Senior Finance Business Partner - Bristol

£Competitive - Commercial Finance
Ref: 653 Date Posted: Thursday 30 Nov 2023

We are delighted to be working on behalf of IOP Publishing to appoint two Senior Finance Business Partners.  The Senior Finance Business Partner will be a trusted advisor and internal consultant, accountable for and driving strong strategic relationships with the executive leaders and the directorate leadership teams internationally, owning the financial strategy plan for each directorate, shaping and influencing financial and commercial capability and decision-making across the directorate, while working seamlessly with the broader finance teams.

Translating business strategy into functional financial strategy, you will likely be a Head of FP&A / Head of Commercial Finance / Head of Finance / Senior Finance Business Partner profile interested in a role with no month end activities.


About IOP

IOP Publishing is a society-owned scientific publisher (£75m turnover 2022), providing impact, recognition and value for the scientific community. IOP Publishing’s portfolio includes more than 90 journals, around half of which are published jointly with or on behalf of partner societies and research organisations. Its publishing portfolio reflects the growth of scientific research in core scientific fields, while recognising the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of scientific research.

IOP Publishing is undergoing unprecedented change, with a new leadership team, new strategic direction and major investment in infrastructure and digital marketing capability they are at the forefront of change in the industry.  That change will see a wholesale transition to the business model over the next 3 – 5 years.



In September 2022, IOP moved its headquarters to a brand-new purpose-built office. The Distillery in Bristol, UK, provides fully supported digital working combined with a space that fits its hybrid and flexible way of working. The new office offers a collaborative and social hub with space for quiet work.


The Role

The role will take a lead role in coaching and mentoring leaders and will provide the “voice of the customer” into the finance operation to enable strategic solutions and the development of the finance operating model generally, contributing to and delivering on agreed strategy and standards, connecting with relevant functional colleagues to ensure cohesion and in particular so that business and financial controls are developed in line with standards.  Headline activities will include:


  • Develop, own and implement future focussed strategic financial plans for specific areas of the business
  • Provide counsel, options, expertise and practical implementation of financial management to directors and senior managers to support the delivery of financial strategy
  • Ensure decisions are grounded in financial strategy and that financial plans deliver strategic aims.
  • Imbed a culture of reviewing performance against KPIs, and lead on any corrective actions as required.
  • Provision of investment appraisal to support all financial decisions including new business, renegotiation, acquisition, divesture.


About You

As a professionally qualified accountant with significant PQE (ACA/ACCA/CIMA), you will have strong financial planning experience gained in a similar complex group organisation coupled with strong experience of owning and developing budget, forecast and business planning processes.  Given the heavy focus on this role on strategic planning, investment appraisal and economic evaluation, you will demonstrate experience of influencing and coaching business stakeholders at all levels.


Why work with us at IOP Publishing

Purpose: We are a world leader in the development of publishing for the scientific community - working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish.

Culture: We offer a truly international culture with offices in Europe, Asia and the US and our reach is global. Our culture is the perfect blend of dedicated and intelligent professionalism, informal, friendly collaboration and authenticity with a social conscience. 

Financial benefits:  A competitive salary, an excellent pension scheme (up to 12% company contribution), a discretionary annual bonus scheme, a £200 stipend payment on completion of the probation period, and a range of other useful and cost-saving benefits available through our benefits platform.

Health and Wellbeing: 33+ days holiday (including bank holidays), a 35-hour working week, life assurance, cycle-to-work scheme, dental insurance, health care cash plan, and a great positive working environment in our brand-new office in central Bristol - modern airy and designed with all of our colleagues in mind – for work and social time.

Flexibility: A flexible hybrid working environment to suit everyone’s needs. As there will not be a requirement for the person in this role to be in the office on a weekly basis, we are open to considering applicants from a wider geographical area who are happy to travel to Bristol for quarterly meetings, annual appraisals, one to one and team meetings, subject to business needs.


All Third Party application will be sent to Coyne & Associates for consideration