The Land Trust

Finance Business Partner


£44,000 - £54,000 + performance bonus + pension


Reports To: Director of Finance & Corporate Services
Reports: None


Reporting to the Director of Finance and Corporate Services, the Business Partner is responsible for supporting the achievement of the organisation’s strategic objectives through the robust appraisal of new business and other commercial project proposals.

In collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Business Partner is responsible for the production of timely, accurate, succinct and considered financial and non-financial reports and recommendations to support effective decision making and influence organisational performance.

The role involves a small amount of travel to sites in the UK.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Business Development Team to appraise and report the expected financial implications of new site acquisitions proposed to be acquired via permanent and / or expendable endowment funding, service charge or interim management and make recommendations thereon.
  • Working collaboratively with other members of the Finance team and working with staff across other functions, ensure that set up details for new sites are delivered in a timely manner, covering reporting structure, billing and contractual details and endowments.
  • Jointly with the Technical lead within the Development Team, ownership of & control over the DCF Endowment Model used for project modelling by the Business Development Team and provide technical modelling support to the wider team.
  • Appraise financials for new sites and projects, facilitating approval by the Director of Finance and Corporate Services.
  • Work closely with the Financial Accountant to ensure that obligations under the monthly reporting and annual budgeting timetable are met.
  • Work closely with the Operations Team to appraise, interpret and optimise available commercial opportunities and make recommendations thereon. Appraisal includes responsibility for carrying out Financial Due Diligence on proposed commercial opportunities where appropriate.
  • Develop appropriate financial systems & reports to optimise & support the financial management and outcomes of each such commercial opportunity.
  • Responsibility for the coordinating the raising of sales invoices and the completeness of relating income.  
  • Identify & impart best practice to non-financial colleagues, ensuring they are appropriately equipped & trained in financial matters.

Person Specification

Experience & Knowledge

  • A recognised senior accountancy qualification – ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent.
  • Ability to conduct financial appraisals of new proposals and to develop & improve business cases.
  • Strong understanding of margin, income accruals and cost accruals.
  • Ability to understand and analyse out legal agreements.
  • A background in the Land sector desirable but not essential.
  • Experience of service charge desirable but not essential.
  • Understanding of accounting practice as it relates to fundraising and charities desirable but not essential.

Skills & Attributes

  • A team worker with strong collaborative skills, both with colleagues in the Finance function and across multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Confident and mature enough to challenge senior colleagues and to establish strong credibility, trust and confidence.
  • Strong commerciality, objectivity, pragmatism, attention to detail, an enquiring mind and knowhow to mitigate risks and maximise potential rewards are essential skills and attributes.
  • A high level of motivation, personal organisation & professionalism
  • Comfortable with a deadline driven environment.
  • Able to make decisions based on appropriate analysis of the risks and opportunities involved, often involving unfamiliar or ground-breaking situations.
  • Able to assimilate complex financial & non-financial information, identify salient facts, draw measured conclusions and communicate the outcome in a concise manner.
  • Excellent IT skills & Excel spreadsheet skills

Salary and Benefits

  • £44,000 - £54,000 depending on experience.
  • Business travel costs will be reimbursed.
  • 25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays. Rising to 30 days with 5 years’ service
  • Support to professionally develop skills and qualifications
  • Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Programme including health care cash back plan; EAP; biennial medicals; flexitime and agile working.
  • A defined contributions pension plan, with Land Trust matching employee contributions up to 6%

About The Land Trust

The Land Trust own and manage a portfolio of approx. 80 sites (2500 hectares of land) by working with a wide range of public and private sector landholders, including housing developers, landfill operators, local authorities and mining companies. We help landowners who, for a variety of reasons, want to pass on responsibility (or liability) for the management of sites, public open space or new green infrastructure and find bespoke long-term funding solutions for land, and maximise community and recreational benefits from the land. These solutions can include service charges, section 106 or endowment, or a cocktail of funding sources. Our current endowment portfolio of over £150m provides the financial resources to ensure that our endowed sites are managed to a good standard and contribute to the wellbeing of the communities by which they are surrounded. Costs on our service charge sites are fully recoverable meaning they are equally well managed.

Our primary aim is the successful delivery of our five charitable objectives: environmental improvement, community cohesion, health improvement, education, and economic benefit. We work with local partners, called Managing Agents, such as Groundwork, the Wildlife Trusts and The Conservation Volunteers; as well as contractors; to manage sites on the ground and liaise with communities.



Please apply below now, attaching your CV and covering letter

Closing date for applications is Sunday 14th November 2021

Interviews will take place in Warrington.