Finance Business Partner

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£38,000 to £50,000 per annum
Salary Description:
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are embarking on a project to put in place new arrangements for the management of buildings across England, Scotland and Wales. This includes management of hard and soft services, statutory compliance, capital projects, and supply chain management processes to improve the delivery and performance of facilities maintenance across the organisation.

As DWP’s Integrator, Sodexo is working in partnership with DWP to deliver a range of work-streams and associated activities during the coming 12-18 months.

In the short-term we will be managing the transition to a new contractor to manage priority work and assets whilst working alongside existing providers to drive up performance. This interim arrangement will provide DWP with the opportunity to engage with a range of FM providers to assess the various delivery models for FM ahead of a formal tender exercise. This will ultimately inform the operating model for future delivery to achieve a best in class service solution for DWP whilst ensuring a smooth transition with minimal disruption to employees and stakeholders.
Job DescriptionAs part of our commitment to improving the quality of life for our employees, Sodexo offers a Flexible Benefits Scheme, allowing you to tailor a reward package to suit your needs but includes a technology scheme, private dental insurance, travel insurance, gym membership, Gourmet card, private medical insurance and the ability to purchase or sell annual leave. We also have a Sodexo Discount scheme, which offers employees and their friends and family the opportunity to benefit from over 1,200 discounts from top retailers both online and in-store.
Main Responsibilities
The aim of this role is to provide financial and business support in delivering the project’s objectives  and managing the project budgets defined by the relevant teams across DWP.
This role will Own objectives as agreed in regular planning sessions – ownership defined as being responsible for the delivery of an objective, using the expertise of the wider team to provide content.
Manage projects and initiatives providing operational services to customers and clients across all aspects of the facilities management
Exposure to and delivery of operational services in diverse customer facing environments.
Finance assistance across specific supply chain – Estates Management covering rent, rates and service charges at circa £300m p.a.

Project Finance:

Creating and maintaining the project budget.
Raising and management of purchase orders and costs as required.
Identifying risks to budget and costs– mitigating these risks where possible.
Maintaining and optimising opportunities to improve cost and business efficiencies.
Monthly forecasting for project budget to a high standard.
Month end management commentary.

Corporate & Commercial Finance:

Understand the financial impact of operational decision making.
Supporting procurement activity where required, including ‘should cost’ analysis and scenario planning.
Manage final accounting for demobilising suppliers.
Support the mobilisation of new suppliers.
Review financial controls processes.

The Ideal Candidate
Newly Qualified Accountant Looking to begin or have started a finance qualification
Competent with Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
Understanding of real estate management
Ability to manage own time, and deliver objectives under direction
Flexible approach
Relationship building
Looking to begin or have started a finance qualification
Excellent communication skills and proven ability to articulate self verbally and in writing, including taking and compilation of meeting minutes and actions.
Demonstrates initiative and anticipates needs
Self-starter and self-motivated with ability to prioritise and schedule work under conflicting pressures
Able to demonstrate a high degree of discretion, tact and confidentiality
Ability to work under pressure
Ability to work unsupervised
Ability to multi-task

About The CompanyIn the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity  disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation. 

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.


Contact Details:
Tel: 01276 687 000
Contact: James Tanswell

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