Finance Business Partner

Network Rail

We offer an optional compressed 4 day work week (35hrs)

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Manchester, UK ⚠️

Finance Business Partner


Manchester, GB

Department Name


About Network Rail

About Network Rail…

🌟 Join Our Team at Network Rail! 🌟

Are you ready to make a difference in people's lives? At Network Rail, we connect passengers and freight customers, ensuring safe and efficient transportation across the country.

We're dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that reflects the passengers we serve. To achieve this, we're committed to becoming an open, diverse, and inclusive workplace, leveraging the skills and expertise of our talented workforce. Together, we strive to create a safe and accessible railway for everyone.

Investing in our people is key to enhancing the safety, reliability, and efficiency of our railway system. If you're passionate about making a meaningful impact, then this opportunity is for you!

Brief Description

Vacancy Details

Duration: Permanent

Location: This role is based in Manchester Square One. This role is a full-time opportunity including 3 days per week office based, flexible working patterns will be considered.

Band & Salary: Band 4C – Salary £43,588 to £49,036 (Subject to experience)

Closing date: 21st June. On occasions, we may need to close the advert early based upon application volumes. Late applications may not be accepted.

Next Steps: Interviews will be held W/C 8th July.

Some of our great benefits:

🌍 Flexible/hybrid working arrangements considered.

🌞 Generous annual leave (28 days plus statutory days), with the option to buy/sell days.

🎁 Discounts at stations with your Network Rail pass.

Defined benefit pension scheme

🚂 75% subsidy on train tickets.

🎟️ Interest-free travel loan for train and car park season tickets.

🕊️ Volunteer leave to make a positive impact.

Plus more….

About the role (External)

About the team..

This role sits within the Business Partnering section of Accounting Services. The overall role of the department is to deliver bulk transactional activities on behalf of the whole Business and continually search for areas for potential improvement both within and outside of the department. This always will be done by working collaboratively with Finance teams and others, across Network Rail.

Who are we looking for?

We're on the hunt for a Finance Business Partner to join our team in Manchester. As a key player, you'll work closely with our Finance Teams in our UK wide Business.

Your mission? To provide support our Finance Teams and their Business Partners to ensure we support & challenge the Business in delivering streamlined processes that add value and free up key Finance personnel to make a difference.

What does the average day look like?

Every day as a Finance Business Partner is different, filled with diverse responsibilities, including:

🌟 Financial Guidance: Help our Finance Business Partners navigate our Finance regulations and procedures with timely input and advice and act as link between our Finance Systems and Process team.

🌟 Corporate Governance Champion: Safeguard our business by maintaining corporate governance standards across the routes, regions & functions. Dive deep into compliance with financial regulations to keep us on the right side of the law.

🌟 Insightful Reporting: Work closely with the Business to identify those reporting requirements that may be best provided from a central team to improve quality, consistency and time efficiencies.

🌟Influential Collaborator: Timely and focussed engagement with the processing and reporting teams in Accounting Services to deliver quick solutions to any issues that may block Regional and Group Finance teams from operating effectively. Be the single point of contact between Regional Finance and Accounting Services enabling speedy and efficient resolution of problems and questions.

Essential Criteria

·Demonstrate strong understanding of business needs and relevant application of accounting standards

·Membership (Or working towards a membership) of a relevant accounting body (CIMA/ACCA) or equivalent experience

·Knowledge of creating and maintaining accounts and annual budget

·Significant experience within relevant finance disciplines

·Strong excel skills and use of data manipulation

·Strong interpersonal and communication skills

·Ability to interpret technical accounting regulations into everyday language

·Demonstrable effective influencing skills at a senior level

·Significant understanding of financial control and risk

·Excellent technical finance and accounting knowledge

How to apply (External)

Additional Information…

We're an inclusive employer of choice and we welcome applications from everyone!

We're also a Disability Confident Leader employer and we'll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their awareness of our Safety Vision

Visit Evenbreak’s Career Hive should you need accessibility support to apply or any require any reasonable adjustments, please email [email protected]


As an arm’s length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees. Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements.

• Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

• Complete a satisfactory 3-year employment history check

• Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check for more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or another factor.


We own, repair and develop the railway infrastructure in England, Scotland and Wales.

Working Week

We offer an optional compressed 4 day work week (35hrs)

  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thu
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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 28 days annual leave, plus public holidays

  • 37 days
  • 52 Fridays
  • 89 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

Some staff work fully on-site with other teams working hybrid remotely.

  • United Kingdom

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Childcare support
  • Equipment allowance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 43k across 19 departments:

  • engineering
  • business development
  • information technology
  • operations
  • finance
  • support
  • education
  • human resources
  • +11 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Business needs understanding
  • Accounting standards
  • Membership of accounting body
  • Creating and maintaining accounts
  • Annual budget management
  • Finance disciplines experience
  • Excel
  • Data manipulation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Technical accounting interpretation
  • Influencing skills
  • Financial control understanding
  • Risk management
  • Technical finance knowledge

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