Finance Graduate - Business Partnering

Crawley, West Sussex
30 Apr 2019
30 May 2019
Job Role
Finance Graduate
Contract Type
Graduate scheme
Level of qualification
Not qualified

Job Purpose

Finance Business Partnering partner with all of the UKPN directorates to ensure there is collective accountability for the financial performance of the company. We support and challenge management at all levels, aspiring to achieve unrivalled levels of collaboration and professionalism. Total costs for the UKPN directorates is circa £900m per year.

The finance graduate will be assisting with a variety of roles over the 3 year programme, predominantly ensuring there is accurate and timely financial reporting, preparing financial management information (including KPI) and contributing towards the completion and understanding of UKPN management information.

You will be supporting both the finance management team and managers throughout the business to actively drive strong financial due diligence and to support, understand and challenge financial performance.

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Support the Finance Managers with the collection and analysis of financial information.
  2. Process accounting transactions and journals including accruals and prepayments to ensure accurately management accounts on a monthly basis.
  3. Produce accurate and timely monthly performance reports, understanding and highlighting the key messages, and proving relevant analysis where appropriate.
  4. Provide support in understanding the reasons for variances and work with the operational staff in the business to improve efficiency.
  5. Challenge costs and work to improve financial performance, developing meaningful management information to complement, or form part of, future performance reports.
  6. Assist with the annual budgets and regular forecasts, including liaising with financial planning and Operational colleagues to ensure budgets and forecasts are accurate and achievable.
  7. Assist with the calculation and annual price review cycle of the Connections business.
  8. Have involvement in the full Operational Performance Report, including reporting on both financial and non financial measures.

Nature and Scope

This is a professional role which includes liaising throughout the business, communicating with finance colleagues and senior managers.  You will be expected to have excellent communication skills and a professional attitude to work and those you deal with. 

This position is part of the UKPN finance team supporting the activities of all the Regions.  The post will be based at Crawley but the role will involve visits to other UKPN locations. 

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience

  • A graduate with a minimum of 2:1 degree and aptitude to facilitate a course of study towards a recognised professional accountancy qualification (CIMA)
  • Excellent communication skills, tact and awareness of others but prepared to be challenging.
  • Hold a full UK driving license and have regular access to a car.

Key Competencies

  • Able to define and align to the company’s culture and values.
  • Practical, hands on, and results orientated.
  • Works on their own initiative to agreed thresholds.
  • Offer a high level of commitment.
  • Communicate at all levels.
  • Work to tight deadlines.
  • Enthusiastic individual with the ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Willing to travel across the geographical areas of UK Power Networks where necessary.
  • Interpersonal skills that establish and maintain excellent relationships and credibility quickly.
  • Able to analyse and grasp a situation quickly and create well-reasoned solutions.
  • Effective communication skills - presents ideas and information in a way in which others are informed.

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied. 

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