Senior Finance Business Partner (maternity cover)

National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ
£55,000 - £60,000 per annum, dependent on experience
18 Mar 2019
07 Apr 2019
Contract Type


Responsible to              Head of Commercial Finance

Location                          National Tennis Centre, Roehampton, London SW15 5JQ

Salary                               £55,000 - £60,000 per annum, dependent on experience


The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is the National Governing Body for tennis in Great Britain, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and is responsible for developing and promoting the sport while safeguarding the integrity of tennis. The vision for The Lawn Tennis Association is “tennis opened up”; and the mission for all those involved in delivering this vision to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable.

The role of the Finance Department is to ensure the business prioritises its spending on the best projects and programmes to the benefit of our customers, whether that be elite players or kids playing their first game of mini-tennis.

About the role

Your role as Senior Finance Business Partner is about putting finance at the heart of decision making by providing insight to support robust business planning. You will identify cost benefits and payback, and drive value by influencing decisions to ensure all activity is aligned to the business strategy. You will have a pro-active approach ensuring that you are fully involved at the outset of all key projects to ensure that we are driving conversations at the top table.

You will build forecasts that are accurate, secure buy in across multiple stakeholder groups, and routinely measure against these forecasts. You will develop hypotheses for what might be driving budget variances and in doing so develop cost mitigation, income generation or risk management strategies, taking pride in being able to not only understand the “what” but also the “why”. You will be a story teller able to simplify the complex when communicating to senior audiences.

British Tennis is also increasing its planned investment through its new facility investment strategy with the aim of delivering a lasting legacy of improved tennis facilities in Britain. This role will lead in providing financial support, scrutiny and guidance on this high profile project by working closely with the Property senior team.

Key Accountabilities

  • Engage with the Executive team and senior budget holders to gain a detailed understanding of the financial/non-financial drivers for their areas in order to deliver and use evidence to influence business decisions and support strategy
  • Prepare management reporting and insight, ensuring high quality information that is accurate, relevant and timely, and communicated and explained clearly to stakeholders across all levels of the organisation, including production of relevant visuals and dashboards as required
  • Develop and review business plans, annual budgets and forecasts for both financial and non-financial performance
  • Provide pro-active analysis and identification of risks and opportunities, identifying savings to mitigate risks, to ensure budget targets are achieved
  • Support the development, implementation, and on-going tracking of the facility investment process and criteria to enable ongoing analysis with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Monitor the ongoing financial viability of organisations in receipt of facility investment, identifying risks and feeding back appropriately
  • Determine when specific audit and assurance is required with regards to proposed investment recipients
  • Effectively manage the payment process around facility funding to ensure it is efficient,  colleagues are trained in best practice, and that adequate controls are in place
  • Provide guidance and support to partners applying for facility investment, either written or face to face training, with iterative feedback throughout
  • Manage the financial reporting and process around our Sport England funding.
  • Be the Finance lead on the British Tennis Membership (BTM) scheme, providing support on financial modelling to ensure the accuracy of revenue and profit generated from the scheme
  • Provide support to other areas, in particular those that fall under the COO directorate which currently include Marketing, Strategy, Property, Commercial, Coaching and Operations  
  • Recommend optimisations for spend based on observed trends and using inputs from different teams
  • Be actively involved in the development of our financial systems and associated reporting
  • Provide accounting modelling, analysis and advice across a wide range of projects and programmes, providing detailed assessments to support decision making, identifying return on investment and holding business to account with clear post-completion reviews
  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement of systems and automation of processes
  • Manage the integrity of internal controls and ensure that they operate on a best practice basis

Person Specification

Able to influence key internal and external stakeholders across different levels, with great interpersonal skills - Essential

Able to work independently and deliver on time at a consistently high standard - Essential

Clear communicator with a critical eye for detail yet able to simplify the complex in communications - Essential

Commitment to problem-solving and improving processes, always anticipating the question, and looking for better ways of doing things - Essential

Pro-active and fully engaged with a customer focussed mind-set - Essential


Knowledge, Training & Qualifications:

- ACA, CIMA or similarly qualified with post-qualification experience - Essential

- Strong commercial/professional acumen gained at a medium sized, fast growing, high demand business - Essential

- Highly numerate, analytical and commercially-minded individual with expert Excel, report writing and experience with financial systems (eg Agresso) - Essential


Personal Attributes:


  • Strong team player across both Finance and the wider organisation
  • Collaborative approach to building effective relationships
  • Ability and awareness to put yourself in others shoes
  • Communicate in a clear and compelling manner, adapting style to meet needs of the audience


  • Accountability and ownership for results
  • Ability to maintain objectivity and independence
  • Ability to utilise data to identify key issues to achieve long-range goal


  • Personal drive and passion to make a difference in British Tennis
  • Pro-activity to take on responsibility
  • Think creatively and with confidence to see things through to implementation and completion
  • Inspire others and create possibilities for finance to be at the heart of decision making


  • Positive approach and mind-set to process improvement
  • Utilise planning and organisational skills to prioritise and meet timescales
  • Creativity in identifying solutions and solving problems
  • Challenge commercial rationale for decisions, ensuring it is robust and measurable

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