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Junior Finance Business Partner – CSM

Employer: University of the Arts London
Location: Hybrid – CSM King’s Cross/Home
Salary: £38,359 - £47,109 per annum
Contract: Full time
Hours: Full time

Job description

The opportunity

This is an exciting new role that was created to strengthen the Central St Martin’s Finance team at a time of sustainable growth. The successful candidate will be joining the friendly and supportive University of the Arts London (UAL) Academic Finance team that works with stakeholders across all the four UAL colleges. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the financial management and decision-making processes within a dynamic and creative environment.

You will play a crucial role in providing reliable financial and management information and customer focussed support to budget holders and stakeholders across Central St Martins (CSM). Collaborating closely with the CSM Head of Finance and CSM Finance Manager, you will be responsible for delivering comprehensive finance business partnering services. Your main responsibilities include supporting; annual budget setting, the financial year-end process, quarterly forecasting, monthly reporting and ensuring adherence to established principles and agreed timelines. You will also provide insightful commentaries and variance analysis to facilitate informed decision making.

Additionally, you will develop and maintain strong relationships with an assigned group of senior managers to understand their plans, deliverables, and operational challenges. You will contribute to the process improvements and the development of financial transparency, accountability, and engagement across the College. You will be able to assist in the enhancement of monthly reporting packs by evaluating reporting needs and proposing updates as required. Furthermore, you will conduct business analysis for course validations, new course development, resource allocations, and team structure changes.

About you

This versatile role will be suitable for someone who is actively studying towards a professional accounting qualification and is looking to further their skills and apply in practice what they have learnt. You will need to demonstrate relevant work experience and strong knowledge of financial controls and procedures. Experience in financial planning, budget setting, forecasting, and variance analysis is essential, along with the ability to produce user friendly management report within tight deadlines.

You should be a strong team-player who can also work independently without supervision and have a proven track record of offering and implementing improvements. Your strong planning and organisational skills will enable you to prioritise effectively and manage resources to achieve both short and long-term objectives. Additionally, you should have excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to convey complex financial information to non-finance staff in a clear and meaningful manner.

If this role sounds like the desired next step in your career but you feel that you do not cover every single one of the requirements, please apply and let us decide.

Please note that we might need to close the application process earlier if the number of applications reach a maximum number, so apply today.

Please check the JD for further details and if you have any queries about this role or need any reasonable adjustments for your application, please contact Hazel Bailey, Resourcing Adviser via email at

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world.

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