Finance Business Partner


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

From global research discoveries to clinical breakthroughs – our vision is to become the most influential life sciences company for researchers. If you are motivated by making a real impact to people’s life and have a desire to work in a passionate and diverse community, Abcam is the place for you.

Our culture is driven by our dedicated, agile and audacious community of professionals who are driven by a combined purpose and sense of belonging. We’re incredibly proud to be recognised as one of the top 5 best places to work in the UK for two years running, as per Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award.

Job Description

Reporting to Finance Director – R&D, the Finance Business Partner – R&D will play a key role in supporting the R&D functions through monthly business performance review and by providing value added analysis to R&D Senior Leaders.

The role will be responsible for ensuring delivery of timely budgets and forecasts, providing analysis of cost drivers and returns.

This position will also include line management responsibilities of a Finance Analyst supporting R&D and will require good relationships to be built with other FBPs and FAs across the global organization.

Occasional travel to global offices will be required.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Overall ownership for budget / forecast process for R&D including BAU and Programmes and ensure key messaging is identified throughout the process
  • Partnering for SLT and programmes including cost control, risk and opps identification, and ongoing financial guidance
  • Oversight / review of month end accounts and KPIs including SLT review to identify and highlight key messaging
  • Provide value, add insights to the business and ensure all regular / ad hoc reporting accurately reflects cost drivers and KPIs
  • Build business cases including returns and prioritisation for new projects requiring capital investment
  • Ensure that correct financial procedures are maintained and adhered to Ad hoc analysis and modelling as required


You will have at least 3 years experience in a business partner role. You will have the ability to build relationships at VP level and be seen as a partner and trusted advisor. You will be able to influence and challenge senior stakeholders of the R&D team in a constructive manner, as well as working with other members of the finance team to understand and communicate any impacts on other functions in the business. You should also possess strong commercial acumen to be able to consider the commercial impact of finance or R&D decisions. Line management experience would be an advantage.

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why we offer all kinds of ways to enable you and your loved ones to be well and live well. You can expect;

  • A culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development. We provide a wide range of training opportunities, for both professional and personal development.
  • The freedom to work in a way that works for you, with a focus on maximising productivity and innovation at work whilst reducing environmental impact.
  • A performance-based share plan, inspiring and rewarding our people as we deliver Abcam’s strategy.
  • Attractive and flexible benefits package including 18 weeks full paid maternity leave and 6 weeks full paid paternity leave, increased paid time off accrual over time and much more.

We offer a truly inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. This is underpinned by our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and our partnerships with WORK180 (endorsed employer for women) and MyGwork (LGBT+ professional community). All our positions are open as a Job Share, where two talented professionals can share the responsibility of a full time position. You can declare your interest in a job share role within the application form.

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you’re interested in this particular role then we’d love to read your application.


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