Finance Business Partner

Job description

Location: Oxygen House, Exeter

Term: Full time, Permanent

Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience

Closing date: 18th December 2018 

This is an exciting new role within the Sparx team based in Exeter.  Reporting into the CEO and working closely with the leadership team, this is a fast paced, hands on role that will suit an ambitious individual.

 Key responsibilities

  • Preparation of monthly management information and the financial section of the board pack
  • Provide high quality and detailed financial analysis to:
    • support strategic and operational decision making
    • monitor performance and progress against financial and non-financial targets
    • monitor cost effectiveness and commercial viability
  • Preparation of the annual budget and forecast updates throughout the year
  • Preparation of detailed financial models in Excel and analysis to support the business in the production of a 5-year strategic plan
  • All liaison with and reporting into Group Finance

About Sparx

Sparx is about learning.  We work with schools, in schools and for schools because we understand the challenges faced by educators, teachers and students on a day to day basis and we are passionate about finding a way to help.

Empowering educators and motivating young people to improve educational outcomes is our mission - aiming to improve life opportunities for over 5 million learners by 2030  #Ed5M.

For over 7 years we have been investigating how young people learn. We have gathered data, listened to teachers and students and overlaid these insights with our own observations, drawing on the expertise of our team.  The result is not an off-the-shelf software product - it is an approach to learning. Our unique, blended learning methodology combines traditional teaching methods with sophisticated technology, our own high quality content and unparalleled levels of support.

Our Team

Our diverse and vibrant team is growing fast! We’re not just developers, data scientists, product owners, content or education experts – we’re also cyclists, DJs, triathletes, published scholars, parents, pet owners, musicians, adventurers, and more. We bring our whole selves to work, and we’re united by our belief in the transformative power of learning and excitement about tackling the hard problems in technology.

Based in one of the best workspaces in the country, we set clear and challenging goals, collaborate, celebrate success and have the opportunity to learn from each other every day. We encourage everyone to stretch beyond their roles and deliver on our mission.


You will already be a qualified accountant (preferably ACA) with significant post qualification industry experience of:

  • Working across multiple products, services and costings
  • Detailed financial modelling in Excel, including capturing and challenging assumptions and outputs
  • Financial analysis and planning
  • Finance Business Partnering
  • Full responsibility for reporting on profit & loss, cash flow and balance sheet

In addition, you will be/have:

  • Self-motivated and flexible in your approach
  • Senior stakeholder management
  • Able to balance attention to detail with a commercial outlook
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to build relationships at all levels and across businesses
  • An interest in education
  • Ability to enjoy a demanding and rewarding environment

If you are looking for a unique opportunity to work among bright, passionate and ambitious peers whilst being led by a visionary management team with an appetite for achieving great things then Sparx is for you.  This role provides the opportunity to work as part of an exceptional team working to achieve transformational outcomes.


Unfortunately, at this current time, we cannot accept applications that require sponsorship for an employment visa.