BAE Systems

Senior Project Accountant

BAE Systems
Preston, Lancashire
30 Nov 2021
14 Dec 2021
Jessica Bradley-Kelso
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Qualified accountant


Senior Project Accountant

Would you like to play a key role in the supporting our finance function within BAE Systems Air sector? We currently have vacancies for Senior Project Accountants at our site in Warton.

BAES Systems Air Sector is a through-life business which delivers advanced military air capability both to our UK and many overseas customers. Air E&I (Europe & International) is responsible for the delivery of our European & International commitments for Typhoon, Tornado and Hawk, including production aircraft, aircraft capability, and through life support.

As a Senior Project Accountant, you will be responsible for providing Project Accountant support to teams across the Europe and International portfolio. This will cover a variety of interesting contracts, ranging in size, complexity and value. You will be part of an Integrated Project Team, working alongside Commercial, Project Management and other functions including Operations and Procurement; therefore, your ability to work cross-functionally is vital. You will need to exhibit high levels of business acumen to ensure you add value to your Project and BAE Systems as a whole.

This role will provide you with exciting large-scale projects that you will have the opportunity to work on. It will also give you growth to progress within the role and within the wider BAE Systems organisation. This is an exciting time to join the finance function within BAE Systems as we are looking at the future and leading with the times through modernisation.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Project Accountant will involve:

  • Driving the delivery of all internal and external targets (financial and non-financial) as required.

This includes:

- Engaging with line leaders, including cross functionally, with preparing Budgets, Forecasts and Business Plans that drives positive financial outcomes.

- Working with the business in the quarterly contract review process including challenge of estimates and involvement in risk management process.

  • Partnering with the business, across a range of functions, including Project Management and Commercial.

This includes:

- Reviewing and challenging financial information with the Project Team to facilitate decision making.

- Understanding our contractual deliverables and working to achieve positive outcomes.

  • Focusing on maintaining and improving E&I financial controls through:

- Ensuring all financial procedures and controls are applied as required; and supporting non finance functions on their application.

- Supporting the business with Internal and External Audit activity.

- Proactively seeking to improve local processes and working practices to drive efficiencies across the team and wider business.

Your skills and qualifications:

  • Qualified in CIMA, ACA or ACCA
  • Experience driving business improvement
  • Previous work experience in a finance role
  • Ability to manage and influence a variety of stakeholders at all levels
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reprioritise to meet key deadlines
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to challenge
  • Proactive
  • Advanced Excel. Proficient in Word and PowerPoint

What we're looking for in you:

You will be joining an established Finance team of around 200 staff that provides Project Accounting support to Contracts across the Europe & International portfolio. Project Accounting at BAE Systems is not just about providing financial information to stakeholders, it is about being integrated in the multi-functional Project Team, ensuring we work together to maximise the value we create within our business. We are looking for individuals who are confident, who can challenge assumptions, who are proactive and can make informed decisions.

Location: Warton

Salary: £44,471+

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

BAE Systems Air

If you'd like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you.

From keeping soldiers, sailors and pilots safe to helping countries prosper, from developing the next generation of supersonic aircraft to investing in the next generation of super-smart talent - at BAE Systems, we work together to give our customers an essential edge in protecting the things that really matter. Lives, livelihoods, ways of life.

As part of our Air team, you could be working at the edge of what is technologically possible, shaping the future to ensure our customers are ready to face challenges we cannot even imagine today. You could be developing and evolving the technologies that will defend the UK for generations to come and supporting our customers around the globe.

Join us and you'll be encouraged and rewarded to excel in this important work. Apply your talent where it counts.

At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.

For more information on our Diversity & Inclusion work, please click here.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.

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