance Business Partner

Police Staff
Full Time
Portishead, Police Headquarters- BS20 8QJ
PO 9-12

£40,698 - £43,830


09/07/2020, 23:55

The Avon and Somerset force is a large employer in the South West and is made up of over 5000 Police Officers, staff and volunteers.  The Force is structured into eight policing and enabling services directorates which form the backbone to its effective operation.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is positioned to provide an exciting career. It's transforming and you'll contribute to the journey. It has a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force striving to provide outstanding policing for everyone. If you're looking for a fresh challenge which offers variety and a genuine opportunity to broaden your experience and make a difference, come and join us in the Finance Team.

Finance is at the heart of the organisation and reporting an accurate financial picture enables senior leaders to fully utilise valuable resources. The Finance team are friendly, supportive and work collaboratively applying technical financial expertise to a variety of operational issues; working closely with senior Force leaders controlling costs and managing budgets.

In this role, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Provide professional advice and interpretation to the Constabulary on budget formation and monitor planned expenditure to ensure that budgets are controlled, costs are reduced and leaders act within accounting best practice and statutory requirements.
  • Lead the management of financial resources to ensure probity, efficiency, high performance and overall value for money.
  • Contribute to developing and implementing Financial Planning and Strategy, including management of risk and audit outcomes, utilising a complete understanding of the Constabulary’s vision, values and priorities.
  • Use financial expertise and commercial acumen to identify areas of cost efficiencies and improvements to operating approaches and support department managers to continually drive more effective approaches to work and reduce costs.
  • Interpret and communicate financial information to non-accounting managers in ways that are engaging and understandable so that leaders see the value that accounting data can bring to planning within their area of responsibility.
  • Shape, influence and facilitate organisation development and change initiatives to drive through the change agenda and finance strategies.  Ensure performance measures track key business and cost drivers for the organisation and are used predictively to develop adequate systems to deliver this information in a format that enables the organisation to make informed choices.
  • Collaborate with the other teams within Financial Services to ensure that work is coordinated and that less experienced staff are supported and coached where appropriate, to help raise the capability of the team.
  • Collaborate with department managers and advise, challenge and influence the preparing of annual plans, budgets and the financial implications of decisions to ensure that costs are controlled.
  • Adapt, develop, implement and monitor processes and procedures used in preparing monthly forecasts for department and programme managers to ensure that accounting best practice is applied to budgeting across the Force.  This includes horizon scanning to make recommendations on best practice  in order to raise standards in the team and the wider organisation.
  • Build a network of contacts across the organisation and with external agencies to enhance the Financial Service provided to customer.
  • Define, design and deliver training packages, presentations and briefings to support standardisation, project work and policy implementation.
  • Work with allocated finance professionals to ensure the delivery of quality financial services to ASC.

Skills, experience and qualifications required:

  • A full professional accounting qualification (CIMA, ACA, ACCA) or/and several years of relevant work experience in a financial environment specifically including budget setting, forward planning and financial and performance monitoring.
  • Experience of communicating complex financial information to non-financial managers and producing consistent clear financial reports.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritise workloads and work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Have an eye for detail, and be focused and have a concern for accuracy.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including presentations, delivering training, coaching, mentoring, motivating and leading others.
  • Persuasive with excellent negotiation skills.

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.

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Why work for Avon and Somerset Police?

Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Avon and Somerset is the force for you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. 

We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.

All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Flexible working

All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and safeguarding

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that   employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.


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