Finance Business Analyst
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Business Analyst (FBA) to work across the BBC’s Professional Services.
BBC Professional Services include the professional, commercial and business services of the BBC: HR & Academy, Marketing & Audiences, Property, Finance, Procurement, Legal, Licence Fee Unit, Strategy, Commercial Rights & Business Affairs, Quality, Risk & Assurance and Policy and has over 2,400 staff.
The finance team of 18 professionals plays a key role in the success of these departments by working with Executive Committee directors to manage budgets of £700m and Licence Fee income of £3.6bn. We add value by providing insightful financial analysis and act as critical advisor on key financial decisions. The support provided by the finance team is crucial as budgets are large and complex, projects and contracts have a strategic impact on the wider BBC and the industry is constantly developing.
Finance Business Analysts (FBAs) support the BBC in driving best value from the licence fee within each business area. FBAs will focus on forward-looking, large scale and/or high-impact commercial and investment decisions and support effective financial planning within their area. They will work alongside Finance Business Partners delivering financial and business analysis to help solve key business problems, progress local projects and initiatives and influence business decisions.
The nature of the team means the role will regularly be dealing with senior stakeholders and cutting across different parts of the organisation. There is a strong focus on the development of team members, ensuring people work on a diverse range of projects, gain excellent senior exposure and take advantage of opportunities for both on- and off-the-job development.
Own and deliver high quality financial and business analysis with options and recommendations to solve business problems and to influence and challenge business decisions
Analyse financial and non-financial data, performance, risks and issues to identify underlying business trends or themes that need to be addressed, sharing external and BBC wide knowledge and good practice
Deliver high quality supporting papers, reports, briefing notes (as required) across all work areas, for sharing and discussion with the Finance Business Partner / Finance Director / Senior Management or Divisional and Departmental Boards
Promote and deliver improvements through identifying and recommending opportunities for efficiencies and value generation
Build and develop strong relationships with key business and finance stakeholders and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships across the Finance community
Maintain up to date knowledge and understanding of the different business areas, including their underlying cost drivers and key strategic challenges and opportunities
Referencing and championing external and BBC-wide knowledge of best practice in financial analysis, ways of working and commercial performance
Are you the right candidate?
We have a strong track record of developing individuals at all stages of their career – from newly qualified accountants, to those looking to change direction, and those returning to work after a career break. A professional accounting qualification e.g ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent qualification would be preferable. Whatever stage your career is at, what’s important is that you can demonstrate your experience in most of the following areas:
Analytical skills – ability to collate and interpret complex data in Excel, and to translate and simplify this analysis in PowerPoint – ultimately driving and influencing decision making
Problem solving – identifying key objectives and resolving challenges on a timely basis; communicating next steps to ensure management take informed decisions
Task management – scoping of work from the outset, establishing clear timelines and milestones, and prioritising/escalating issues to ensure timely delivery
Relationships – building strong relationships and influencing a broad range of stakeholders, including those in executive leadership positions
Drive and resilience – team members should be able to manage their own work, run projects independently, and keep stakeholders appraised of progress
Development – clarity about your career direction and a desire to progress in the business and take on challenging projects to develop yourself and others
Industry knowledge – either experience working in the media sector, or a keen interest and ability to discuss its trends, direction of travel, and relevance to the BBC
Interviews will be conducted by the Head of Finance and Finance Business Partners and will include a short case study assessment exercise. You will have 10-15 minutes to present your case study recommendations, followed by a 45 minute competency-based interview.
Contract type: 12 month FTC or attachment
We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
- Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
- Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
- Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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