BAE Systems

Senior Accountant - Customer Funded Programmes

BAE Systems
25 Jun 2021
09 Jul 2021
Siobhan McMullan
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Senior Accountant - Customer Funded Programmes

The BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships business is currently offering exciting finance opportunities based at our Scotstoun site.

The Naval Ships Finance Function strives to provide value adding, fully integrated business support to its project delivery and business support teams. Through the promotion of continuous improvement, it informs business decision making and provides focus on the achievement of financial objectives.

This role will support key MoD/International programmes for Maritime Naval Ships. The design is known as Global Combat Ships (GCS) and we are building 8 vessels for the UK MoD on site in Glasgow but includes design variants for both Australia (9) and Canadian (15) navies which are to be constructed in-country.

The Senior Accountant will assist Finance who will play a key part in both reaching the desired position on day one and then delivering our commitment to quality and budget. This is an exciting hands-on opportunity to gain broad financial and project management experience on our Customer Funded delivery Programmes.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Accountant - Customer Funded Programmes will involve:

  • Providing Project Accounting support, challenge and advice to the Project teams through active engagement in Bids, Project Risk reviews and Contract Reviews
  • Complying with the relevant elements of Naval Ships processes and application of BAE Systems Finance Policies and Financial Controls
  • Assisting Project Managers in the production of robust forecast updates. Completion of all weekly and monthly forecasting as required.
  • Analysing, review, challenge and advise on performance data; ensuring data integrity between the various systems
  • Maintaining and reviewing of the project Contract Status Reports including relevant comments to aid management understanding of movements and variances
  • Your skills and qualifications:


  • Full membership of a relevant professional accounting body - CIMA, ACCA or ACA/ICAS is essential
  • Experience gained in a business partnering or project delivery capacity
  • Experience in data analysis and management reporting
  • High level of commercial awareness in a contracting environment
  • Capability and drive to challenge the business in order to maximise financial performance and control risk
  • Desirable

  • Finance experience gained within engineering, manufacturing, ship building or defence environment would be preferred
  • Good understanding of Financial Control
  • Familiarity with MoD contracting and accounting processes
  • What we're looking for in you:

    You should be a motivated individual with ability to self- manage and to be proactive in seeking continuous improvement opportunities.

    Ability to build working relationships and effectively collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team

    Ability to clearly present and communicate concise information for decision making

    You have a finance career that can demonstrate the ability to facilitate and drive continuous improvement both within your span of responsibility as well as influence the wider business.

    Location: Scotstoun, Glasgow

    Salary: Competitive

    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

    At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains. We employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.

    Our Naval Ships business

    We design and manufacture a range of naval ships and state of the art combat systems and equipment, giving customers the capability to fulfil extensive naval operations. From offshore patrol vessels through to the latest City Class Type 26 frigates that we are building for the UK Royal Navy, and the Australian Hunter Class and Canadian Surface Combatant, we are a business that operates on a truly global platform and can offer a wide range of opportunities where you can play your part in these challenging and exciting projects.

    Attracting and retaining the sharpest minds is essential for a globally competitive UK naval engineering business. Our aim is to recruit the very best talent and we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds, with many different skills, experience and perspectives. We offer the flexibility you need to do what's important to you, whether that's job sharing, home working, or simply the ability to flex your start and stop times. Where practical, we'll support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your full potential.

    We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace - where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential - is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it's good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

    We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

    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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