Finance Business Partner

Home Based | Accountancy

Finance Business Partner  
Home-based with 2-3 days per week at HMP Fosse Way, Leicester       
Full Time, Permanent    

£65,000 - £80,000 (dependent on experience)  


Here at Serco, we're looking for an ambitious Finance Business Partner to support Serco business leaders to deliver profitable and sustainable growth for services at our new prison HMP Fosse Way. You will be responsible for providing dedicated, commercial, and financial decision support aligned to strategic and customer priorities, to win good business and improve shareholder value. You will work with this specific contract to challenge assumptions, influence decisions, and make recommendations for efficiency improvements to sustain growth.


HMP Fosse Way is a new build Category 'C' resettlement prison near Leicester, which will house up to 1,715 prisoners. It opened in early 2023 and will be fully operational in Q2 2024. As a resettlement prison, HMP Fosse Way will have a strong focus on rehabilitation with an emphasis on safety, security and decency and will have a range of fully integrated services designed to reduce re-offending and prepare prisoners for release and transition back into the community.

Serco are responsible for management, operation, and maintenance of the prison and employ a workforce of around 550 employees.

As part of this you'll:


  • Demonstrate ownership and responsibility of financial performance - c. £40m-£50m ACV
  • Provide finance and commercial decision support to the Contract Director and SLT
  • Build strong relationships with the HMP Fosse Way customer to negotiate and resolve outstanding commercial items
  • Play a key role in bidding for organic growth
  • Ensure transition from Prison ramp-up to steady state is smooth through working collaboratively with the Serco team and customer
  • Support the delivery of any contract specific margin improvement initiatives
  • Ensure appropriate scrutiny of all KPI's to ensure robust reporting and drive the business to minimise financial impacts
  • Lead the finance aspects of any in contract growth opportunities


What you'll need to do the role:

  • Commercially minded and customer focused
  • Evidence of working with external customers is essential
  • A track record of collaborating with business leaders in a complex business environment
  • Evidence of ability to influence, negotiate, listen to and resolve conflicts with key decision makers
  • Proven ability to highlight problems, offer innovative and practical solutions, and drive through your execution
  • Strong commercial acumen, as well as a strong understanding of the relationships between key financial and non-financial business value drivers
  • Ability to interpret and deal with incomplete data; and the capability to exercise judgement where there is ambiguity
  • The successful applicant must be able to show evidence of building and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Have a flexible approach to working and a willingness and ability to travel regularly within the UK


Why Serco:


Meaningful and vital work: In this position, your work is vital to the business, in terms of decisions and growth. You will gain a world of opportunity working for a globally operating business delivering essential services across 5 vital sectors, personal growth, achievement and development won't be hard to find. You'll also work with great people. You'll find yourself working in a highly motivated, supportive environment where no two days are the same, with experienced colleagues who strive for excellence.

What we offer:


  • Company car / £4200 cash alternative
  • Bonus scheme - 10% on target, 20% exceeding targets
  • Private healthcare
  • Flexible working considered
  • Pension - 6%
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Growth and development opportunities - Serco will support with a range of qualifications
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Wisdom App, Bupa Anytime HealthLine, Simply Health Plans and more
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, Mobile Phone discounts, Cinema discounts, Leisure and Hospitality discounts
  • Up to 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase more
  • Life assurance



About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.



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Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.


We see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates. We're a proud holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard and we actively encourage applications from females, those with disabilities or from an ethnic minority background. 

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06/03/2024 01:14:00
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