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Finance Business Partner

USS

Finance Business Partner

Business Area: Finance

Place of Work: London

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has circa 396,000 members, and over £60 billion in assets, we’re one of the largest private pension schemes in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide. Established in 1974, we’re entrusted by over 350 higher education sector employers to manage and administer the pension scheme and its investments through our two companies, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and USS Investment Management Limited.
 
Our mission
To be the pension service of choice for the higher education sector for the long-term
 
The role
The role will provide financial management support to enable the Investment Segment to deliver their strategic objectives within approved budgets;
Act as a key stakeholder in the decision-making process by providing high quality financial analysis and support to senior management.
Assist in the production and continuous improvement of monthly management information (MI), providing critical challenge, review and assurance.  Work with stakeholders to maximise use of MI.
Manage stakeholder input into the annual budget and planning process along with the quarterly reforecasting process, and provide support to budget holders throughout the process.

Key responsibilities
To deliver all aspects of the strategic planning process for the Investment Segment, in particular:
Work with the USSIM management team and Finance to execute the Investment Segment strategic planning process, including the delivery of 3 year plan and budget. Identify and assess risks associated with the plans, including financial, resourcing and structural risks
Work with the USSIM management team and Finance to develop the one year business, budget and resources plan to support the strategic plan for the Investment Segment
To provide ongoing support to the Investment Segment in delivering the approved plans, in particular:
Act as a key stakeholder in the decision-making process by providing high quality financial analysis and support to senior management, including championing the Value for Money framework
Assist in the production and continuous improvement of monthly management information (MI), providing critical challenge, review and assurance.  Work with stakeholders to maximise use of MI.
Provision of data to external benchmarking organisations and interpretation, summary and onward reporting of data received from benchmarking organisations 
To improve understanding of key drivers of financial performance, increase forecasting accuracy and identify specific cost saving opportunities
Develop tools to forecast variable compensation expenses based on headcount numbers, scheme performance and other assumptions to enable accurate forecasts during the year
Work with budget holders for other key operating costs (Research, External Manager Fees, Data Services and Professional Services) to understand key cost drivers, track actual spend, analyse variances and identify opportunities for sustainable cost savings.

Your experience
Typically the job holder will have significant finance experience in an investment management or other financial institution of similar size and complexity to USSIM
They will have experience of dealing with and influencing at executive level with the ability to introduce new ways of thinking and dealing with objections.
They will be skilled in analysing and presenting data that supports and promotes group strategy.
 
USSL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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