The University of Edinburgh is an exciting place to work. We are a global institution that attracts staff and students from around the world, delivering top quality graduates and excellent research in a highly competitive environment. The University was established in 1583 and has played an important role locally, nationally and internationally ever since. The expectation is that in the current financial year our turnover will exceed £1bn for the first time, as we continue to grow our various income streams and collaborations. This work is made possible by more than 13,000 talented staff members and our strong industry partnerships both locally and globally.
To ensure that the University continues to maintain its prominent position in Scotland and the World we need to ensure that we deploy our resources effectively, sustainably and with impact. Our Finance Business Partnering team was established a few years ago to help us develop business cases, which support the strategic ambitions of the University. Our team will engage with our academics and professional service colleagues to build and present propositions for investment that will help the University realise its goals and stated objectives. Critically evaluating assumptions, challenging beliefs and modelling the financial impacts over the long-term form the basis of this role, but the real skills required are the ability to listen and form effective relationships.
Technical skills are important too; understanding the financial impact of proposals and being able to articulate these with clarity to colleagues with varying backgrounds is crucial. Using modelling software along with well-developed templates, our aim is to provide our principal decision makers with the best information available to support the decisions they make. We will also review and analyse projects completed to ensure that we are realising the benefits we expected and that we learn lessons for future projects with similar aspects.
There is real breadth in what the Finance Business Partners do, including supporting the development of new buildings (research facilities, teaching spaces, student accommodation for example), the commercialisation of Intellectual Property, proposed collaborations with other organisations (such as overseas universities or Industry), review of internal processes and systems that support new initiatives and financial impacts of policy decisions or objectives. The post-holder will experience a wide range of activities across this large comprehensive university.
The Finance Business Partner team sits within the Finance Department. Our vision in Finance is to be world-class in everything we do, recognised as a trusted strategic partner in the successful delivery of the University’s academic mission. We work with integrity, demonstrating our values as one combined transparent, innovative, customer-focused team of experts.
The University of Edinburgh is a great place to work, and is hugely proactive in its approach to continual improvement and investment. The Finance Business Partner role is central to helping the University achieve its goals and is viewed as an extremely helpful critical friend who is able to bring rigour and consistency to proposals which will promote good decisions.
I look forward to welcoming our newest member to the team so that we can continue to provide this valuable high-profile service to our colleagues and other stakeholders.
Director of Specialist Services