Senior Finance Business Partner

St. George's Park, Burton-On-Trent / hybrid
Negotiable, event day tickets, free lunch, pension, private medical cover
10 Jul 2024
07 Aug 2024
The Football Association
Experience Levels
Qualified Accountant
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Finance Business Partner  - St. George's Park

The FA are looking for a qualified and commercially astute Senior Finance Business Partner to provide commercial support to assigned Divisions at The National Football Centre, St. George's Park.

The Senior Finance Business Partner will line manage a small team and own all monthly management accounting and financial planning processes for their Divisions.

The role has a heavy business partnering element and the successful candidate will be expected to prepare robust financial analysis to influence decision making and assist with analysis on how budgets can be managed to deliver the maximum return for football.

What will you be doing?

  • Responsible for the monthly financial reporting of the Divisions in accordance with the Group timetable, both P&L and Balance Sheet
  • Provide monthly management information to budget holders and Senior Mgt that is timely, informative and insightful
  • Own the financial results of the division taking actions to ensure targets are hit
  • Work with the business to prepare robust budgets, forecasts and strategic plans on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis as appropriate and in accordance with the Group timetable for both P&L and cashflow
  • Provide commercially orientated financial support to budget holders and senior management to help inform their decision making
  • Assist the departments with the preparation of Spend and Deal papers to gain approval for proposed investments
  • Challenge the business to ensure all funds are invested in-line with strategic plan and to maximise the return on investment
  • Ensure strong financial controls are upheld across the division. Identify risk areas and implement controls and reporting to mitigate
  • Lead and develop direct reports
  • Prepare adhoc financial reporting and analysis in response to requests from the business and Group Finance including contributions to Board papers
  • Provide support to the internal and external audit processes including funding bodies as appropriate
  • Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:


  • Qualified accountant (ACA/ ACCA/ CIMA or equivalent)
  • Financial reporting and forecasting


  • Full P&L ownership
  • Must have a good track record of commercial finance experience within a reputable organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of material business impact and change
  • Executive level business partnering in a fast paced commercial environment
  • Ability to communicate with non-financially orientated people
  • Preparation of investment appraisal's
  • Experience of leading a small to medium sized team with the ability to work independently and prioritise the workload

Technical Skills

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to create presentations and present to a wide level of stakeholders up to Board level

Beneficial to have:

  • Previous use of Microsoft Great Plains

Please submit a cover letter with your application outlining how you meet the listed criteria.

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering greater flexibility.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page.

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Women's Adobe FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of Wembley Stadium or St. George's Park unless the role is advertised as a home-based contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments - Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change - which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.