Assistant Projects Business Partner Ref 8839

School/department: Finance
Hours: Full-time or part-time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
The role is full time but a minimum of .8 FTE will be considered and up to 50% remote homeworking.
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 8839
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 03 August 2022
Closing date: 24 August 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: Week commencing 05 September 2022
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The University wishes to recruit an Assistant Projects Business Partner to provide financial analytical services and business partnering support to project owners and other stakeholders engaged in the delivery of the University’s £260m capital and infrastructure investment plan.

Reporting to the Central Projects Business Partner, you will:

  • Provide financial support and advice on the annual Long Term Maintenance and the IT Technical Teaching Space upgrade programmes.
  • Provide analysis and advice to project stakeholders and Finance Division senior management on a range of projects across the capital investment plan.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of the budgeting and forecasting structure which underpins capital project and programmes reporting.
  • Provide reports, information and analysis for financial decision making by project steering groups, committees and Finance Division senior managers.
  • Prepare analysis and accounting entries for month end and yearend financial reporting.

Candidates are invited to apply and must have:

  • Experience of working in a financial reporting role and be studying for full professional accountancy qualification OR
  • Have a minimum 2 years of experience working in a similar role for an organisation of similar size and complexity.
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills with the ability to engage and communicate effectively with a variety of people and departments.
  • Highly numerate with good IT skills, an intermediate excel user and with experience of multi-user finance systems.

Ideally you will have experience of working in a financial reporting role for projects investing in buildings & construction, civil works and IT systems and infrastructure. You will be familiar with UNIT 4 (Agresso) finance systems and IBM Planning and Analytics tools, although this is non-essential and training will be provided.

Candidates who wish to study or continue studying towards a professional accountancy qualification are encouraged to apply. The Finance Division offers study support to candidates with appropriate experience and depending on development needs and the requirements of the post.

Please contact Ben Gutierrez ( for informal enquiries.


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Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 8839) (PDF 187KB)

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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