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Finance Business Partner

The Open University
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
£23.69 - £28.27 per hour
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Finance Business Partner

Temporary role until September 2024

Mon to Fri - 37hrs, this is a hybrid role with ideally Tuesdays in the Milton Keynes campus

Paying between £23.69-£28.27ph, equating to £45,585-£54,395pa dependent on experience

Our client is a public distance Learning and Research University, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.

They are looking to recruit an experienced fully qualified Finance Business Partner to join them in the Commercial Finance Business Partnering team, supporting the Business Development Unit, which is the part of the University focused on commercial opportunities. The role focuses on:

About the role

  • Managing a team of finance staff in building partnerships and maintaining strong relationships with senior management stakeholders and their teams
  • Financial management and regular reporting for the BDU activities and projects
  • Driving impact and understanding of business performance, KPI's and key cost drivers of activity, using financial data to inform business strategies
  • Being the first point of contact for bids, tenders, and new UK and International partnership opportunities, working closely with the legal teams and tax specialists
  • Supporting systems development and process improvement across Finance & Business Services following the implementation of a new accounting system (SAP)

Skills and experience required:

  • Must be a qualified CCAB/CIMA Accountant (with membership)
  • Team development and leadership skills
  • Track record of financial accounting experience in a similar role in a complex organisation
  • Excellent understanding with accounting IT packages and systems (especially SAP)
  • Intermediate to advanced level Excel experience
  • Confidence in business partner engagement, communication and analytical skills

The client promotes diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you feel this is the role for you, please apply online, email or call 01908 246715.


Manpower are working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary, contingent and permanent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK's largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey. The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it's like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of.



Jo Priddey
I started working with the OU as temporary staff through Manpower during the pandemic. I thought the initial training was fantastic and felt well prepared to start working. When I was offered a permanent position it was great that the OU took my personal needs into consideration so that I am able to complete my degree and work 4 days a week.

Charles White
The recruitment process was smooth from start to finish. As an applicant, it was useful to have the selection process made clear to you from the outset. Communication from Manpower was, and remains, good. Excellent candidate care continues to be provided, they are both responsive and proactive.

So far the Open University has been the best job I have ever had, a very relaxed environment, everyone open to helping one another, no pressure and all trainers prioritise the quality of calls rather than the quantity.

Sarah George
Whilst working at the Open University, the support I have received has been outstanding; from colleagues at advisor level, to the senior management team, there is not a question or query that has not been resolved without a swift and appropriate response.

Thecla Chakunte
Working with the Open University has opened me to a lot. There are a lot of trainings to improve your skills and open you to other possibilities. There is room for growth. A lot of it. And did you know you can study for FREE as permanent staff? Wow! There are other juicy perks too.

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