Role details

Business Facing Accountant

Christchurch   •   £45,000 - £55,000   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • FTSE 100 Defence Organisation in Christchurch seeks Management Accountant
  • Commercially minded, CIMA qualified Business Partners should apply

About Our Client

UK's leading engineering support services organisation employing over 28,000 people across the world.

Job Description

Main Accountabilities:

  • To own and manage detailed financial models for each relevant contract, updating for budget & forecast processes, including balance sheet assumptions, and ensuring the financial integrity of these models
  • To provide financial input into the month end process for each relevant contract, preparing journal inputs and balance sheet reconciliations for key balance sheet accounts as appropriate
  • To provide detailed variance analysis for contract movements, including variances against budget, forecast and monthly fluctuations, driving and owning the financial performance within relevant contracts
  • To support bids and rebids where appropriate, and assume responsibility for integrity of financial data used in bid models and submissions (at all stages of the bid process), ensuring compliance with Group bid policies at all times
  • Processing contract change requests in terms of finance input and sign-off, working closely with commercial and operational colleagues
  • Act as primary finance owner of:
    • Fixed assets, including governance over authorisations for additional capex
    • Stocks, including all appropriate controls in line with Group policy framework
  • Preparation of business cases for all operational expenditure of material value
  • Financial input and support into new contract implementations
  • Maximisation of income and cash generation across contracts and the wider Business Stream
  • Act as primary contact for customer and contract manager where financial queries arise (including internal customers, e.g. Group Reporting or Transactions teams)
  • Provide second line support for cash collection on assigned contracts (first line support provided by Transactions team)
  • Primary point of contact for internal and external auditors in their review of contract performance and associated data
  • Assist where required in the implementation of new Group policies, changes in accounting policies where relevant to assigned contracts, and in ensuring adherence to internal controls
  • Ensure key financial controls are in place and operating effectively in all new operating systems and processes
  • Assist where required to provide information for customers, e.g.:
      • Production and maintenance of gainshare calculations
      • Operational modelling support to contracts
      • Production of customer accounts as required

The Successful Applicant

Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Recognised professional qualification.
  • Ability to understand and manipulate data to present clear and concise financial messages for review.
  • Ability to ensure deadlines and targets are achieved or surpassed.
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of industry and regulatory standards

Skills & Competencies

  • Extensive experience in the use of Microsoft Office 2010 suite of applications including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio and Outlook.
  • Experience of Finance IT applications (e.g. Navision, IFS, SAP etc.)

Key Leadership & People Management skills

  • Effective matrix management of the customers of the service and the other functional units.

Interpersonal/Behavioural Skills

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to engage effectively with all Business Unit stakeholders.
  • Self-starter able to define and satisfy the demands of stakeholders and customers of the process through consolidation of information, interpretation of the results and the presentation of the results in a manner that supports and challenges the business.
  • Adopts a customer-centric approach to delivery of service.
  • Ability to foster an organisational culture that is positive about change and committed to delivery of business objectives.
  • A demonstrable team player with an ability to help motivate those working with them.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to influence and negotiate to ensure key decisions, deadlines and targets are met.

What's on Offer

Attractive salary and benefits package

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