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Senior Finance Business Partner - FTC

We’re looking for a Senior Finance Business Partner to join our team here at Penguin Random House UK on a 12 month fixed term contract basis to cover a period of parental leave.


Reporting to the Finance and Commercial Director of Penguin Random House, you’ll join the senior leadership team in Audio and will be responsible for advising on all commercial aspects of the business including new acquisitions, audio commercial terms, BBC Audio negotiations and contract, internal override, new business ventures and author payments. You’ll also be responsible for results reporting, budgeting and forecasting for the division and ensuring implementation of financial policies both internally and externally.


Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Management accounting, budgeting and forecasting
  • Delivering key input into financial and commercial decisions including author acquisitions
  • Development of reporting tools to aid business decisions
  • Ensuring best practise and financial controls are followed
  • Attending & presenting at BBC board meetings
  • Attending and presenting at senior management reviews including month end financials and budget and forecast meetings
  • Line management for an analyst, including recruitment, training and development of that employee
  • Responsible for developing financial awareness throughout the division for example completed titles, and delivering training sessions to non-financial staff on reading and understanding acquisition P & L’s
  • Responding quickly to requests for additional information which may aid the business to improve their profitability
  • Aid in the strategic review of the business to drive growth at a turnover and profit level


Building relationships and collaborations that challenge, support and influence at all levels of the business will be vitally important, incorporating your excellent communication skills at all times. You’ll be experienced in the creation of high quality numerical business reporting and will have exposure to creating KPI’s and financial data analysis for senior management teams.


The ability to interpret trends, improve financial reporting and implementing innovative solutions will be key. Ideally you will be part or fully qualified in CIMA, ACCA or ACA.


Please note internally the role is known as Senior Finance Manager.


If you’d like to apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the role by midnight on Wednesday 17th August 2022.


Salary: £46,000 - £67,000 depending on how your experience and skills align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.


We’re currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. The needs of our teams and individuals are different, so we’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach. While our offices are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing.


For this role, there are meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person (mainly at our offices in Nine Elms & Pimlico). The exact balance of office to remote working will depend on the nature of your role and team needs, and we are open to discussing this through the recruitment process.


What you can expect from us:
Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

 •    27 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.


As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.


We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at


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We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

Company: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 

Job ID: 238981

Date:  03-Aug-2022

London, LND, GB, SW11

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