Finance Manager - Operations

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  • Location

    Newport, Wales

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    Up to £255.00 per day

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    Catherine Robinson

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Duration:

    9 Months

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Job Title: Finance Manager
Duration: 9 months
Hours: 37 per week
Site: Glascoed or Washington, Tyne & Wear
Pay rate: £255 PAYE Per day - inside IR35

We are currently looking for an experienced operational Finance Manager to work for our client BAE Systems. This role can be based either in South Wales or Washington, Tyne & Wear with regular travel between the two sites.

The role sits within the Heavy Munitions finance team and reports to the Heavy Munitions Financial Controller. There are 13 members of the Heavy Munitions finance team across the Washington and Glascoed sites.

The Heavy Munitions IDT manufactures product across 2 sites, and makes up over 35% of Land UK's revenue. The target of the IDT is to maximise profitability from existing products and contribute to the overall businesses growth plans through investment and maximising the use of facilities and capabilities. This role focusses strongly on the cost base of the two operational sites and will involve regular travel to the operational site at Washington. The successful candidate will lead a team of four people, two on each operational site.


-Monitor the financial performance of the cost base within the IDT ensuring business cost reduction targets are achieved.
-Provide liaison with the project accountants to support Monthly Finance Reviews and Monthly Business Reviews
-Support process improvement activity around material management and bookings in the ERP system to support product profitability analysis
-Provide support, challenge and guidance to wider functions within the operations element of the IDT
-Review and challenge key 5-year Integrated Business Plan (IBP) assumptions to meet Board expectations
-Provide financial input to and ensure detailed evaluation of investment proposals
-Provide decision support to efficiency improvements and workload planning
-Support and oversee the inventory control process ensuring accuracy and integrity is maintained
-Support and oversee the fixed asset management process within the IDT undertaking asset verification as necessary at the two operational sites.
-Support reviews and challenge risk and opportunities register to support the expected out-turn of the cost base for the year.
-Ensure sound Financial controls are embedded within the business

The role can be based at either Glascoed or Washington. The expectation is that every other week you will spend 3-4 days at the other site. Reasonable expenses will be paid for travel between sites including overnight stays.

Skills and Experience

-Qualified Accountant with experience across Financial and Management Accounting (CIMA, ACCA, ACA) or QBE
-People Management experience is essential
-Strong communication and influencing skills across functions and various seniority levels is essential
-Skilled in use of investment appraisal techniques
-Strong commercial acumen is essential
-Experience in a manufacturing environment is desirable
-Proven record of implementing and maintaining robust financial controls

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

CIMA; ACCA; FCCA; ACMA; GCMA; ACA; AAT; project accountant; management accountant; reporting accountant; finance manager; finance controller; FPA; forecasting; audits;