Finance Business Partner - Tech (18 month FTC - Mat Cover)

London, UK
Finance – Finance
Contract
A brief update on Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Simply Business is well prepared to deal with unprecedented events. We’re an agile business by nature – and our hiring and interview process is no exception. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some parts of our hiring process may take a little longer than usual.  Please bear with us, and rest assured that we're happy to hear from you and receive your application.

If it looks like you could be a good fit for the role, we’ll ask you to interview on Zoom – you’ll need WiFi and a laptop, or a 4G-enabled smartphone. If you don’t have access to either of these, or you need support with your application, get in touch with us at careers@simplybusiness.co.uk. Similarly, please email us if you’re not well, you’re self-isolating, or if you want to pause your application for a bit – we’ll be happy to keep you updated on future opportunities like the one below.

Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability.

Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people.

We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA.

Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working  life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey  to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

Reporting to the Head of FP&A and supporting the Chief Technology Officer, the Finance Business Partner will provide support for all aspects of financial planning, analysis and reporting to support the senior management team in the ongoing management of the business and delivery of strategic objectives

As a Finance Business Partner you will:

    • work closely with the Chief Technology Officer and senior tech leadership to drive the long-range technology strategy of the business, supported by the right short-term decision making 
    • be a core influencer, proactively driving key strategic initiatives, including identifying areas of opportunity
    • take ownership of the cost base ensuring performance to plan is maintained with opportunities identified and risks mitigated
    • continuously drive optimisation through insightful analysis and close collaboration with technology partners
    • be able to understand technology requirements and translate them into meaningful financial analysis and business cases for management
    • support our global technology team by aligning the insights from both the UK and US market

Responsibilities include:

    • budgeting, forecasting and reporting functionality for technology
    • developing technology reporting, including creating KPI reports that will enhance performance, operational efficiency and profitability
    • leading the capital development and intercompany transfer pricing processes
    • creating business cases for technology initiatives

What we’re looking for:

    • qualified accountant with five-plus years PQE and prior experience working in a similar role and industry
    • self-starter, highly motivated and able to work autonomously in a fast-paced and changing environment
    • the gravitas to provide insightful challenge to senior executives
    • a collaborative, engaging and influencing communication style
    • the ability to turn complex financial data into meaningful management level information
    • a forward thinker rather than having a sole focus on historical data
    • experience in reporting monthly financial results for communication to leadership teams and parent company stakeholders 
    • experience presenting financial information both orally and written
    • strong Excel/modelling skills/Powerpoint
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
• life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
• a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• an automatic enrollment pension (employer-matched at 5%) 

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:
• a full gym membership
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering.

In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

Empowerment
We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretchthemselves

Authenticity
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive

Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customerstime andeffort

Learning
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them

Pioneering
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better  experiences