Finance Business Partner

Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Team: Finance
  • Grade: Senior Associate (SEO)
  • Salary: £38,990.64
  • Location: Manchester. With occasional travel to other locations to meet business needs
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 3rd Jul 2022 BST

Job Description

About us

We are Britain’s national equality regulator and a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ national human rights institution.

We uphold people’s rights without fear or favour. We use the full force of our legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. We advise on developing laws and provide guidance, training and support to enable compliance.

We bring people together to create change. We work with employers, governments and a wide range of organisations, to promote understanding of equality and human rights and we support them to make improvements in practice.

Overview of the role and responsibilities

Working as a Finance Business Partner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, you will provide strategic support to budget holders operating in both corporate and delivery areas. In a small Non-Departmental Public Body, you will have the opportunity to get directly involved in a range of interesting and diverse work.  The role will provide the opportunity to influence and support key business functions as well as contribute to improving financial capability and decision making in the organisation.

As a Finance Business Partner you will use your financial professionalism to develop insight and understanding of our operations with the aim of supporting our objective of continual improvement in financial management.

You will:

  • Provide an effective Business Partnering service to support senior management and budget holders in their budget management and forecasting responsibilities.

  • Ensure month end activities are performed in a timely and efficient manner, including the preparation of accruals and prepayments, and providing assurance of financial commitment information.

  • Provide monthly management accounts for directorates, review and challenge forecasts, provide narrative explanations of variances and highlight any emerging risks.

  • Support the provision of high quality, timely management information and insight data, optimising the use of financial modelling and tools to support evidence-based decision making.

  • Maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Work collaboratively with other Finance Business Partners and other departments to ensure consistency of approach and alignment of financial plans with our overall financial strategy. 

Team Responsibilities

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to contribute to the finance team and to be a voice for the continual development of financial capability across the Commission. and to contribute to the success of the overall finance function.

The success of the overall finance function is based on its members sharing their specialist knowledge and experience, taking responsibility for improving the integrity, quality and transparency of data and forecasts, and for the efficiency of end-to-end processes

The key responsibilities for this team include:

  • Supporting sound financial management within the Commission via the annual budget-setting exercise, monitoring and reporting on expenditure with an understanding of funding requirements, and helping to ensure that resources are allocated to enable us to operate effectively.

  • Providing support and advice to senior management / budget holders on a day to day basis to help them manage their resources effectively.

  • Assisting in the preparation of our annual report and accounts ensuring that information is accurate and produced in accordance with current guidance, ensuring the integrity of our financial statements to enable the Commission to produce unqualified statutory accounts.

  • Providing finance training to colleagues across the Commission 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

The role requires intellectual depth, tact, diplomacy and resilience. You will need to build strong relationships with stakeholders and be able to hold your own in a senior stakeholder environment.

You will need to build the trust and confidence of key stakeholders and provide an authoritative voice, providing challenge and solutions to problems.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience required include:


  • Qualified CCAB (or CIMA) accountant, or part qualified and actively working towards qualification

  • The ability to engage and build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders so that your advice is sought, acting as a critical friend

  • Knowledge of monthly reporting requirements and the delivery of monthly finance processes in an efficient and effective way that is sensitive to customer needs.

  • Ability to organise and prioritise your own work in an environment of competing demands, ensuring that key deadlines are met.

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to engage with internal stakeholders and to relay complex financial concepts to a wide variety of audiences.

  • Ability to analytically examine complex information, identify critical evidence and make persuasive, credible recommendations.

  • Experience of financial IT systems and the use of advanced MS Excel to analyse information and produce financial reports for a variety of audiences.


  • A working knowledge of government finance, accounting and budgeting rules and accounting standards to ensure that they are applied correctly

  • Understanding of project management techniques and their application in a financial control framework

  • Understanding of risk management principles in a public sector context

  • Experience of engaging and working with external stakeholders to achieve satisfactory outcomes

  • Experience in the preparation of statutory accounts which comply to current public sector requirements


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits including flexible working patterns, 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (full time FTE), access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes, and enhanced parental leave benefits. More information can be found in the candidate pack.

How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you, please review the attached Candidate Pack for more information and submit your application today!

If you have any questions, please contact Alan Sharman: Finance Principal - or 0161 829 8203.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an accredited Disability Confident Leader and operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for candidates with a disability.

Should you wish to apply under our Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment, please indicate this in your application.  

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment  – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100.

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our respectful workplace that values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background.  We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone to ensure we achieve a balanced representation in our workforce in all grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Start your de-biased application


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Start your de-biased application