Finance Business Partner

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Date: Apr 25, 2024

Location: Manchester, Manchester , GB

Company: Bureau Veritas


An award-winning employer, our people are trusted and responsible, believing in what they do with a clear commitment to contribute to transforming the world we live in and shaping a world of trust. Bureau Veritas operates in a wide range of sectors, delivering Testing, Inspection and Certification services to some of the world’s biggest household names. With more than 400,000 global clients and a reputation for quality, we are at the forefront of service and innovation.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we have worked hard to create a supportive and engaging working environment, which is open and inclusive and individuals are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and really leave their mark.



Role: Finance Business Partner

Location: Wythenshawe – Hybrid – 2 office days per week

Package: Competitive salary + excellent benefits 


Your career is about more than building a CV-it’s a chance to #Leaveyourmark



Make an impact doing work you can be proud of and contributing to a global mission to enhance safety standards with integrity and help us create a brighter future, shaping a world of trust, and a safer society for us all.


Role Purpose:  Finance lead for Business Unit, including Business Partnering on day-to-day activities and FP&A. Key role in driving operational performance, gross margin improvement and ensuring accountability. Responsible for Certification and Capital Projects (including Renewables)


Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ownership of business unit P&L and FP&A
  • Processing month end close for business units, delivering accurate and robust valuation of Work in Progress, accrued income and direct cost accruals. Drive continuous improvement to meet time and quality constraints
  • Creation and review of Work In Progress (WIP) files
  • Help to drive new business opportunities by creating robust Sales models and commercial proposals in accordance with budgeted pricing & profitability guidelines
  • Support the MI Team to provide robust reporting to enable Operational Management to drive performance
  • Leading the annual budget process for business units and periodic corporate financial forecasts for the UK in accordance with BV UK quality and timeline expectations. Drive continuous improvement in the quality of both via the implementation of appropriate measures.
  • Month end review and analysis to assist in decision making for business leaders, using insights to drive operational performance
  • Implementation and review of financial controls and processes to improve accuracy and efficiencies
  • Understanding of capacity and utilisation relating to business unit resource, helping to drive improvements
  • Driving improvements in working capital by working closely with invoicing and credit control to resolve issues and implement best practice and streamline processes
  • Implementation of Finance initiatives in business units helping to drive agenda in-line with business priorities and ensure consistency with wider business
  • Ad-hoc Finance modelling, for example business cases and CAPEX projects
  • Working closely with Operational Management, Client Development Team and Head of Operational Account performance to review contract performance for the business units and create action plans to address issues relating to growth & profitability
  • Day to day Finance Business Partnering with stakeholders throughout the business units to increase commercial awareness and sound decision-making


Experience & Skills Required:

  • Proven business partner experience with a sound knowledge of best practice approaches
  • Ability to influence and challenge stakeholders at all levels
  • Problem solving skills and an analytical approach
  • IT literacy (advanced MS Excel, Access desirable)
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Access skills preferred but not essential


Qualifications Required:

  • Educated to degree level in a related discipline
  • Qualified ACCA / CIMA / ACA 


What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary 
  • 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays with the option to buy or sell 5 holidays, plus an option to carry over 5 days
  • Combined pension contributions of up to 12%
  • Share in Success company bonus scheme - We recognise that overall business success is due to the contribution made by every employee
  • Annual Salary review
  • Flexible benefits scheme, to suit what is important to you including Life Cover, Private health care, Dental Care, GymFlex, Techscheme, Enhanced Maternity/Paternity policy, Give as You Earn scheme & Travel Insurance
  • Health and Wellbeing Support through; Mental Health First aiders, Employee Assistance programme & Smart Health services
  • Working for an Industry leading global Inspection company certified as a UK Top Employer for the last nine years in a row


Why work for Bureau Veritas?

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we have worked hard to create a supportive and engaging culture, where individuals are given the opportunity to fulfil their true potential. After all, we have been certified as a UK Top Employer for the last nine years in a row.




Please be aware that all roles within Bureau Veritas UK&I may require a DBS, Credit or Security Clearance Check.


Bureau Veritas is an equal opportunity employer.  No job applicant or employee shall receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, colour, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability or age.


Bureau Veritas operates a strict Code of Ethics that ensures the proper conduct of our day-to-day business.  

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