Finance Officer - Operations


Job summary

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: Up to £38,000 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
  • We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role

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:

MBDA are recruiting for a Finance Officer to play a central role within its Operations Finance team. This is a hybrid role, working across two core elements of MBDA Finance – Functional Cost Control within and Programmes Finance Management for the Centres of Excellence. Functional Finance will involve working closely with the finance team support Supply Chain (ISP), Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering functions; co-ordinating financial planning and performance management to enable functional excellence. Centres of Excellence Finance is an integral part of the Programmes Team, you will be supporting Finance and Project Management with effective, timely and accurate financial information whilst maintaining relationships wider project teams.

This role is ideal for an applicant seeking qualification or an already part-qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) with experience in a large multi-national corporate environment.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Support to the immediate Finance team in day-to-day activities.
  • Performing MBDA UK month-end cost base closing routines in SAP, account management, calculating and processing accruals / prepayments / Cost Transfers.
  • Providing cost control and support to our business partners within the functions.
  • Preparation of monthly Function Finance Reporting packs including summarising quantitative and qualitative data concerning Headcount, Payroll, Non-Payroll, Hours and Capital projects.
  • Supporting the business planning processes for budgets and long term plans. Which include consolidation/verification of financial data, loading information into SAP and preparation of reports for senior managers.
  • Support to deliver and control KPI's for Centres of Excellence contracts. Report actual and forecast achievement against its financial targets, including risks and opportunities.
  • Support to financial management of long-term contracts including: bi-annual Estimate at Completion preparation, revenue & margin trading, intercompany trading, cash and FX management.
  • Supporting business improvement initiatives, being involved in defining business process and testing new financial systems.

What we're looking for from you:

  • Experience of financial period closures
  • Intermediate level excel user comfortable with manipulating data
  • Driven individual comfortable working alone and as part of a team
  • Ability to build productive working relationships with both finance and non-finance colleagues, whilst maintaining independence and integrity.
  • Experience in using and understanding Enterprise Finance systems. SAP, BPC, SAC etc would be highly beneficial.

What's in it for you?

This role offers the opportunity to be part of a multifaceted finance team within a large multi-national business, gaining experience in two core competencies of Finance at MBDA.

We offer on the job training, including potential support for new language development.

The Operations Finance team is a small team with a large reach into the wider MBDA community. Working across multiple financial disciplines, we act as business partners and build strong relationships to help the business achieve its objectives. The team is always looking to work together and learn from each other's experiences, and remain committed to providing high quality and professional financial control to the wider business.

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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