Ministry of Defence

Qatar Air Programmes Office Cost Consolidator

High Wycombe
26 May 2023
21 Jun 2023
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

About the job

Job summary

The Qatar Air Programmes Office (QAPO) is a team within the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Strategy) organisation consisting of RAF personnel and civil servants located within the Ministry of Defence, RAF Coningsby, and RAF Leeming. The QAPO exists to support the successful delivery of support to the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) across Typhoon procurement, Joint Typhoon Sqn (12 Sqn) and Joint Hawk Training Sqn (11 Sqn) flying training. 

The finance team within QAPO is responsible for:

  • Ensuring any spend for the delivery of the programmes is a fully justifiable spend of public funds.
  • Be the first point of contact to the wider QAPO team on financial matters by providing ad-hoc advice and support.
  • Present quarterly reports of MI for the recognition of income drawdown and to provide awareness to senior UK-based stakeholders on the current state of play of the programmes.
  • Maintain both In-Year and Multi-Year forecasts of expected expenditure and income for audit and reporting needs required by Air Finance.
  • Provide financial approval for new business cases.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week

Job description

As the Cost Consolidator for the QAPO Finance team you will be required to: 

  • Coordinate cost reporting, carrying out tasks from the Cost Controller and assisting the FinOps BLB Team with generating report returns on Qatar Programme expenditure. 
  • Apply initial rules-based scrutiny to expenditure, utilising attribution principles and guidance from the Programme. 
  • Assist with the forecast and maintenance of In-Year Programme PMO and Risk spend, and Programme income within the programme’s budget. 
  • Compile reports and run reporting processes for costs not linked directly to financial data, including personnel expenditure. 
  • Maintain the QAPO Business Plan. 
  • Support administration of finance team meetings; provide input to the monthly FOO Reviews, manage minute-taking for all meetings. 
  • Carry out financial scrutiny, including affordability, on all BAU proposals within the Business Plans.
  • Sense check legacy information and update where applicable, ensure detailed descriptions are provided and make sure Programme Leads endorse each plan

Person specification

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • The ability to work flexibly and change direction quickly to meet changing priorities and demands 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with staff and partners at all levels 
  • Willingness to complete the Finance Skills Certificate (FSC) – Foundation within 6 months of joining.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


  • Benefits include, but are not limited to:
    • Flexible working
    • Training and personal development opportunities
    • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
    • 25 days paid annual leave rising to 30 days on completion of 5 years’ service
    • In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The King’s birthday
    • A highly competitive Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
    • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
    • Subsidised membership to a fitness suite and lunchtime/evening Military led fitness classes
    • Café and shop on site

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 19th June 2023

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

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