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Finance Business Partner

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Make a real impact, immediately

We’re looking for someone dynamic, ambitious and eager to make an impact to become our next Finance Business Partner within Mission Systems.

This role will be a mix of remote working and working from one of Babcock’s Collaboration Hubs which are situated throughout the UK.  


The difference our new Finance Business Partner will make

Reporting to the Finance Manager and working alongside another Finance Business Partner and Graduate Finance Business Partner, you will be responsible for providing key financial support to the Finance Manager and Head of Business, as well as working closely with the Operational team to improve processes and provide robust reporting to enable them to make necessary decisions. The role will require supporting the tendering and organic growth agenda of the Mission Systems Secure Communications business as well as contributing to the business forecasting.  You will be responsible for:

•    Building strong, supportive relationships with the cost centre managers and bidding teams, providing monthly reporting information with detailed variance analysis.
•    Inputting towards the monthly Balance Sheet reconciliations and Overhead review packs, reviewing regularly with all key stakeholders, ensuring documentation is delivered on time and to the highest standard.  
•    Completing forecasting requirements on-time and to the highest standard.
•    Constantly reviewing Projects to ensure profit maximisation and trading margins are accurate.
•    Holding monthly reviews with the Operational team to provide details of performance and areas questioning / challenging where necessary.
•    Contributing to cash management, weekly forecasting and senior commentary.
•    Providing key financial support to internal and external audits, ensuring compliance is maintained at all times.
•    Developing and maintaining detailed financial models relating to bids, strategy and new business, ensuring key financial controls are in place and operating effectively in all models and processes.
•    Helping to review, improve and drive processes forward, working closely with the Operational team.
•    Financial support into new project implementations.
•    Working closely with the business leads and ensuring pipelines are updated regularly.
•    Deputising for the Finance Manager / Head of Finance as and when required.

Who we’re looking for

You’re someone who brings big ideas and solves complex problems with simple and elegant solutions. 

You continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo, actively seek out different perspectives and speak up. 

You will have a proactive and resourceful attitude towards achieving team goals, whilst building supportive working relationships across the wider business.



Ideally you will be a qualified Accountant (preferably ACA, ACCA or CIMA) with ability to understand and manipulate data to present clear and concise financial messages for review.

Experience with IFS finance system is desirable. 


Skills and attributes 

•    Proactive planner and project manager
•    Availability and flexibility to achieve any extended and temporary hours in order to hit submission deadlines.
•    Anticipates and encourages change
•    Strong cross-functional networking and collaboration skills
•    Be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office – in particular, Excel modelling skills 
•    Have an organised approach to work with experience of working to tight deadlines.
•    Be a confident and self-motivated team player.
•    Have excellent communication skills.
•    Advanced numeric, analytical and technical skills

Education and qualifications 

In addition to being a qualified Accountant, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is also desirable.


In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:


•    Flexible working 
•    Autonomy to perform the role.
•    The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit.

As well as:

•    Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays; 
•    Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance;
•    Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
•    Employee Share Plan;
•    Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year;
•    Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities;
•    If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.


Where it all fits in:

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation.  As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.


The Commercial team, embedded in bid and project teams are responsible for constructing and negotiating, contracts to provide a customer focussed commercial solution for bids, contract execution and growth that protect the business from excessive risk whilst maximising cash, margin and protecting intellectual property. We value employees that can combine business acumen, contract knowledge and a team, can do approach.  


A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.


Other need to knows:

•    The successful candidate must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role.
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Application Guidance

All applications should be made online. Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account, then you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please click here. Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.
We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here


Babcock International 

For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.  You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.
This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training.  


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