Finance Business Partner

Job Title: Finance Business Partner
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Gateshead
Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 dependent on experience
Contact Name: Beverley Hardy
Contact Email: Bright Advertising Office
Job Published: March 22, 2021 13:04

Job Description

Providing financial insight and direction

Are you a commercially minded qualified accountant, looking for an influential role where you can really add value?

CEM: Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, ordinarily based at Baltic Place on the Quayside, is jointly part of Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press, themselves ultimately part of Cambridge University.  We are a vibrant organisation that has established a reputation for innovation and quality in educational assessment and research. We work with schools, colleges, education authorities, government agencies and other organisations in the UK and internationally to provide high quality information through scientifically grounded research.


We are looking for a proactive Finance Business Partner to drive business performance, commercial leadership and insights.  Supporting the Managing Director and Senior Leadership Team with relevant and timely analytics, you will be ensuring effective financial controls, contract management and business compliance across CEM.  


Part of the wider Finance team in Cambridge you will be comfortable with the autonomy this role brings, whilst having the full support of a wider function when required.


Delivering strategic ambitions

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will provide financial insights and commercial, strategic analysis, enabling timely informed decisions to shape and deliver our CEM strategic ambitions. Fulfilling the Cambridge financial requirements, you’ll lead on annual and multi-year budgeting, forecasting and scenario planning, accountable for all aspects of the CEM budget, resources and records and controls for income and expenditure in an all-round financial role. 


Meaningful analysis

You will also be responsible for the delivery of monthly management accounts, performance analysis and reporting, providing a full provision of variance analysis, key financial performance indicators and recommendations, derived from data to measure progress and delivery.   Keeping your financial and commercial stakeholders within Cambridge up to date by providing meaningful presentations and insights to communicate regular performance reporting.  


Helping us to deliver, safely

As the lead commercial support to our sales and technology teams, you will be involved in pricing, bid and tender management, contract terms, business cases and proposal evaluation, as well as ongoing compliance and ad-hoc tasks as required.  Responsible for the sales invoicing and running of financial processes, you will act as the key financial liaison with Cambridge to ensure CEM’s compliance with financial, legal, commercial and operational processes, ensuring appropriate controls are established, monitored and maintained.  Continuously looking to improve you will ensure that our processes are evaluated and improved, such as, sales invoicing and recognition, procurement to payment, HR, legal and FOI requests, data and information security, risk management and property.


Here you can view the full job description.

What we’re looking for

Our successful candidate will be naturally customer focused and have successfully led through periods of change and have a proven approach to resolving complex problems.  Commercially aware they will have excellent negotiation skills, with the aptitude to work autonomously when required and experience of working with both large and small organisations.


With a recognised financial professional qualification such as CIMA, ICAEW or ACCA, you will be at least 3-5 PQE and preferably have a Graduate Degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience.  With strong financial management and reporting skills, either gained in a Financial Controller or a similar Finance Business Partner role, you will have a proven record of success in senior-level commercial management post (e.g. contract management, finance, procurement). Equally important will be your management of people and resources experience, and demonstrable examples of how you have identified process and system improvements and worked with colleagues to affect positive change.


Experience of reporting at a senior level and providing analytical insight and guidance with business decision making is key.  You will have experience of legal and contractual terms, risk, and a good understanding of UK Data Protection Legislation.


About us

CEM aims to inform and improve education in two ways:

1.  By providing educators and educational institutions with a body of world-class research to support evidence-based education practices, and
2.  By providing cutting-edge, digital assessment and monitoring systems which support learning through the provision of robust information on the ability, attitudes, potential and progress of young people.


This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.



In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

•    Generous contributory pension
•    28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
•    Annual salary review and discretionary company bonus 
•    Enhanced maternity/paternity pay 
•    Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
•    Cycle scheme
•    Season Ticket Loan
•    Support for professional qualifications


We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 April 2021 and interviews will be held shortly after the closing date.


For a full job description and to apply with your CV and covering letter, please visit         

If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.


The University of Cambridge will be bringing together its publishing and assessment operations to create a single organisation from 1 August 2021. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries.


The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments.