Balfour Beatty

Project Finance Lead

Winchester, South East, UK
Not disclosed
12 Sep 2022
12 Oct 2022
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

About the role

Balfour Beatty are currently looking for a Project Finance Lead to join our Highways team based in Winchester.

Within this varied role you'll overall accountability for the project financial management, cost control and reporting in accordance with Group Policies. You'll be expected to develop a high performing, trusted and customer focused finance and site support team.

What you'll be doing

As a Project Finance Lead , you will have the following accountabilities:

  • Act as a financial partner to the relevant leadership teams to ensure all financial issues are robustly and effectively managed and reported
  • Lead, develop and coach individuals to build high performing teams and create a pipeline of talent
  • Timely preparation of accurate monthly Cost and Value reconciliations and other financial reports, complying with all relevant accounting policies and requirements
  • Provide constructive challenge and input into project review meetings to ensure that issues are identified, reported and addressed
  • Work closely with the Commercial teams to understand and influence business performance and manage risks. Ensure risk is effectively reported.
  • Prepare monthly reconciliations , manage the balance sheet, cash flow and credit control routines
  • Control WIP model and produce month end WIP/Overmeasure balances
  • Prepare budgets and forecasts both internally and externally
  • Be proactive in identifying variances from forecasts and liaise with budget holders and commercial managers as appropriate
  • Manage Project Bank Account reporting to the Client and internally
  • Liaise with Balfour Beattys accounting services team to ensure all project costs are recorded and accounted for correctly

Who we're looking for

You will have the following:

  • Be a qualified accountant, preferably with contracting or projects background.
  • Strong influencing and communication skills, with an ability to command respect at all levels of the organisation.
  • The ability to be independent and objective, whilst maintaining effective relationships, is essential.
  • Good attention to detail, a disciplined and organised approach to work and the ability to handle and work with complex data is required, along with good Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel.
  • Experience in ERPs including Oracle is advantageous.
  • Understand and implements appropriate controls to processes, procedure and reports.

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

Balfour Beatty Highways delivers major schemes including smart motorway upgrade programmes, complex national infrastructure projects and regional investment programme works for National Highways. We have a strong orderbook and a positive pipeline of opportunities, we put our customer, the road user, at the heart of everything we do. We work safely, delivering net carbon reductions and social value to the communities within which we work.

At Balfour Beatty we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential, not only because this is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a better business. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we have a UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which sets out the wide range of targeted, proactive, measurable steps we are taking to make this a reality. You can read our UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in full at

To help and support us with our desired commitment to create an inclusive culture we are members of WISE, enei, Business Disability Forum and Women into Construction. In 2020, we signed the Audeliss and Involve Open Letter to demonstrate our commitment to taking key long term and sustainable actions on Black Inclusion. Balfour Beatty is also a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Further information on Disability Confident can be found at:

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below. 

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