Finance Business Partner/ Strategic Accountant

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Finance Business Partner/ Strategic Accountant
Interim Position

MPS 0007 1B5E / 1

Posted: 28th February 2023 09:36
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £477.64 per day PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months

  • London,

    SE1 1SG

What's involved with this role:

Interim Finance Business Partner/ Strategic Accountant

Reference no:  MPS 0007 1B5E / 1

Pay Rate: Up to £477.64 per day PAYE depending on experience

This opening assignment is for 6 months

Hybrid working

CTC vetting required for this role

This role will require the need to work outside office hours occasionally

This role is for a leading London Police organisation, candidates with current CTC/SC clearances will go through their vetting processes, currently this is taking up to 6 months.  If you are already in a contract that potentially is not ending for a few months and this role is of interest, do let us know, we would be happy to discuss further.

The focus of the role is primarily on financial governance and oversight in line with the Police and Crime Plan, across a portfolio that includes major transformational change programmes, estates strategy, digital policing, major commercial contracts and managing national programmes as well as fulfilling statutory responsibilities, providing strategic financial advice and fulfilling its functions effectively, efficiently, economically and with good governance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for effective monitoring and financial management of MOPAC’s budget.
  • Responsible for providing support in relation to all accounts related activities.
  • Responsible for ensuring that value for money is achieved wherever possible and to critically challenge internal and external customers to ensure value for money is met.
  • Advise on financial implications of processes and decisions, referring to the Head of Financial Management - Oversight where appropriate.
  • Responsible for updating, interpreting, analysing, explaining and validating financial benchmarking information provided. Developing and implementing indicators to identify productivity gains where applicable.
  • Ensure propriety in all aspects of work undertaken.
  • Embed financial efficiency and accountability across all of MOPAC’s business.
  • Provision of timely, accurate and proactive management information to contribute to the corporate performance framework.
  • Support the Head of Financial Management - Oversight in scrutinising and assuring capital and resource spend, including its Transformation programme (estates, digital).
  • Carry out financial appraisal of new developments, policies and other initiatives.
  • Provide financial analysis and interpretation of relevant new legislation, government initiatives and other developments including ad-hoc projects such as appropriate.
  • Liaise with the production of financial information required by MOPAC and with regard to annual and monthly reports/ returns, and quarterly budget monitoring reports, Mayors Questions and other ad hoc requests.
  • Support the Head of Financial Management - Oversight in ensuring there are appropriate systems and processes in place to administer and monitor the grant funding and bidding processes.
  • Apply financial scrutiny over Counter Terrorism Policing investment and spend
  • The Finance team operates a flexible approach and adapts work allocation in response to the priorities and workload of the day. The role could also at times include monitoring of the financial accounts and MOPAC’s internal budget.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. CIPFA or equivalent CCAB accounting qualification.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of effectively managing budgets and planning and managing projects on their own and to meet deadlines.
  3. Ability to scrutinise the MPS with regard value for money and their effective, efficient and cost-conscious use of resources.
  4. Experience of finalising accounts at year end.
  5. Experience of working in a politically sensitive environment.
  6. Knowledge of local government financial and accounting. framework and relevant legislation would be an advantage.
  7. Knowledge of value for money within the policing sector.
  8. The post holder will be expected to take on such corporate responsibilities as may be necessary from time to time.
  9. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Finance Business Partner/ Strategic Accountant
Client Category: Local Authority

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