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Developing as a Finance Business Partner in Higher Education

Location: Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

Event Description: 

Tuesday 18th December 09.00 - 16.30pm

 Course overview:

This course will explore the role of the Finance Business Partner within Higher Education.  It will allow delegates to understand the role and realities of the Business Partner, using HE examples and the competencies required of a Finance Business Partner.   The course will take you through ways to work more strategically. It will help you identify and practise ways to better develop relationships, ways of working and communication with stakeholders.   You will also work with a set of tools to develop and prioritise your activities.  You will leave the session with a personal action plan to put into place on your return.  

 Who should attend:

This workshop is aimed at Finance professionals and current and/or prospective Finance business partners who desire clarity on the demands of the role, the knowledge, skills and attitude required and how to develop a blueprint for success.

 What does the course aim to do?

 Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the role of finance business partner within a Higher Education institution, illustrated with HE examples
  • Explore the role and realities of the finance business partner, mapping current activities and competencies.
  • Identify ways to operate more strategically
  • Identify strategies and behaviours for working and communicating with non-finance professionals across a large organisation
  • Be introduced to effective strategies and behaviours for building relationships and managing stakeholders
  • Identify what it means to add value as a finance business partner and how to demonstrate value.
  • Work with a set of tools to plan and prioritise activity as a finance business partner
  • Practise some key partnering skills including communicating the role confidently
  • Develop a personal development and action plan

 Who is presenting?

A director from Develop Global.  Develop Global is the leading UK consultancy specialising in business partnering and transforming corporate services.  

Registration from 9am ready for a 9.30am start and a 4.30pm finish (refreshments and lunch included).

More information on the venue can be found here.


09.30 – 11.00

  • Introductions, context, objectives, agenda
  • Overview of finance business partnering in HE, its value and how it is different to more traditional approaches
  • Mapping our business partnering roles
  • What we are moving ‘from and to’
  • External examples and HE case study of finance business partnering

11.00 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.30

  • The value-add role of the finance business partner in HE
  • Operating strategically and boosting commercial success
  • Prioritisation against strategic outcomes

12.30 – 13.15


13.15 – 14.45

  • Describing your role in terms of value – your lift speech
  • Building influence
  • Strategies for engaging stakeholders - stakeholder analysis and political mapping tools

14.45 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.30

  • Practical stakeholder analysis exercise based on real stakeholders
  • Finance business partner competencies review
  • Paired coaching to gain personal insight and actions
  • Evaluation and close

Please note this event is for colleagues whose HEI is a member of BUFDG.  If you have a query about whether you are eligible to book a place, please email Gill at g.birch@bufdg.ac.uk


Date : 18/12/2018

Ticket Remaining End Price

5 18/12/2018 £420.00
(Inc. VAT)
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