The NSTA’s hybrid working includes an expectation for staff to spend 40% of their time in the office. 

Brief overview of role 

Due to the increased demand on the internal Finance team and internal promotions we have a great opportunity for a highly motivated and results focused Finance Business Partner to support our business decision and on making, supporting the Head of Finance. The key focus is the supporting decision making, analysis, production of the monthly management accounts for the leadership team, board and DESNZ and acting as business partner to the various directorates and stakeholders within NSTA, including preparing and discussing financial management reports. 

NSTA Finance team have embarked on a process automation journey to benefit not only the function but the rest of the organisation. This role will take a proactive role in this automation project, and we are looking for someone with passion, drive and a curiosity to challenge and ask questions that bring meaning to your outputs and analysis. You will also be responsible for developing and maintaining robust relationships with stakeholders at all levels across the NSTA, interfacing regularly with Senior Business Leaders.  

This role offers the chance to add real business value in supporting the delivery of the NSTA’s objectives and the opportunity to build strong and wide-ranging networks within the organisation. Position is varied in nature and will suit a qualified Accountant who is both technically competent and commercially aware.  

Detailed job description and key responsibilities 

The key aspects of the role will include: 

  • Produce Monthly Management Accounts  
  • Produce monthly Board and Directorate reporting for Leadership Team 
  • Business partnering with the various directorates and stakeholders within the NSTA, including providing budget reports and running monthly meetings to go over actual v’s budgeted spend on a monthly and year to date basis.  
  • Submit financial returns to DESNZ monthly and, as and when required. 
  • Assist with the preparation of financial information to support the audit and annual financial statements. 
  • Preparing the annual and in year revised budgets to the leadership team, including preparing the accompanying papers 
  • Preparing the quarterly forecasts to the leadership team, including preparing the accompanying paper 
  • Attendance at directorate meetings. 
  • Assisting in the preparation and provision of information for auditors, both internal and external and other stakeholders.  
  • Input into key risks of the business, including mitigating financial actions and managing the list of cost pressures and purchase order requests. 
  • Preparing FOI’s as and when required. 
  • Provide cover for all finance team members as necessary. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Person specification 

Competence 1: Decision Making & Judgement  

Demonstrate a commitment to being objective; using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice. The ability to make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular. Identify a range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources. Explore different options outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses to each. Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations. 

Competence 2: Leading & Communicating  

Communicate with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm, supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all, recognising the significant benefits that inclusion, diversity and a range of different backgrounds and experiences, bring to our organisation. Having the ability to communicate in a succinct, engaging manner and stand ground when needed. Communicate using appropriate styles, methods and timing, including digital channels, to maximise understanding and impact. 

Competence 3: Collaborating, Influencing & Including 

Collaborative working, sharing information and building supportive, responsive and respectful relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst ensuring assumptions are challenged in order to influence outcomes to meet the NSTA’s goals and objectives. Work confidently with financial data to prepare management accounts and budget reports. Cultivate and encourage an awareness of cost, using clear simple examples of benefits and how to measure outcomes. Follow appropriate financial procedures to monitor contracts to ensure deliverables are achieved. 

Competence 4: Strategic & Commercial Thinking  

Having an understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider stakeholder requirements. Promote a culture that tackles fraud and deception, keeping others informed of outcomes. 

Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and service standards to provide quality, efficiency and value for money. Work with team to set priorities, goals, objectives and timescales. 

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language 


  • Fully qualified accountant and hold a professional ICAEW, CCAB, CIMA or equivalent accounting qualification. 
  • Experience of preparing management accounts and budget reports.  
  • Experience in providing business partnering services across all levels of the organisation to a high standard. 
  • Demonstrate a technically sound knowledge of generally accepted accounting practice. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail. Good organisation and time management skills are essential to this role. Prioritising to most important task is vital to success. 
  • Experience to an advanced level in Microsoft Excel and good working knowledge of other Microsoft Office applications 
  • Capable of communicating financial information to different audiences 
  • Strong listening skills with the ability to understand the task at hand quickly. 
  • Self-motivated and able to use initiative. 
  • High level of communicating verbally and in written forms 
  • Ability to negotiate and influence. 
  • Caring and supportive mindset with can do attitude. 
  • Experience of working as part of a small finance team within a small or medium sized enterprise.  


  • Experience of working in finance within public sector.  
  • VAT experience 
  • Willingness to support the team in periods of peak demand and covering team members roles at short notice. 
  • Experience of PowerBI 
  • Experience in MS Dynamics 
  • Knowledge of or exposure to Automating finance systems 

Job Details

  • Salary £56,790
  • Appointment Type Permanent
  • Appointment Term Full time
  • Vacancy Reference Number NSAT 381
  • No. of posts 1
  • Grade SEO
  • Location Aberdeen or London
  • Travel to other location within the UK? Occasional
  • Level of Security Clearance Basic
  • Medical Required? No
  • Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

  • Closing date for applications 13 December 2023
  • Anticipated shortlisting date TBD
  • Anticipated interview date TBD

Personal information

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 2,000 characters. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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The NSTA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The NSTA is an accredited Disability Confident Committed employer. We have also been awarded silver accreditation for the Gender Diversity Benchmark through Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network.  In addition, we are signed up to their Race at Work Charter and implement its five principles. As a further commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce we have signed up to the Axis Pledge.

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