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Job Title Business Manager
Department Finance
Role Business Services
Job Location London

Busienss Manager

The purpose of the role is to provide strategic and day-to-day operational support to the Financial Markets Partners and National Practice Group head (NPGH)

Reports to: Finance Director

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Business Manager will assist the NPGH and the Partners in the Financial Markets Group with a range of tasks and projects, including:
- Helping drive the Group’s strategic planning process, including preparation of the Group’s business plans
- Managing the financial performance of the Group including preparation of the Group’s annual budgets and monitoring the Group utilisation, time recording, WIP, Debts and profitability
- Review trends and highlight key information from monthly P&L reports to the partners
- Hold regular meetings with individual partners to discuss practice growth, target clients, income projections, products and profile
- Working with the secretarial coordinator to improve the processes and efficiencies within the Group
- Review monthly utilisation reports and clean up data
- To make sure mid-year and end of year appraisals take place and feedback is collected.
- To liaise with HR around secondments, promotions, graduate placements and trainee schedules
- Speaking to partners to identify candidates for promotion, assist the Group Head in testing rationale of business case
- Discuss and reviewing business plans and objectives with MA and Partner promotion candidates

Key relationships:

To be successful in this role the Business Manager will need to build and manage a number of key relationships within the business; this will include working closely with the Group’s Partners and Business Services directors and other senior management.

Person specification:

• Experience in a strategic consultancy or similar strategy or analysis led environment
• Experience in international professional services organisations and an appreciation of their dynamics
• Strong financial and research capability
• Strong problem solving skills and ability to develop and implement practical solutions
• Good communication skills – written, spoken and general persuasive / influencing
• Project Management and leadership experience, particularly around change implementation
• Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams and the ability to build consensus and buy in from multiple stakeholders
• Experience coaching / mentoring fee earners for both business development and career progression
• Ability to engage comfortably at all levels within the organisation
• A desire to understand this business and to work as part of a team to take it forward
• A recognition of the relationship between strategy and implementation, and a proven track record in supporting both effectively
• Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and
• Able to develop professional relationships and build business through diverse networks


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