Finance Business Partner
Broad Gate Offices, 1 Broad Gate, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8EQ

Job Reference: 002898

Location: Broad Gate Offices, 1 Broad Gate, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8EQ

Closing Date: 02/06/2020

Salary £: Competitive salary plus benefits - D2 Finance

Employment Type: Permanent - Full Time

Division: Finance

Hours per week: 35hrs per week, Monday - Friday, specific hours to be agreed

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Business Partner to join our Business Performance team.  You will use your excellent business partnering skills to build strong working relationships with our Mortgage team in order to provide insightful financial analysis, support and challenge in relation to commercial trading activities, enabling the Group to make well informed decisions leading to future growth, stability and profitability. 

The purpose of the Finance division is to own the responsibility for driving an increase in value for our members.  We do this through our day to day work; supporting the business by adding value, delivering the right outcomes and supporting the organisation. Key to this is the quality of the relationships we build, having the passion and drive to make a difference, our diverse thought, our management of risk and control and our ability to individually and collectively drive lasting change for our members. 

Every day will be different, offering you the autonomy to really shape your role, be involved in key decisions making and pave the way forward, giving you the opportunity to prove what you and the wider team really can deliver.  

You will have a constant curiosity, always looking for ways to help the business achieve its strategic goals.  You will be the eyes and ears of the finance division working side by side with your business areas to deliver great results.  You will use your effective business partnering skills to quickly forge and maintain strong and credible relationships with Chief Officers, Directors and Senior Managers across the business.  Joining a growing business, giving you the challenge and to make a real difference to our customers. 

What You'll Do

You will use your business partnering skills effectively to understand the commercial drivers and strategy your business area.  You’ll apply your commercial knowledge in order to provide insightful analysis, advice and challenge on performance and upcoming opportunities whilst also flagging risks and agreeing actions to mitigate them.

Educating the business on their functional accountabilities highlighting how you can add value, build strong working relationships and the ability to build your credibility quickly.  Sharing specialist and market knowledge, which may impact the business, to ensure we are continuously improving and providing a positive customer journey.  

Proactively drive improvement, managing the development and maintenance of effective and efficient processes and systems improving forecasting and identifying opportunities to streamline and automate process.

Driving commercial thinking to improve decision making, challenging the business on process, approach and submissions to ensure better outcomes for the Group and challenge behaviour that puts achieving longer term plans at risk.

Acting as our trusted advisor by providing financial input that informs the debate and strategic thinking/plans.  Acting as finance SME enabling the business to track progress towards targets and supporting the customer to understand commercial targets in order to increase profitability.

Anticipate challenges from the business.  Translate the Business Performance strategy of reducing reporting/handle turning and increasing insight to allow the business to better understand why changes/requests are made.

Supporting your business areas through key periods of change and transformation programmes from a finance perspective, suggesting ways we can continuously improve our customer experience. 

How You’ll Do It

•    Accounting qualification (CIMA/ACCA/ACA) or equivalent (Min of 3 years PQE) or qualified by relevant experience.
•    Strong business partnering skills preferably gained from partnering mortgage teams, with the ability to form strong working relationships quickly.
•    Ability to proactively identify and deliver process improvement and positive change.
•    Clear understanding of banking profitability and pricing with an ability to utilise that in day to day review of proposals.
•    Able to review, manage and develop new financial and analytical models.
•    Knowledge of corporate/business planning processes.
•    Knowledge of relevant legislation, compliance, corporate governance, quality assurance and risk management with the ability to identify and address key risks/implications.
•    Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and make time sensitive commercial decisions.
•    Excellent communication skills, with the ability to converse effectively with key stakeholders.
•    Self-starter and work with your own initiative and ability to proactively identify an opportunity to improve.
•    Excellent attention to detail and report writing skills. 
•    Rigorous, methodical and well organised with excellent attention to detail and ability to deliver to deadline.

Life at YBS

In addition to the usual benefits such as competitive salary, annual bonus and healthcare packages we offer you…

Flexibility – Whether it’s picking up the kids from school or catching that early morning yoga session we have you covered. 

Celebrating Success – From everyday thank you cards, to our annual ‘Raising the Roof’ gala to celebrate our golden ticket winners we acknowledge our colleagues successes no matter how big or small.

Giving Back – Fancy 31 hours of paid leave a year to get involved in community activities? Together last year, we completed more than 11,000 hours of volunteering!

Inclusivity - We don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our colleagues, our customers and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

Site Perks – Some of our sites have added little extras such as a roof garden, free tea and coffee and full showering facilities and drying cupboards for runners and cyclists at our Leeds site. 


If you’ve got a solid background in business partnering and you want to develop a career in an empowering, respectful and supporting business then why not join us?

Our people are our heart and soul; we’re commercial and caring, big enough to offer you a challenge and small enough for you to make a real impact. We’re devoted to putting people first and doing the right thing by providing real help with real life. 

We’d love to hear from you so why not apply today and be Your Brilliant Self!

‘Any Questions – Contact Claire Morley on email at’

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