Junior Finance Business Partner

Job City:  Guildford
Professional Area:  Finance
Job Req ID:  119341

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

Role Profile




Business partner

Role Title

Junior Business Partner – International (Connect & Products)

Job Title

Junior Business Partner

Reports to

Senior Finance Manager

Job Code





Jan 2022

Role Description

The role holder:

As Junior Business Partner, you will be a key member of the International Finance team supporting Connect, Products and Propositions, driving the performance of the respective business areas and delivery of budget and IBP targets.

This role requires a particular emphasis on business partnering as Connect focuses on profitable growth and delivery of key programmes, whilst products focuses on investment delivery, managing manufacturing risks and controlling stock levels and Propositions focuses on business case development and managing investment outcomes.

The role covers Connect business area which equate to roughly £15m annual revenue, across approximately 70 projects with 10+ different customers via multiple different commercial mechanisms.

In Products the role covers the product, propositions and manufacturing strategy, management and investment which has overheads of approximately £4m and investment of approximately £4m.

The role will be based from our Guildford or Gloucester offices, working on a hybrid basis with attendance at the office a couple of times per month in line with business requirements.

The individual will ideally be a qualified accountant (or close to qualifying)  and a UK national eligible for full SC

Organisation Chart


  • The role will report into Senior Finance Manager, International


Core Duties

•        Support to Connect and Products/Propositions leadership teams responsible for the business operation and performance and delivery of budget and IBP targets.

•        Provide strong financial business partnering in the form of guidance, advice, decision support and challenge to optimise the financial performance of each business area and maximise return on investments.

•        Effectively share external perspectives and good practice to help deliver measurable improvements in the approach to decision making, value for money and risk management.

•        Attendance at monthly product reviews, challenging resourcing and stock management.

•        Manage the product and manufacturing business ensuring inventory levels are appropriate and manufacturing risks are dealt with appropriately.

•        Shape and approve Connect bids for new business in line with strategy, optimising chances of winning whilst also ensuring business deliverability.

•        Build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships across the regional leadership teams and the wider business.

•        Consider risks and opportunities, taking a calculated risk based approach to business performance to ensure opportunities can be captured.

•        Shape and support business cases for Products and Propositions

•        Ensure a robust control framework is being operated at a project and portfolio level in compliance with financial policies and Digital Intelligence processes

Leadership Responsibilities

• Be seen by internal stakeholders and external stakeholders as the subject expert for their area

• Ability to influence Connect leadership

• Ability to indirectly influence Project Accounting Centre.
• Ability to understand and manage complex stakeholder relationships, and to influence senior and overseas stakeholders

• Ability to establish and monitor clear goals, objectives & KPI’s
• Support in strategy development and delivery for Connect & Products

• Build broad network through Finance through networking and supporting wider finance events.

• Ability to build relationships and influence across a complex matrix organisation.

Nature of Impact:
• Shaping strategic financial activity across Connect & Products and contributing to strategic decisions


Area of Impact:
• Impact on Key Accounts, Connect & Products through owning and delivering IBP targets and strategy

Budget Responsibilities

The role holder:

Will hold DOA up to £0.5m for bid approvals. Responsible for delivery of IBP targets including substantial overhead and investment budgets.

Subject Knowledge and Qualifications

Functional Knowledge:
• Financial experience and a substantial understanding of financial, processes, procedures and industry best practice.

• Project accounting experience

• Experience managing and developing investment cases.

Business Expertise:
• Understanding of the Markets in which BAE Systems Digital Intelligence operates as well as its competitors and also requires an extensive understanding and knowledge of International Government in which the role operates
• Understanding of how the opportunities the business pursues fits into the business strategy
• Knowledge of Digital Intelligence products and services.
• Knowledge of own sector and how this relates to wider BAE Systems UK


Applies skills and subject matter knowledge to resolve moderately complex problems and issues.

Problem Solving:
• Proven complex problem solver
• Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative and strategic solutions
• Draws upon past or previous experience and makes judgements to resolve problems for scenarios that may not be covered by standard procedures.
• History of making evaluative judgments of both factual and qualitative information drawn from a variety of sources. This may be moderately complex in nature.
• Ability to translate Business Strategy into action and create a pipeline of opportunities that can be matured by the business
• Provide ideas and insightful thought through information/data which helps others to make a decision/reach a solution that best suits the business needs.

Interpersonal Skills:
• An effective communicator, able to manage messages into multiple audiences, with good influencing skills with internal / external stakeholders
• Influences with internal stakeholders, sometimes senior, with a strong customer focus and the ability to build relationships internally and externally.
• Challenging constructively to ensure development of solutions which meet business needs
• Experience in managing conflict or conflicting priorities



• Qualified Accountant


Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence 

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. 

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours. 

Job Title:  Junior Finance Business Partner

Job City:  Guildford
Professional Area:  Finance
Job Req ID:  119341