Finance Business Partner
Simply Business
Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
4d ago

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.

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. We're proud of our inclusive and supportive culture, and we're passionate about creating an environment where everyone's cultural backgrounds, skills, and perspectives are valued.

    Join us and you'll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

    Brexit Statement :

    Following the UK's exit from the European Union, there are changes to Legal Right to Work legislation that applicants from the EU will need to be aware of.

    Before 30th June 2021, EU / EEA / Swiss citizens have a legal right to work in the UK and can provide a passport as evidence of this. No visa will be required.

    From 30th June 2021, EU citizens will be required to provide evidence of settled or pre-settled status in the UK as evidence of right to work.

    Without this, EU citizens will require a visa to work in the UK.

    We need a Finance Business Partner to join us in Northampton.

    As a team we're responsible for driving business growth and profitability by working with our business stakeholders to identify financial and commercially viable risk and opportunities.

    We do this through commercially focused month-end reporting, developing strategic business plans and collaborating on business cases for new initiatives.

    As a business that believes that people work more productively and imaginatively when they're free from rigid hierarchy and structures, we keep our start-up roots and entrepreneurialism at our heart, giving us the opportunity to support on new and innovative projects.

    As a Finance Business Partner you will :

  • partner with the Northampton Contact Centre, looking after both the revenue and cost base
  • work closely with contact centre leadership to drive the long range strategy of the business, while ensuring the right short-term decisions support this
  • 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 business partners
  • understand business requirements and translate them into meaningful financial analysis and business cases for management
  • support the global business, in particular the growing US business in establishing new processes and MI
  • What we're looking for :

  • qualified accountant with 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
  • gravitas to provide insightful challenge to senior executives
  • collaborative, engaging, and influencing communication style
  • ability to turn complex financial data into meaningful management level information
  • experience in owning the reporting of monthly financial results for communication to leadership teams
  • can present financial information both orally and in writing
  • experience in business partnering contact centres or commercial teams would be beneficial
  • strong Excel, PowerPoint, and modelling skills
  • 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, lifestyle pot, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday or a National Trust pass.

    The 'core' stuff

    These are available to all staff from your first day. Here's the summary :

  • a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we're in from your first day
  • an automatic enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%)
  • generous holiday entitlement
  • life assurance - 4 x your basic salary
  • a health cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
  • an extra day off if you get married or move house
  • unlimited access to 24 / 7 virtual GP
  • bupa nurse healthline
  • employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • eye care vouchers
  • local discounts
  • The fun stuff

    We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like :

  • a full gym membership
  • lifestyle pot (a pot of cash to be used against anything you want need : well being, personal development, hobbies or childcare costs)
  • private medical insurance
  • extra days annual leave (up to 5 days)
  • shopping vouchers
  • dental insurance
  • travel insurance
  • taste card
  • 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.


    We're trusted to get the right stuff done in the way that suits us best


    We respect the uniques skills and perspective that everyone has


    If we can make it simpler , we do, and if we can't then we explain it so everyone can understand


    We're always learning, developing and improving, and helping others do the same


    We lead with purpose and make things happen

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