Deputy Business Manager

Personal Specifications

  • Fully/Part qualified accountant studying towards a recognised finance qualification from the UK recognised professional bodies (eg: ACCA/ICAEW/CIMA or any other UK recognised professional bodies) with solid experience in a commercial environment

  • Additional skills require include: Analysis, Strategy Formulation, Risk Management, Financial Modelling, Financial Planning

  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and manage workload

  • Experienced in managing staff

  • Be able to multitask and work well under pressure

  • Highly motivated, proactive, and requires limited direct supervision and guidance

  • Have advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel

  • Be committed to personal development

  • Participate in training as required in order to keep up to date with all mandatory and refresher training

  • To undertake duties as required that will contribute to the effective operation of HMP Northumberland


  • Prepares, develops and analyses key financial information in preparing budgets and forecasts to ensure future stability, growth and profitability

  • Maintain the key company policies including the financial, procurement, travel policies and procedures and the management information systems

  • Provide a high quality support service liaising with all the management colleagues on all aspects of finance

  • Ensure effective management of the finance department with two finance administrators directly reporting under

Main Duties

  • Deputise for and support the Head of Business Management in all aspects of functional responsibility including budgets, forecasts & cost centre reporting to Senior Management Team

  • Responsible for the day to day operations of the finance department - providing a support service for the prison operation by working with all internal departments and the management team, helping them to make the right financial decisions & assisting external stakeholders in all business related matters

  • Effectively manage staff in the department and lead on their personal development and performance management

  • Adhere to policies and procedures and promote the company values with all internal and external stakeholders

  • Maintain accounting controls and procurement policies, procedures and compliance. Carry out continuous reviews of working practices and processes to ensure efficient and cost effective operations and suggest improvements

  • Preparing monthly financial reports on the Working Prison

  • Preparing monthly financial reports and presentation to the SMT

  • Preparing monthly labour reports and variance analysis

  • Analysing financial performance and contributing to the medium and long term strategies in planning budgets and forecast

  • Able to deputise and make decisions on financial matters and advise on ways of improving performance

  • Ensuring spending is kept in line with budgets and forecast

  • Interpreting and communicating financial information and data to non-financial managers and colleagues

  • Implementing company policies, procedures, risk management, health & safety and internal controls

  • Providing a support service by working with all departments and the management team to help make financial decisions

  • Working with peers across SJS prisons and share best practice

  • Working with central business shared service accounting team on all aspects of the monthly accounts preparation and reconciliations