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Assistant Finance Planning & Strategy Analyst

University of Reading - Finance

Location: Reading
Salary: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th February 2024
Closes: 24th March 2024
Job Ref: SRF46862
 

Reporting to the Finance Business Partner (FBP), the role will be part of the Finance Planning and Strategy team, providing high quality strategic financial information, forecasts and support to the University as well as supporting the Business Partners in their work.

The successful candidates will need to gain a deep and thorough understanding of how the University finances operate especially at School and Service level. They will be key in providing reports and related data for the forecasting and reporting of the Group Income and Expenditure with input from the business partners. A key part of the role will be to assist in developing and presenting meaningful, relevant and timely management information and reports to the senior management teams of both Schools and Services to aid decision making.

Main Duties & Responsibilities Include:

  • Professionally present and deliver high level, informative Reports to both Head of Departments and Directorates as well as the relevant FBP’s.
  • Analysis & Reporting: Combine quantitative, qualitative data & statistical analysis to highlight trends
  • Support the FBP in producing the budgets and quarterly forecasting
  • Ensure strong budgeting, reporting and forecasting processes are in place
  • Assist Heads of Department with the budget/forecast processes meeting with them on a regular basis to facilitate this.
  • Update the cost centre budgets/forecasts in COGNOS following meetings with Heads of Department and FBPs.
  • Provide accurate and timely financial data and analysis to inform decision making. Providing and Interpreting Financial Information, analysing trends and highlighting areas of both risk and opportunities.
  • Working with the FPB’s, prepare and deliver periodic and annual management accounts to Heads of School and Directorates.
  • Production of Management Accounts and variance analysis
  • Conduct detailed analysis of data, interpret results and trends, present results to the FBP
  • Support Departmental Heads in their understanding and interpretation of financial training and where appropriate carry out relevant training
  • Advise members of  school and directorates to enable them to produce their own financial reports, meeting with them where necessary facilitate this.
  • Work with FBP’s and fellow Analysts to develop best practice and promote ideas and process improvement
  • Ensure financial expertise is up to date and relevant to the role by attending related courses, technical updates reading and sector group/meeting attendance
  • Building strong relationships with all stakeholders, ensuring they have confidence in the Finances and the procedures and policies that are in place.

Please see the Job Description for a full list of duties and responsibilities

The postholder will receive 32 days annual leave plus public holidays and a generous pension provision with the employer contributions over 14%.

Closing date: 24 March 2024
Interviews will be held: 4 April 2024

Informal contact details   
Contact role: Finance Business Partner
Contact name: Judith Miles
Contact email: j.miles@reading.ac.uk

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Deputy Director of Finance
Contact name: Maire Misselbrook
Contact email: m.a.misselbrook@reading.ac.uk 

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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