Associate Finance Business Partner Ref 10086

Department: Finance Division
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: 24 months fixed-term
Reference: 10086
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part-time
Placed on: 14 November 2022
Closing date: 29 November 2022
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

The University of Sussex is a dynamic, innovative, top 50 university. With a campus based in the South Downs National Park but just a few minutes from the city of Brighton and Hove, it provides an excellent working environment in a remarkable setting, combined with all that the city has to offer.

Creative thinking, intellectual challenge and collaborative working are fundamental to a Sussex education and that is reflected in our workplace too. This is an exciting chance to join a team working at the centre of the University. 

Within the University’s Finance department, the Professional Services Business Partnering team is responsible for supporting all Professional Services Divisions in the development of financial plans and budgets, decision support & project costing, in year performance monitoring and financial controls.  We operate a hybrid working model with team members expected to be on site (on average) 2 days a week to ensure we provide the best possible support to our stakeholders.

We have a 2 Year Fixed Term vacancy for an Associate Finance Business Partner, a new role supporting our team of 4 Professional Services Finance Business Partners across all activity.  This will be a varied role, building up expertise and knowledge to become team lead for project based work .  This is an exciting time for the sector as we adapt to the competitive post-pandemic world and this role will be at the heart of work supporting the financial review and analysis of key support contracts  and streamlining some of our current financial practices, all of which are designed to support the needs of our diverse student body.  The post holder will play a key part in understanding the financial elements of support functions as well as undertaking detailed financial analysis of current contracts, re-procurement exercises and any proposals going forward. Additionally the post holder will support the Business Partners in areas requiring detailed financial analysis and process improvement, thereby improving the efficiency of our team, as well as enabling improved financial reporting to our Directors.  

Key responsibilities are:

  • Financial review and analysis of key support contracts, re-procurement and tender’s, following through to any implementation models and process change requirements.
  • Oversight and management of the financial process surrounding the Utilities spend of the University, a key requirement in this time of financial volatility.
  • Work alongside the Business Partners to assist in improving processes and efficiencies, as well as helping to design new reporting packs for Directors using a newly procured Financial Planning and Analysis Tool
  • Support the Business Partnering Team as required with high quality analysis and reporting in order to meet regulatory reporting requirements and decision making.

Line managed by the Senior Finance Business Partner, this would be an ideal opportunity for a Part Qualified CIMA or ACCA.  Study leave may be agreed depending on candidate status, and there may be an opportunity to study for professional exams with study support provided.  Applications from individuals with equivalent experience would also be welcomed.

You will have a sound knowledge and experience of working in financial analysis and costing, possibly project or contract based, an understanding of governance and compliance issues, and the ability to develop processes across multiple stakeholders.

Please contact Heidi Jones for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 10086) (PDF 142.5KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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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

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

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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