Finance Business Partner


Job summary

Circa £50-55k depending on experience
Aerospace / Avionics, Defence
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

MBDA is a leading defence organisation. We are proud of the role we play in supporting the Armed Forces who protect our nations. We partner with governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.

Salary: Circa £50-55k depending on experience 

What we can offer you:

  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Paid overtime
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Up to 15 additional days flexi leave
  • Our enhanced parental leave offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and gym on site at Stevenage.
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

Dynamic (hybrid) working: We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policy allows individuals flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Typically for this role you will work 2-3 days per week on-site.

The opportunity:

The Finance Business Partner role is a key part of our UK Portfolio team, focused on the provision of high quality financial analysis and information to support Portfolio level decision making.

We are a unique team in our organisation as we sit across all our key programmes in the UK, helping to provide a consolidated overview of programme financial matters to our UK customer. The role is both internal and customer facing and will have regular customer interaction, requiring the development of strong relationships with both internal and customer partners.

You will go beyond just 'producing the numbers' and will be able to articulate and present the key messages from the data to senior stakeholders. You will contribute through developing a deep understanding of our programmes, and the customer's priorities and challenges.

There is an opportunity to inspire change and challenge our processes, and we are particularly keen to hear from people with experience in digitising and modernising finance processes and reporting tools (e.g. powerBI)

What we're looking for from you:

  • Good communication skills and the ability to form good working relationships are essential to work effectively across multi-functional teams and with our customer.
  • Ability to interpret and understand financial information, and to pull out and communicate the ‘key messages' in a concise way to more senior stakeholders
  • Qualified accountant (ACA/ACMA/ACCA)  with relevant post qualified experience
  • Detailed knowledge of long term contract accounting including IFRS15 and Estimate at Completion (EAC) processes
  • Demonstrable experience in production and ownership of management reporting, including consolidating large datasets from multiple sources and project teams
  • Commercially aware and able to interpret contracts for financial analysis
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of Finance systems and tools (e.g. SAP) and MS Excel
  • Experience using powerBI or other similar tools to automate or improve financial reporting processes and outputs
  • Ability to challenge current process and drive continuous improvement in financial process and technologies

Our Business:

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential. MBDA is proud of our employee-led networks, examples include: Gender Equality, Pride, Menopause Matters, Parents and Carers, Armed Forces, Ethnic Diversity, Neurodiversity and more…

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


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