Senior Project Accountant (FTC)

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Senior Project Accountant

Would you like to work in a role in Enterprise IT Services (EITS), a Shared Services business within BAE Systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Project Accountant based at The Strand, Preston.

As a Senior Project Accountant, you will support the Senior Finance Manager and SMT in the effective financial management of all IT ‘Services’ provided by EITS. This includes the production and update of a Summary Status Report (SSR) for all Services on a monthly basis, prior to review with Service Manager, the Service Cost Management team and functional management. Establishing and maintaining effective Financial Control will be key to success in this role.

This role will provide you with an exciting and diverse opportunity, in a fast moving environment, where you will work closely with other business partners to maximise value to the business.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Project Accountant will involve:

Producing and maintaining of a Summary Status Report (SSR) for all Service costs on a monthly basis. This will include the reporting of actual costs and commitment from SAP, and regular updates of Estimate to Complete (ETCs)

Leading Service Cost financial reviews with key stakeholders including Service Cost Management and Service Managers on a periodic basis

Providing support to key corporate reporting requirements including current year forecast, business planning (IBP), variance analysis and risk & opportunity management

Monitoring actual costs on a monthly basis (through SAP) ensuring they are in line with expectations

Driving robust financial control and implement / perform corrective action where required, such the processing of SAP journals to ensure costs against individual Services are in line with expectations

Assisting business partners in the ongoing management of Purchase Order Commitment

Your skills and qualifications:


Fully qualified Accountant – CIMA, ACCA, ACA

Demonstrable level of business acumen, with focus on improvements

Ability to prioritise; ability to manage workload and flexibility to achieve deadlines

Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and collaborate with different people

Advanced Excel skills and understanding of accounting standards

Evidence of producing accounts and Management information

Experience working with Board packs and balance sheets


Prior experience in a similar role would be preferred

Prior experience in a matrix organisation would be preferred

Prior experience of SAP

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a self-motivating individual with the ability to work within a team, be a methodical thinker, with a natural ability for problem solving and using your initiative. You will be flexible and have a strong attention to detail. You will also be a supporter of appropriate change, be pragmatic with it and able to influence key stakeholders. You will also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to support senior stakeholders of the business.

Location: The Strand

Salary: £37,000+

Contract: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

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.

Shared Services

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 the Shared Services team, you’ll be at the heart of this endeavour – working closely with our air, maritime, land and cyber and intelligence businesses to support our customers around the world.

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

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.