BAE Systems

Accounts Assistant

BAE Systems
Rochester, Kent
£21000 - £25000 per annum + depending on skills and experience
10 Aug 2022
24 Aug 2022
Frances Blackledge
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Newly qualified
Job title: Accounts Assistant

Location: Rochester. We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: £21,000 - £25,000 dependant on skills and experience

What you'll be doing:

  • Working with key stakeholders and supporting line leaders in the preparation and completion of financial forecasts in support of monthly business reviews, annual budgets, quarterly business reviews and 5-year integrated business plans
  • Financially controlling and managing a suite of projects and completing all reporting requirements on behalf of those projects
  • Business Partnering with the Project teams to not only understand plans and movements but to also challenge the assumptions made in order to identify financial risks, opportunities, and associated mitigation plans
  • Preparing financial reports to support Contract Status Reviews Plan
  • Driving financial performance to ensure effective working capital, cash management, and reporting
  • Ensuring the projects are fully compliant with the BAE Systems Operational Framework and Finance Policies Manual to satisfy all Internal Control requirements including External and Internal Audit processes
  • Proactively seeking to improve local processes and working practices to drive efficiencies across the team and wider business to help drive the Finance function forward

Your skills and experiences:

    Previous experience in an Accounting, Finance or Business roleGood knowledge of Excel and the ability to quickly learn new IT applicationsThe ability to communicate effectively at all levels including project managers and multi-functional teams along with business area directorsFinance qualification - studying or achieved AAT or similar (desirable)Experience of Project Accounting (desirable)


You'll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You'll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts - you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Electronic Systems - Project Accounting team:

Electronic Systems is a transatlantic business entity combining design, production and support capabilities in both the UK and USA to provide market leading capabilities into the Defence and Commercial Avionics markets. Electronic Systems is a Line of Business within BAE Systems Inc. North America.

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. As an Accounts Assistant, supporting the business group finance lead, you will help to drive the project teams to deliver to their financial commitments. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and grow your skillset and open doors to future opportunities within Electronic Systems and the wider BAE Systems business.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you'll be able to make a real difference. You'll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you'll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments."

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 your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

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