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Finance Business Partner

London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Nov 25, 2022

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Finance Business Partner
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Full Time
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Finance Business Partner

Reporting to: Head of Finance

Hybrid-Combination of London office based and home working

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 35 Hours per week

circa £50,000

About FareShare

FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 18 independent organisations. Together, we take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 10,000 frontline charities and community groups. During 2021, we redistributed 127 million meals, the equivalent of 4 meals every second through our FareShare Regional Centres and our retail surplus model FareShare Go, reaching over 1 million people.

FareShare exists because of two hugely important and highly topical issues.

As a consequence of supply and demand, huge volumes of food are grown or made in the UK and a small percentage ends up as unwanted surplus with little commercial value. At the same time, there are many thousands of frontline community groups and charities that are providing a vital safety net for the most vulnerable in our society. We seek to squeeze as much social good out of that uneconomic surplus by getting it to almost 10,000 such groups across the UK whilst they provide essential wraparound support services for their beneficiaries.

The Cost of Living Crisis and before it, the COVID-19, have shone a spotlight on the issue of food insecurity in the UK and with it, FareShare’s ability to get food to vulnerable communities nationwide. It is estimated that over 4.7m UK households are now experiencing food insecurity and whilst the equivalent of 1.3bn meals of good surplus food occurs each year, FareShare believes that it is wrong for these two situations to co-exist.

To combat this, FareShare is moving into an ambitious 4 year programme to achieve unparalleled growth in both our food volumes as well as our fundraised income. We are driven by the opportunity to secure even more of the food available at farm gate, manufacturing and retail levels and to do this, we need to maximise our new groundswell of public support to generate the funds needed to operate at this greater scale.

There has never been a more exciting time to join a relevant organisation which delivers both social and environmental impact, at such a crucial time.

FareShare’s Strategy & Vision

Vision: We have the vision of a UK where “No good food goes to waste”.

Mission: To use surplus, fit for consumption, food to feed those who are vulnerable in the UK by supporting front line charitable organisations that tackle the cause and not just the symptoms of food poverty.

Our Purpose: We are doers. We are a community. We change lives.

Our Values:

Passion – for our cause and the challenge that lies ahead

Ambition – to go the extra mile and drive the change that must happen

Respect – for ourselves, each other, our volunteers, our partners and our beneficiaries

Collaboration – it’s only by working with others that we can be stronger

Focus – on providing the best service possible so that we deliver and achieve the most for our clients and customers

The role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and collaborative finance business partner to join us at this time of growth. Reporting to Head of Finance, and working alongside another Business Partner, you will be responsible for providing your financial expertise and support to our key delivery teams, playing an important part in enabling us to meet our ambitious strategy.

This is an exciting role, stepping into a well-established business partnering function you will have the opportunity to build on these foundations to further develop the function and shape your role. You will bring strong communication, analytical and systems skills, as well as an open mind and motivation to engage in cross organisational projects. The role will suit someone motivated to innovate and curious and willing to develop our processes and systems to maximise efficiencies.

Main areas of responsibility

Provide a business partner service to nominated internal stakeholders, currently including Food, Logistics, Network, FS Go, and Employability and Regional cost centres. To include the monthly preparation of management accounts and liaison with budget holders. Note you may be required to support other centres when required.

Develop processes around procurement of transport and food including invoice checks and project monitoring.

Provide financial support around strategic projects, project reporting to internal and external stakeholders

Produce month end journals for nominated cost centres

Produce monthly reports and KPI calculation on Transport costs and other analysis as and when required

Support with budget and forecasts setting for the nominated internal stakeholders.

Coach and train budget holders on finance systems and processes to develop effective budget management and controls

Monitor project spend and work across relevant teams to develop appropriate processes and controls

Provide financial expertise and support: VAT, yearend schedule, some balance sheet reconciliations (10% of time)

Provide support with the accounting software administration and report development

Develop policies, procedures and systems when required, either leading or as part of the cross-team

Provide cover for other team members, mainly producing the month end reports and organisational reports in their absence

Provide any other business partnering support as and when required

Person Specification

Skills, experience and abilities
  • CIMA/ACCA/ACA fully or nearly qualified or equivalent experience
  • Business partnering experience, preferably in a similar size organisation and business model
  • A good track record in managing month end processes
  • Strong financial accounting background would be of advantage
  • Advanced Excel skills and experience using a range of accounting software and financial reporting tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt a style to various stakeholders
  • Ability to build effective relationships across teams, ensuring staff are supported, motivated and challenged to achieve objectives
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • A good track record in managing month end processes
  • Ability to adapt and influence change
  • An understanding of either the food industry and/or the logistics industry would be advantageous

Values and behaviours
  • Enthusiastic, ‘can do’ approach
  • Desire for change and ability to adapt
  • Flexibility and ability to work well as part of a team and alone
  • A commitment to Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Curiosity and empathy with FareShare’s mission and strategy

  • Salary circa £50,000 per annum
  • Hybrid / Flexible working, with regular UK travel
  • Permanent, 35 Hours, Full Time
  • 25 days’ annual leave + 8 bank holidays
  • Employers pension contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Interest free bicycle purchase loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan

How to apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter, outlining how you meet the Person Specification criteria, by following the below link.

Application deadline: by end of 28th November 2022

First round of interviews: w/c 5th December
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