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Finance Business Partner

Massey University
Palmerston North Palmerston North Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 23, 2023

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Job Role
Finance Business Partner
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description Finance Business Partner (Support Services)
Position Purpose: The purpose of this role is to provide trusted, insightful and comprehensive financial advice and support to the respective support services Senior Leadership Team member and their leadership / management team.
Department: Finance
Location: Manawatū / Wellington
Reports to: Senior Finance Business Partner
Responsible for: Nil
Delegations: Band D
Job Title: Finance Business Partner
Key relationships: Internal (within the area of External responsibility) External Auditors Respective SLT Member Suppliers Heads of Departments/Principal Other TEIs Advisors Budget centre managers Senior FBP Wider FBP and Finance team Governance and Risk Management
Massey University: We are a world-leading university in many academic disciplines and fields of research. Our point of difference is research that is connected to community and industry. Our researchers are developing expertise and skills to advance human knowledge and understanding. Working together across disciplines and locations, we solve national and global problems through fundamental, applied and interdisciplinary research, while culturally and artistically enriching our world. We are deeply committed to being a Te Tiriti-led university, demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practice. We embrace this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people.

Our educators are preparing a new generation of global leaders. Our students are diverse and are attracted to Massey because they want to achieve their personal goals or make their mark in the world. They experience world-class learning that recognises their intellectual and cultural strengths, expands their horizons and prepares them to contribute to a rapidly transforming world with skills, critical and creative thinking and leadership.
We will be renowned for our passion and caring attitude. All Massey campuses will be innovation ecosystems, acting as magnets for smart enterprises. Wherever we are, we will operate in partnerships founded on respect, trust and mutual benefit. Massey is not only defined by what we do, but by how we do it.
About this area The Finance Business Partner Team is responsible for providing comprehensive accounting and finance support to the designated business units. The main responsibilities of a Finance Business Partner include budgeting, forecasting, management reporting and variance analysis, key financial and non-financial KPIs monitoring/reporting, cost-benefit analysis, financial data modelling and other related duties. These services will be provided in line with agreed service level agreements.
Massey core capabilities
At Massey we are Tiriti-led, upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles through our practice, we:

Demonstrate awareness of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand

Understand the relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in relation to the work of the University and
the people we serve.

Embracing Te Reo in relevant and practical ways in our workplace interactions and engagement
with external stakeholders, giving expression to Tikanga Māori and protocols that
demonstrates that we respect and value Māori conventions in appropriate settings.
At Massey we work together with mutual respect and caring. we:

Act with integrity and trustworthiness and give credit to others for the work they do.
Work cooperatively and inter-dependently to foster and promote the One University approach.
Share knowledge and communicate professionally with courtesy and mutual respect.
Are ethical in all transactions, working within the parameters of our policies and procedures.
Are direct, truthful and maintain confidentiality.
Seek to understand and appreciate our differences.
Keep ourselves and others safe; work together to embrace with the University's health, safety

and wellbeing policies, procedures and programmes; display commitment by actively supporting all safety and wellbeing initiatives: and by actively engaging in health and safety improvement opportunities.
At Massey we are future-focused, results- oriented and strive for excellence. we:

Take ownership and responsibility for delivering results to support achievement of University

Provide the best quality services to our customers (internal and external) ensuring our
students/ stakeholders are at the heart of everything we do.

Deliver or support world-class research, teaching and learning and citizenship.
Take personal responsibility for our performance, take pride in doing our job well, and commit

to ongoing personal and professional development.

Are motivated and create a positive working environment where our values are reinforced.
Anticipate and respond with agility and resilience to the changing needs of the University and

the communities we serve.

Seek ways to improve our services to deliver in an efficient and effective way.
Embrace technology and apply this innovatively to better meet the needs of those we serve.
Challenge ourselves to reach our potential and help bring out the best in others.
Understand how what we do contributes to the objectives of the University.

Accountabilities Financial and Management Accounting Services
Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting • Provide financial and management accounting advice to the designated Reporting Line (RL)/Business Units (BU) providing support
services to the University. This includes support for budget development, analysis of variances and recommendations to “manage” variances as required.

Review and ensure accurate financial accounting for the designated
business unit(s) in line with PBE IPSAS and the University's accounting
policies and practices. This includes preparation/review of
revenue/cost accrual journals.

Assist with the extraction and interpretation of financial data to
satisfy external and internal requests.

Provide accounting support to designated semi-autonomous
commercial operation(s)

Budgeting & Forecasting

Actively assist (including populating the budget/forecast packs) with
revenue and expense budgeting/forecasting, including phasing over
12 months, for the designated business units within the required

Review the budgets and forecast with the budget centre managers /
Heads of Department, summarise key results and report back to the
RL/BU leadership team as well as leadership within the Finance team.

Uplift financial literacy and budget management skills across the
budget centre managers and other staff involved in financial activities
within designated business units.

Management Reporting

Review of month end results and investigating variances against
budgets and forecasts.

Prepare monthly management reports for the RL/BU Leadership.
Provide reporting and commentary to the Financial
Services team for inclusion in the Senior Leadership
Team and Council reporting, in line with required
formats and deadlines.

Financial Modelling • Provide input into RL's Strategic Plans.
and Advice • Provide input into the designated Business Units' Strategic Plans.

To understand financial and non-financial data linkages, undertake

data modelling (e.g. revenue and expenditure, staff, space etc.) as required by RL/BU leadership.

Provides financial / commercial support and advice for proposals
around changes to existing and new projects/arrangements.

Provide financial / commercial support and advice for the
development of business cases.
Customer Satisfaction • Demonstrate commitment, urgency, being visibly open and positive

Adhering to Service Standards in every aspect of your work
Understand BU's/RL's needs while adhering to University's policies

and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and develop and fine-tune systems and reporting accordingly
Other Activities • Maintain an excellent knowledge of Finance processes, policies and
procedures to provide advice to the Office of Provost.

