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Finance Business Partner

Ramblers Association


Posted 3 weeks ago


It’s a very exciting time to join the Ramblers. We have been instrumental in helping Britain experience the great outdoors for almost 90 years. But we are looking to the future, not the past.


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The Ramblers is an influential charity dedicated to opening up the countryside and green spaces to everyone, promoting the benefits of walking and ensuring public access to the great outdoors. For nearly 90 years, we’ve campaigned for walkable landscapes, maintained paths, and led numerous walking activities. We’re at an exciting juncture, requiring your financial expertise to further our mission and reach strategic goals.

  • Provide financial support and insights to budget holders
  • Develop and maintain financial processes and controls
  • Engage in monthly reporting, annual budgeting, and quarterly forecasting
  • Collaborate with fundraising and program teams on financial matters
  • Contribute to finance system improvements and staff training
  • Qualified Accountant or in final stages of qualification
  • Experience in charity fund accounting and finance systems
  • Skilled in business partnering within the charity sector
  • Proficient in communicating complex financial information
  • Advanced Excel skills and strong problem-solving abilities
  • Application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter
  • Interviews scheduled for 06/17/2024

Job Title: Finance Business Partner 

Based at: Flexible – hybrid working. London based 

Contract: Permanent 

Hours: 35 hours per week (open to flexible or part-time working)

Salary: Band 5 (c£49,000)

Department: Finance 

It’s a very exciting time to join the Ramblers. We have been instrumental in helping Britain experience the great outdoors for almost 90 years. But we are looking to the future, not the past.

We know not everyone has the same access to the outdoors, so we’re continue to fight for change. We campaign, protect paths and lead walks so no matter who you are, you can enjoy the benefits of getting out into the fresh air and wide-open spaces.

We need your drive, knowledge, skills, and creativity to help us raise awareness of the Ramblers and what we stand for, helping the charity grow its supporter base and meet our brand goals. Ultimately, you will help open up the joys and wellbeing benefits of walking to many more people.

About us

You might know us for our group walks, thousands of which take place every week across England, Scotland and Wales.

But there’s a lot more to the Ramblers. Since 1935, we’ve been fighting for the public’s right to enjoy Britain’s landscapes. We do it through campaigning for changes in legislation, opening up green routes in cities, maintaining paths and signposts, saving lost paths … and so much more.

Purpose of Role

The Finance Business Partner is the bridge between Finance and the other Directorates we support. The focus of the role is to provide finance expertise to budget holders to help them to understand their financial information and make informed decisions about their areas.

It is someone who truly partners with budget holders, to understand the key drivers, needs and priorities of different areas of the organisation and works with the relevant stakeholders to deliver our ambitious strategic goals.

The role

Support to budget holders:

  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of all areas of the organisation.
  • Establish strong relationships with and become the finance point of contact for budget holders with queries.
  • Review monthly performance with budget holders and agree any revisions that are needed.
  • Provide high quality financial support and training to budget holders on processes to develop effective budget management and controls.
  • Implement and maintain strong business processes to support record-keeping, analysis, and good decision-making.

Monthly reporting process:

  • Support the Head of Finance with month end process, to include: reconciliation of legacy funding with outsourced support organisation, accruals and prepayments.
  • Run and review cost centre reports prior to sharing with budget holders.
  • Distribute cost centre reports to budget holders and discuss variances
  • Compile incorrect transactions from budget holders and post correcting journals. Investigate reasons for mispostings and instigate corrective action.
  • Produce management accounts and related variance analysis for Executive Leadership Team.

Budget and quarterly forecasts:

  • Lead and coordinate the annual budget process, 3-year planning and quarterly reforecasting.
  • Produce templates and guidance to support budget holders with budgeting and forecasts.
  • Arrange meetings to discuss and support budget holders with completion of templates.
  • Work with the Chief of Staff to align the annual budget and business planning processes.

Funder proposals and reports:

  • Support Fundraising team and Programme implementation teams with proposals to funders.
  • Work with budget holders to develop and maintain list of funding, timelines and reporting requirements.
  • Prepare financial reports for external funders.

Ongoing support:

  • Work closely with the Fundraising team to improve and strengthen reconciliations, reporting and system links between the CRM system (Salesforce) and the Finance System.
  • Develop and deliver training to staff and volunteers on finance processes and understanding financial information.
  • Support with the development and monitoring compliance of the financial policies and processes and controls.
  • Support Finance process improvement activities.

Finance team tasks:

  • Creation of and running reports and transaction queries from SUN systems using Q&A.
  • Managing quarterly VAT return process.
  • Support annual external audit to include preparation of schedules and financial statements/notes.

Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required of the post holder by the Ramblers.

The person


  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CiPFA or equivalent formal qualification) or in the final stage of qualification.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Substantial experience of charity fund accounting (SORP).
  • Knowledge & extensive experience of finance systems (SUN systems desirable)
  • Knowledge of CRM systems (Salesforce desirable).
  • Experience of business partnering in the charity sector, working with budget holders to prepare departmental and project budgets and forecasts.
  • Experience of communicating complex financial information effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Substantial experience of producing management accounts and variance analysis.
  • Experience of working collaboratively and in partnership with individuals, groups, organisations and stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Experience of dealing with charity VAT.

Skills and Leadership

  • Ability to interpret complex data and apply problem solving techniques when required.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills, with an emphasis on negotiation.
  • Confident and adept operating at management and peer to peer level.
  • Advanced Excel user.
  • Technical support to junior members of the finance team.

Personal Attributes

  • Enthusiastic and collaborative approach
  • Ambitious with a growth mindset.
  • Curious, wanting to question, understand
  • Pro-active, problem-solving and solution focused.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and honestly.
  • Open and approachable with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Commitment to excellence and being part of a high performing team
  • Motivated by the work of the Ramblers.

The Ramblers promote diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Values and Behaviours

Our values are the core principles that guide us daily in our work and our membership of the Ramblers. We all share the passion that walking is for everyone and by living our shared values we can ensure the Ramblers is an organisation to be proud of. Our values will earn trust for the Ramblers brand which will allow us to open up a world of walking opportunities for even more people.

Inclusive – We make everyone feel welcome and part of the Ramblers community. We make sure we all feel respected and accepted and know our contributions make a difference in achieving our mission.

Inspiring – We strive to inspire people through the way we act and the things we say. We channel our passion and ambition so others are moved to help us achieve our mission.

Empowering – We empower and encourage each other to make a positive contribution to our teams and the Ramblers. We do all we can to make sure everyone has the ability, and feels confident, to take action.

Responsible – We take responsibility for ourselves and those around us seriously, by always acting in a safe and supportive way. We care about the environment and make sure we do what we say we will do.

Department - Finance

Locations - London Office

Remote status - Hybrid Remote

Employment type - Full-time

Closing Date - 10 June, 2024

Hours per week - 35

Interview Dates - 17 June, 2024

Salary - c£49,000


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