Finance Business Partner

Key points

  • Finance business partners are finance executives who provide real-time support and analysis that adds value to the business decision-making process.
  • Finance business partners are trusted advisors who are able to break down barriers between business units to support organisational objectives through communication.
  • If you are looking for a role that allows you to use and develop your commercial, communication and analytical skills, then a career as a finance business partner may be the right fit for you.

Finance business partners are finance executives who work alongside different business departments, to utilise real-time information to support their decision making.

Finance business partners are trusted members within organisations and are respected for their well-considered, measured and objective view of the issues facing businesses.

A finance business partner's primary responsibility is to ensure areas across the entire organisation are able to utilise insights and analysis from many sources to drive the right actions.

Finance business partners can help companies develop a clearer understanding of the drivers behind a business' performance, and the effect that new initiatives may have on a business's ability to achieve its objectives.

Why being a financial business partner could be the right fit for you

Finance business partners actively influence the day to day decisions, shaping strategy and the direction of the business. They act as the interface or 'translator' between finance and the wider organisation as they are commercially aware and are able to understand and anticipate the needs of many departments.

Finance business partners must also be able to identify and win over key stakeholders, to build relationships, and persuade, in order to achieve their objectives.

If you are looking for a career that has a strong commercial focus,, with additional client-facing work, supported by analytical capability, a role as a finance business partner could be right for you.

Who can you work for?

Finance business partners work across a variety of industries and departments as an employee of an organisation. In this specialisation, you are typically most useful if you are a qualified accountant.

Key skills:

  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills
  • Passion for business outcomes
  • Interpersonal skills