Finance Business Partner

  • Role type
  • Permanent, Full time

  • Location/s
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell), Hybrid

  • Closing Date
  • 22/04/2024

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Finance Business Partner

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire (hybrid)

Salary: £45,000 to £55,000

Role ID: 2024 - 2304


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world.

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


The Role

We are currently looking for a Finance Business Partner to provide excellent financial support and information to the practice areas at all levels including Practice Director, Business Area Managers and Project Managers/Directors, as well as senior finance management. To enable effective financial management of teams and contracts, and support in the achievement of the Business Unit’s financial targets and growth.

  • Develop the relationships with practice management, as a Business Partner, providing first line finance support, insight, and direction to practice management.
  • Play a lead role in the delivery of the P&L and Working Capital objectives for the practice, with a strong involvement in the management accounting process. In particular, interaction with the Project Manager community, understanding and reviewing project performance and forecast costs to complete. To include variance analysis for key P&L Accounts and Working Capital metrics, focussing on commercial validity and integrity of financial information.
  • Provide insight, support and constructive challenge to Project Financial Performance Reviews.
  • Provide financial analysis and insight in the monthly performance reviews, budgeting and forecasting processes, working with operational management to consolidate, analyse and understand the results prior to submission and presentation.
  • Provide high quality, accurate and timely support and analysis on finance related matters, deal with queries and review procedures.
  • Provide financial support for tenders and bids for new business.
  • Completion of Monthly Management accounts for Business Unit.
  • Liaising with commercial, sales and other central teams, as well as supporting the audit process, as required.
  • Supporting Business Managers in the commercial modelling for large proposals.
  • Supporting Practice Directors’ and Business Managers’ monthly reporting requirements by directly inputting monthly and YTD analysis into standard report templates.

Key competencies and experience:

  • Qualified or final stages of study (CIMA/ACCA)
  • Relevant financial/commercial experience
  • Solid Excel skills (e.g. SUMIFs / Lookups / Pivot tables)
  • Excellent communicator
  • Ability and flexibility to work under pressure to strict deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, plan, prioritise and be responsible for deliverables

Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.