Finance Director

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  • Location

    Templecombe, Somerset

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Electronics Engineering

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £390.00 - £515.00 per day

  • Contact:

    Catherine Robinson

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

  • Duration:

    5 Months

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Title: Finance Director - UWS
Location: Templecombe (with travel)
Duration: 5 months
Hours: Full time
Day Rate: £515 LTD

Our client currently has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and driven Finance Director within Defence Mission Systems (DMS), specifically their Under Water Systems (UWS) Domain; a team dedicated to working on some of the next generation, cutting edge sonar technologies. The role is based primarily in Templecombe but with requirement for travel between UK sites (Templecombe, Cheadle, Crawley) and occasional travel to France.

This role is a vital part of the UWS Domain leadership and Management team and will involve the following key responsibilities:

*Lead and manage the Finance function to be a strong business partner to the UWS UK Domain and its management in order to deliver current turnover circa £220m with anticipated growth to >£300m.
*Become a valued member of the UWS UK CODIR; provide advice, views and challenge on financial aspect of the business and its financial performance; provide financial resources to UWS UK including strong financial control and process implementation.
*Play a key role in the future business growth by providing active support and contribution to strategic decision making within the Domain
*Strong financial management of complex projects through correct application of project accounting rules and Thales policies and financial control.
*Support and lead Business Improvement Initiatives to create greater efficiencies within the UWS UK Domain.
*Strong communication within UWS, DMS, UWS BL and Thales UK with regards to business financial results, progress on bids and projects and other topics as they arise.
*Provide development opportunities to the UWS UK Finance team members and support their development aspirations; including encouragement and enablement to work across Domain boundaries within DMS UK; support common practices of working across DMS UK. Maintain good levels of Employee Engagement through UWS UK.

About you

The successful candidate will be ACA, CIMA or ACCA qualified with extensive post qualification experience as a Finance Director and strong technical skills in project accounting and MoD accounting.

You will be a driven individual demonstrating pro-activeness and initiative and approaching the role with financial knowledge but also with a wider interest in all business aspects and will demonstrate business and commercial acumen.

The right candidate will also demonstrate strong Leadership & Interpersonal skills; high professional integrity and the ability to challenge the status quo and to maintain an independent perspective whilst staying part of the overall team.

Experience within a senior business role as a Commercial Finance Business Partner in a complex and matrix organization is essential.

Morson International are acting as an employment business in relation to this vacancy

Key words: CIMA; ACCA; FCCA; ACMA; GCMA; ACA; project accountant; management accountant; reporting accountant; finance director; finance manager; finance controller; FPA; forecasting; audits; MOD; Ministry of Defence;