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Senior Finance Business Partner

University of the West of Scotland – Finance Department

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Finance Business Partner to join the growing team here at UWS.

University of the West of Scotland is driving an ambitious strategy for high-quality learning teaching, and research and innovation, with a global engagement agenda to reflect the needs of the 21st century workplace.

UWS is reliant on financial sustainability to underpin the delivery of this strategy, which means a drive for increased value for money in all areas. Deans and Directors have accountability and responsibility for delivering the required growth in revenue and management of resources within their area to achieve the aims of the Strategy.

The SFBP will be the key financial adviser to the Dean/Director. Supported by a Reporting Accountant, they will provide management information for both strategic and operational purposes, and undertake financial planning, budgeting and forecasting, risk analysis and business plan appraisal, driving forward financial management strategies and plans.  They will work in conjunction with the senior Departmental/School teams in identifying income generation and funding strategies. 

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Proven track record of developing and securing excellent business relationships.
  • Proactive approach to work
  • Extensive experience working in a finance role within a large and complex commercial organisation.
  • Strategic financial management and leadership experience.
  • Significant knowledge and experience of financial and budgetary control systems.
  • Ability to work well individually and in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to generate personal impact and maintain credibility at all levels.

About us

The University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

UWS is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 200 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2023 Young University Rankings).

Our professional services teams are the backbone of UWS, providing robust and innovative solutions to support the vast range of work across learning and teaching, and research and innovation. You will join a supportive and dedicated team, playing a key role in a range of work that will help drive forward our ambition to deliver world-leading research, and graduates who will design, shape, and build a new future.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 24 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • An additional days leave on your birthday
  • 19.3% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.
  • Day off for your Birthday

Interview date: TBC

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.