Finance and Corporate Services
The nature of Finance and Corporate services means that we're involved in supporting just about every aspect of the British Library's business.
This could involve developing business models to help us adapt to - and lead the way in - the digital information revolution. Or working with the Estates team to support major high-profile exhibitions at our St Pancras site. Or our procurement professionals working on major capital programme schemes such as developing our groundbreaking automated low-oxygen storage at Boston Spa.
We're at the heart of future planning, developing strategies that will enable the Library to meet the needs of the digital information age. We also lead the way in looking for new revenue streams.
We aim to set world-class standards in everything we do. Join us and you'll enjoy a unique career, as well as the chance to develop and achieve best practice.
What kind of roles are in Finance and Corporate Services?
Role: Team Leader
Team: Messenger/Post Service
This is an essential role for the smooth running of the Library. Every department in the Library relies on the internal Post Service for mail - and many use other related services, too. So this role is a varied and hectic one - prioritising work and maintaining records to help ensure we provide the smoothest service we can.
As well as running a reliable service, this role also focuses on making improvements. Projects such as merging databases to develop a single staff directory all help to speed up delivery times and ensure that the Library fulfils its purpose every day.
Head of Corporate Purchasing Unit (CPU)
Role: Head of Corporate Purchasing Unit (CPU)
Team: Finance and Corporate Services
This role focuses on managing, supporting and implementing the Library's contracting and purchasing requirements. This involves everything from managing staff to contract management and providing professional advice on policy and operational issues.
This could involve coordinating supplier sourcing and contract negotiations for major exhibitions, as well as working with diverse stakeholders across the Library. So, it can cover everything from outsourced contracts for our Estates department to negotiating contracts for the acquisition of books and serials. All of this offers the chance to learn about new market segments and get real contract involvement in an interesting variety of work areas.
Role: Accounts Payable
Team: Accounts Payable
This role focuses on ensuring the prompt, accurate entry of invoice data onto the Oracle Accounts Payable finance system. In addition, the role involves resolving any queries with suppliers, managers and Directorate staff.
The nature of work at the British Library means that the role also offers the scope to become involved in a variety of projects, such as transferring accounts onto the purchase ordering system or even supervising and coordinating an office move. As with all roles, the potential is endless.