Network Rail Jobs 2023 – Senior Finance Business

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Milton Keynes, GB

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About Network Rail

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Our finance function is key to our success. Our diverse and high-achieving team is responsible for ensuring we secure appropriate funding and get the best possible value for the money we spend, driving forward our continuing mission to transform the UK’s rail network into a world-class infrastructure.

We are looking for a Senior Finance Business Partner to work as an integral member of our CFO Directorate. You will be responsible for reporting our company wide management accounts and financial performance to the board, while playing a key role in our financial reporting, management and governance activities.

Brief Description

Vacancy Type: Permanent. Flexible working patterns will be considered.

Location: This role will be based at The Quadrant: MK.

Closing date: 20 th October 2023. Interviews will be W/C 31 st October 2023

Band & Salary: 3C, £53,202 – £59,853.

About The Role (External)

What are the key accountabilities?

  • Consolidate, critically review and provide technical advice and guidance on periodic financial results and forecasts to Identify and monitor risks, opportunities and efficiencies to minimise the financial and legal impact on the business area.
  • Provide robust professional recommendations and financial guidance on accounting guidelines and standards to enable the business to be financially and legally compliant.
  • Provide technical and professional oversight of the periodic accounts, relevant analysis and preparation of business plans and budgets to enable the business to make effective decisions.
  • Develop, understand and influence the cost and income drivers relevant to the business area to deliver the yearly business plan and manage to the overall settlement by effective decision making.
  • Drive, adapt and deliver key KPI’S and deliverables for the business, highlighting any significant issues and trends with financial and other business results to aid decision makers to make efficiencies.

What are the essential skills and experience we’re looking for?

  • Membership (or working towards membership) of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW) or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills all levels. This should include customers, third party representatives, other business and functional leaders and key support personnel.
  • Successful relevant experience working in a complex financial environment including demonstrable experience in managing business risks, professional financial control and forward planning.
  • Demonstrable record of budget management, governance and ability to understand and interpret commercial and financial landscapes (budgets, forecasts, actual status).
  • Significant experience in managing ambiguity in a financial environment with strong evaluation and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent technical Financial and Accounting knowledge and application of that knowledge in a complex and commercial environment.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline, for example accounting and finance, business management or equivalent demonstrable experience in finance.

We would also like, but it isn’t crucial:

  • Full membership of relevant post graduate professional body (CIMA/ACCA/ICAEW).
  • Experience of Oracle based systems.
  • Substantial experience within multiple finance disciplines.
  • Knowledge and technical expertise of Government accounting and relevant financial governance.
  • Understanding of project management principles and experience of managing complex projects to successful conclusion.

How To Apply (External)

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Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

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For more information regarding this role, please contact hiring manager Simon Harding (

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