Senior Financial Accountant

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Senior Financial Accountant

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a hardworking, dependable and motivated individual to join our finance team as a Senior Financial Accountant in our site in Glascoed.

Working within the Financial Accounting team you will be responsible for our processes and controls as well as management of a team of assistant accountants. You will be operationally responsible for your team including balancing workload, holidays, and completing regular personal performance reviews with team members. Also ensuring that there is adequate cross-training within the team to deliver an excellent service provision and business continuity.

Improving internal procedures and standardising our processes across multiple accounting systems will be a key part of the role. The role will also be the providing support to other colleagues within the team where required on a variety of tasks, continuous improvement, governance and financial control based activities.

Your main responsibilities will involve:

Being the Subject Matter Expert (SME), process owner and understanding the team strategy working with the Financial Accounting manager to deliver this.

Supervising maintaining and operating financial systems and processes in a constantly changing environment.

Supporting data input on various accounting systems and the monthly financial close process.

Supporting with preparation of monthly journals.

Monthly and yearly reporting in line with company deadlines.

Examining and analysing financial information.

Presenting findings (written and verbal) to senior management

Reviewing journals and reconciliations for accuracy & ensuring the integrity of the Nominal Ledger.

Leading and supporting the team with the ongoing reduction of reconciling item numbers and identifying methods to drive down items arising on a recurrent basis.

Developing good understanding of the various business units including Timetables, Chart of Accounts, Service Level Agreements, Accounting Systems, processes, systems and business.

Developing strong relationships with your finance contacts, through regular customer interaction ensuring a high level of customer service is maintained. Liaising with them and assisting them with any fixed asset or leasing queries.

Leading the team in various compliance and continuous improvement activities. Identifying, implementing and driving value added activities throughout the organisation.

Supporting internal and external audit requests and various other compliance activities.

Providing support and deputising for the Financial Accounting Manager when required.

Providing technical accounting support to the wider team.

Supervision of a team of Assistant Accountants to ensure the smooth running of a team including providing operational direction. Ensure all tasks are completed in line with the process to ensure all Financial Controls are adhered to.

Actively engaging in regular personal development reviews with the team, managing absence, recruitment activities.

Act as a point of escalation for queries or issues resulting from tasks within your team.

Your skills and qualifications:


Fully qualified accounting professional, ACCA/ACA/CIMA or equivalent

Have an understanding of Financial Controls and Data Protection regulations

Strong analytical skills and a vigilant approach to problem solving

IT skills, particularly in the use of Excel

Able to motivate a team, delegate appropriately and communicate clearly


Strong interpersonal and communication skills demonstrating excellent customer service

Strong organisational skills

Good decision making and influencing skills with a flexibility with an appetite for change

Good working knowledge of SAP and Hyperion

Line management experience

Self-motivated, enthusiastic individual who is able to prioritise multiple activities

What we're looking for in you:

We are looking for an ambitious and analytically minded accounting professional who is fully qualified ACCA/ACA/CIMA or equivalent. Experience in a finance team and an understanding of Financial Controls and data protection regulations would be essential.

An individual with excellent leadership skills who is logical and meticulous with attention to detail. This individual should also be a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual who is able to prioritise multiple activities and have the ability to work as part of a busy team environment with experience of delivering to strict deadlines. The Desire and ability to learn and develop new skills and you must be able to embrace change with a ‘can do’ attitude is essential.

Location: Glascoed

Salary: £38 090 Comesurate with experience

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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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.

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We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

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