Finance Business Partner – Operations & Corporate Services

Job reference:
BAs 21/51
Contract type:
Full Time
Open Ended Appointment
£38,969 - £49,794 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Finance team
Closing date:
14 March, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We are looking to appoint a Finance Business Partner to deliver financial planning & analysis, manage high profile projects and lead the capital and fixed asset process supporting Operations and Engineering, and the Corporate Services Division.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey's skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


Deliver financial planning & analysis, manage high profile projects and lead the capital and fixed asset process supporting Operations & Engineering (including Ships, Research Stations and Air Unit) and Corporate Services Divisions.


Qualified CCAB or equivalent accountant with post qualification experience working in organisations with complex financial service delivery.


1) Budget holder engagement (including budgetary process for resource and capital, monthly and year-end management reporting, review meetings, forecasting, training, etc.)
2) Manage performance and professional development of a team of three staff members
3) Deliver financial forecasts for three to five years as part of the Centre Activity and Resource Plan (CARP) in the unique Antarctic Logistics Infrastructure (ALI)/Non-ALI format
4) Financial stewardship for project managers
5) Support Head of Finance in delivering relevant Finance work streams for BAS Transformation Programme and enhance current Financial processes and procedures 6) Ensure governance and compliance with Financial Policies
7) Represent/Deputise across various forums including Operations Coordination Group (OCG), Corporate Services Senior Management Team, South Georgia Liaison Committee Meeting
8) Collaborate with key stakeholders including United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI), UK Shared Business Services (UKSBS), Procurement & Commercial Partners and Programme Management Office (PMO) to ensure the strategic mission of BAS is achieved
9) Produce Annual Business Plan
10) Management of assets
11) Interim and Year end
12) Any other duties as appropriate as required by the Director

The above list is not exhaustive, and the job holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post. All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and UKRI

Publication Date: 12th February 2021
Please quote reference: BAS 21/51
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 14th March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 24th March 2021

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. - Essential
  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships across the wider organisation including senior management - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Fully conversant with MS-office applications - Essential
  • Must have an excellent working knowledge of financial accounting and management reporting systems (preferably with an integrated resource-based accounting system) - Essential
  • Knowledge of Oracle Financials - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Capable of contributing to the development of strategies in support of achieving business goals - Essential
  • Ability to convey complex accounting concepts in a straightforward manner to non-financial colleagues and provide sound advice and guidance. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Strong team player with the ability to prioritise and work in a flexible manner. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Proven track record of developing, mentoring and coaching finance staff - Essential
  • A team player with the ability to build and maintain a motivated team who work in a seamless way with colleagues across BAS and UKRI in support of mission delivery - Essential
  • Evidence of providing training - Desirable [2]
  • Workshop facilitation - Desirable [4]

Numerical ability

  • Able to apply professional knowledge to carry out detailed financial analyses and to develop and deliver useful strategic reporting - Essential
  • Experience in providing strategic financial advice and guidance - Essential
  • Strong attention to detail and high delivery standards. - Essential
  • Preferably for a public sector, academic or research-based organisation. - Desirable [1]


  • Qualified CCAB or equivalent accountant with post qualification experience working in organisations with complex financial service delivery - Essential
  • Evidence of continuous professional development - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • Management of financial activity/teams in a cross functional environment. - Essential
  • Capable of contributing to the development of new business systems and reporting - Essential
  • Costing support - Desirable [1]
  • Business and scenario planning - Desirable [3]
  • Project Management - Desirable [2]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

[email protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.