Senior Finance Business Partner

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Senior Accountant - Finance Business Partnering

Would you like a highly varied role engaging with a range of different projects? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Finance Business Partner at our site in Samlesbury.

Here, we are responsible for the delivery of our European & International commitments for Typhoon, Tornado and Hawk, including Production of Aircraft, Aircraft Capability, and delivering Through Life Support. This is an exciting time to join our team. We have recently finalised an order for 24 Typhoon and 9 Hawk aircraft to Qatar, with production currently underway to support first aircraft deliveries.

Reporting to the Finance Manager, you will be responsible for providing Senior Project Accountant support to a key Production & Support contract within the Europe and International portfolio. You will be part of an Integrated Project Team, working alongside Commercial, Project Management, Operations and Procurement; therefore, your ability to work cross-functionally is vital. You will need to exhibit high levels of business acumen to ensure you add value to your Project and BAE Systems as a whole.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to be highly visible to senior stakeholders within the business

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Finance Business Partner will involve:

To support the delivery of all internal and external reporting requirements as required. This includes:

Preparation and challenge of 5 Year Business Plans (Budgets) including assumptions, risks and opportunities and bridging to previous submissions

Preparation and challenge of Monthly Forecasts including assumptions, risks and opportunities and explanation of forecast movements

Supporting the business in producing robust quarterly Contract Status Reports (CSRs) and half yearly Sales and Margin Trading Plans

Engaging cross functionally, and with Cost Account Managers (CAMs) / budget holders, to drive process improvements, with particular focus on accuracy of cash forecasting

Providing inputs to the monthly balance sheet process and commentary, supporting actions where appropriate

Focus on maintaining and improving E&I financial controls through;

Understanding Accounting Standards and their application to the Project you are working on

Ensuring all financial procedures and controls are applied as required; and supporting non finance functions on their application

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 qualifications:


CIMA, ACA or ACCA - Qualified

People management experience

Excellent influencer and creative approach / mind-set

Stakeholder Management Skills with senior board members


Preferably already working as a Project Accountant in manufacturing or service-based industry

Good Presentational Skills

What we're looking for in you:

Good interpersonal & communication skills

Ability to reprioritise to meet key deadlines

Ability to challenge and influence

Proactive and Self-motivated

Advanced Excel

Location: Samlesbury

Salary: 43,268+

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.

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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 our Air team, you could be working at the edge of what is technologically possible, shaping the future to ensure our customers are ready to face challenges we cannot even imagine today. You could be developing and evolving the technologies that will defend the UK for generations to come and supporting our customers around the globe.

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.

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