Cost Controller Finance


£30,000 – £46,000 pa. (plus benefits)

RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire

5th May 2019

The opportunity

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised, arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years. From the procurement of fighter jets and aircraft carriers to the provision of food and clothes, we ensure the armed forces have the equipment and support they need to carry out their operations at home and abroad. We employ over 11,000 talented Civil Servants and military personnel (supported by contractors from the private sector) across more than 150 locations around the world.

Project Controls is a key function within DE&S and plays a vital role in ensuring the success of projects by providing Estimating, Cost Control, Planning and Scheduling and Risk Management. What makes us unique is that we are involved in all phases of a project from the proposal through to completion, ensuring work is delivered on time and within budget.

As a member of the Project Controls Function, you will use your knowledge and experience to support successful project delivery for Army, Navy, and RAF customers, by ensuring that project costs are rigorously controlled and relevant financial and performance reporting requirements are met. As a Cost Control Finance Professional you will be responsible for the consistency and accuracy of management cost information and financial performance reporting in a procurement and/or in-service support environment.

Day-to-day duties include:
• Financial and Funding Forecasts
• Performance Reporting and Audit Support
• Variance Analysis and Reporting
• Risk Management and Investment Decisions

We are looking for strong business acumen with the ability to challenge, negotiate and influence at all levels.

In person, you will be a diligent and committed team-player with a meticulous and accurate way of working. The ability to collaborate with others and assist stakeholders will enable you to build key relationships within both your local delivery team and the wider Project Controls and Finance & Accounting functions within DE&S. An attitude dedicated to personal improvement will underpin your success and enable you to develop and progress further in the business.

You will have experience in producing regular forecasts (covering the current and future years) ensuring that financial systems show the correct financial position, and producing/maintaining accurate and timely accruals based forecasts and investigating/explaining variances from budget. An attitude dedicated to personal and business improvement will help you succeed in this role. You will be capable of developing others, and ideally have experience of managing staff.

You will possess demonstrable significant cost/financial experience and hold good working knowledge of budgeting and forecasting, variance analysis and capturing project costs. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel to include V-look ups and pivot tables is essential. A CCAB / AAT or equivalent qualification is desirable for these roles.

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Please note that you may be considered for similar positions at the level below the advertised role.

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