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Finance Business Partner

Posted 9 March by Michael Page Finance Easy Apply Ended

This is a high-profile business partner position within a leading legal client, and an ideal role for a high calibre ACA making a first move from practice.

Client Details

My client are a leading UK law firm with a major office in Bristol city centre


Acting as a Finance Business Partner within the Finance function to support financial analysis requirements of a number of different, very senior stakeholders.

Decision Support:

  • Providing timely, relevant and robust analysis and data to the Business.

  • Advising and challenging, where appropriate, in order to add value in terms of the analysis and commentary produced.
  • Understanding the key business drivers and trends that will drive performance in each area of the Business.
  • Leading on advice and support for pricing decisions in particular on large and complex tenders and contractual agreements.
  • Leading financial input for a variety of business cases including lateral hires and promotions.

Budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning:

  • Overseeing budgeting and forecasting in line with the Group timetable, with completion of reports and commentaries.

  • Managing the relationship and communication with key stakeholders throughout the budget process.
  • Providing robust analysis and other finance support in relation to external transactions and similar activities.

Business Partnering:

  • Working with the Group Financial Reporting team to ensure the cluster reporting is timely, accurate and robust.

  • Managing the monthly provision of key reports to the Business.
  • Interpreting data, both financial and non-financial and understanding the impact of these on the business.
  • Inputting into the Client Profitability process and analysis. Presentation of results to Department Heads and Partners.
  • Communicating and translating complex financial / non-financial ideas to people outside the finance function.


The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA or ACCA).
  • Experience of Finance Business Partnering gained in a professional services environment within a large finance function would be an advantage, but is not crucial.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with the business and challenge where appropriate .
  • The ability to add value and build strong working relationships with key stakeholders across the firm.
  • Strong and confident communication skills, both orally and in writing, with the ability to interact with senior members of the business.
  • Strong finance and analytical skills, including experience of providing monthly management accounts and value adding commentary.
  • Experience in budgeting and forecasting discussions with senior business managers.
  • Ability to convey complex financial and accounting concepts in a clear and straight forward manner.
  • Organised and able to handle multiple demands and deadlines simultaneously.

Job Offer

This role will pay a good basic salary, plus benefits.

Please contact Jack Watters for more information

Required skills

  • commercial
  • finance analyst
  • audit
  • business partner
  • practice
  • budget
  • forecast

Reference: 34644972

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