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Title Assistant Finance Business Partner
Ref HE/3498
Directorate Finance & Business Services
Preferred Location Birmingham
Salary £33,340 - £36,674
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 03 Mar 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government company charged with driving forward our motorways and major A roads. Building on the successful 21 year heritage of the Highways Agency, we maintain and enhance the most important communications network in the country, the Strategic Roads Network. A network valued at just over £104 billion, which carries approximately one-third of all road traffic in England and nearly two-thirds of all heavy freight traffic.

We are responsible for modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However even more is planned to be done.

Our vision is to be the world’s leading road operator which means that we need to become a high performing organisation. It's an exciting time to start a Highways England career. With £11 billion to invest in major road improvements over the next 5 years, there’s an opportunity for you to be part of something special.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website:

Job Description

We are currently recruiting for an Assistant Finance Business Partner reporting to our Finance Business Partner within the Midlands region.

The role will provide assistance and support to the Finance Business Partner at a regional level, collecting and presenting financial data, challenging performance against targets and providing professional advice and guidance to support the Region’s decision-making processes. You will be part of a small finance team and will need to form strong relationships within your division and with stakeholders across all directorates and the supply chain.

Key activities include:

  • Provide support to the Finance Business Partner in delivering the strategic and operational objectives of the function.
  • Ensure the rigorous analysis, review and challenge of forecasted and emerging costs, to enable assessment of value for money, delivery of expected outputs and achievement of proposed efficiencies.
  • Liaise with Project Managers and Project Sponsors to review performance against budget, ensuring all variances are accurately reflected, explained and justified.
  • Ensure all investment decisions are taken in line with the internal approval process, with affordability a key consideration.
  • Identify possible gaps and risks in the provision and application of policies, procedures and mechanisms around effective resource management and offer advice for continuous improvement.
  • Provide advice and guidance on the effective and consistent implementation of accounting standards, tax rules, systems, policies and processes.

Essential Requirements:

  • Part-qualified Accountant (CIMA, ACCA or ICAEW) or AAT qualified with significant finance, governance and commercial experience. Ability to grasp the realities and complexities of the business and understand the implications of applying specialist knowledge
  • The Company will consider providing study support to any part-qualified candidates wishing to continue their professional qualification.
  • Experience of training non-financial managers in key financial matters.
  • Understand the concepts of Project Management and its application across a programme of work.
  • Strong awareness of a range of accounting and taxation matters
  • Understand the development of robust complex business cases in support of Regional or Corporate objectives

Please note that all applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all required skills, experience and qualifications as outlined in the above section are clearly demonstrated within your CV.

Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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