Attend board, steering and working group meetings as required.
Approve Purchase Orders and other financial transactions in line with

financial delegations.
Qualifications and Experience
Qualifications: • A tertiary qualification in accounting and/or finance is desirable for this position.

Membership of a recognised accounting body is desirable.

Experience: • At least five-year's experience working in management and /or financial accounting in a large organisation.

Experience of working in a Tertiary Education Institute is desirable.
Demonstrable experience of working with large numbers of


Demonstrable experience of working with large sets of complex data.
Experience of writing financial reports for senior management.

Capabilities - Behaviour
Communication • Conducts discussions in a respectful manner, that are sincere and
Essential professional

Develops a clear, complete understanding of needs and problems through
careful listening, probing, reflecting, and summarising.

Delivers succinct written and oral communications that engage audience
participants, respond to their questions and concerns, and produce specific
outcomes and impacts.

Communicates in a timely manner using the appropriate style and method.
Able to address broad audiences and stakeholder groups, working with

communication plans and a mix of communication methods.

Able to present information clearly, concisely and logically. Varies content,
style and form to suit the subject.
Working Together • Establishes and maintains productive working relationships with key

Essential stakeholders internally and externally.

Contributes as a member with multiple teams that span function, issue and


Establishes and maintains credibility and appropriate confidentiality with

Proactively identifies and addresses potential issues with stakeholders.
Leverages partnerships to improve the performance of programme or
portfolios and works to resolves conflict and other obstacles to team

Able to coach and influence internal and external stakeholders, building
constructive working relationships.

Improvement • Implements new systems, procedures and tools efficiently when changes occur in the work environment.
Essential • Works with agility, adjusting current working processes or adopting new approaches in response to changes in the organisation environment.

Seeks challenging opportunities or assignments to grow and develop one's
own knowledge, skills and abilities.

Uses digital tools to innovate programme, processes, systems or services.

Communicates and analyses assumptions about a particular issue with
colleagues to gain new perspectives or more effective solutions.

Results Oriented

Maintains focus on critical work and expectations.

Essential • Gets the job done without compromising accuracy or timeliness. Able to track and complete agreed work in planned timeframes.

Ability to multi task, work under pressure and meet deadlines in a new and
challenging environment. Reassesses priorities and reschedules work as the
situation/demands change

Stretches oneself, showing a willingness to take manageable risks to achieve

Takes responsibility for escalating issues that impact on planned work and

Documents how results were obtained to support knowledge transfer and
best practices.

Supports self during change by remaining flexible, focusing on the positives,
and proactively seeking out opportunities to get involved.

Can work flexibly and out of standard work hours when required.

Willing to travel to fulfil job requirements.

Service Centric

Acts with the internal/external stakeholder or customer in mind, seeks to
Essential understand and deliver on customer perceptions and expectations.

Able to respond to common stakeholder queries and problems or escalate
if required.

Responds to unexpected stakeholder requests with a sense of urgency and
positive action.

Provides a level of customer centric service excellence that contributes to
Finance's objectives.

Can work flexibly and out of standard work hours when required.

Willing to travel to fulfil job requirements.

Capabilities - Technical
Managing • Assists in the collection and preparation of required budget and forecast Budgets and information. Forecasts • Explains and works with the Massey's finance and budgeting tools. Essential • Implements Massey's budgeting and forecasting cycle and processes.

Detects and interprets budget and forecast variances and overruns.

Financial • Uses finance and accounting systems, procedures and practices.
Accounting and • Resolves questions about finance and accounting policies and practices.
Analysis • Undertakes financial analysis to evaluate College performance.

Advises others on a variety of financial tools, techniques and approaches.
Essential • Conducts and documents analyses of financial KPIs as required.

Anticipates the potential impact of decisions based on financial data

Differentiates between capital investments and expenses.

Management • Capable of operating basic financial report-writing tools being used at
Financial Massey. Demonstrate ability and aptitude to adapt as the management
Reporting reporting tool kit evolves over time.

Demonstrate the ability to interpret complex financial data into succinct,
Essential easy to understand management reports.

Change Management • Identifies major activities and objectives for organisational change
management. Desirable • Assists with the implementation of specific changes in organisational

Recognises major challenges of current organisational change

Analyses major changes in organisation strategy, technology and
organisation processes.

Follows Massey's change management models.

Data Gathering
and Reporting • Ability to learn and use core Massey University systems

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
Essential • Developing proficiency in the use of SharePoint (Create new, open, edit,
save) and Microsoft Teams.

Performs file management tasks such as folder management and controlled
document administration.

Performs file management tasks such as folder management and controlled
document administration.

Health & Safety and Emergency • Adhere to Massey policies around staff Health, safety and wellbeing
Management • Identifies the chain of command responsible for dealing with crises when they occur.
Essential • Participates in a crisis/ emergency management team, if required.

Appropriately uses the crisis management chain of command.

Tertiary • Understand and support the broad responsibility of the institution for
Education enhancing the collegiate experience for all students.
Acumen • Supports relevant legal issues and legislation (i.e. privacy laws, etc.) and how changes can impact day-to-day.
Desirable • Describe and participate in the policy development in Finance and at all institutional and governmental levels.

Provides information to support stakeholders with information, resources
and policy information.

Pre-employment checks
Essential • Requirement to pass a Criminal and Traffic Convictions (Security) Check performed by the Ministry of Justice.
• Requirement to pass a Credit History and No Asset Procedure (NAP) Credit History Check performed by Equifax.

Requirement to pass a Qualifications Validation Check.


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