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Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Job Title:                     Accountant

Location:                     Plymouth or Bristol, UK – flexible and hybrid working

Compensation:             £34,000 - £38,000 + benefits

Role Type:                    Full time / Permanent
Role ID:                            SF 45483

Make your skills count

At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as an Accountant at our Plymouth or Bristol site


As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers’ defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility


Babcock International and Devonport

The Accountant role is based within our Devonport Royal Dockyard business area.


Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.


Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.


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.



The role

The difference our new
Accountant will make

As an Accountant, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. As part of our Submarine Support team, you will be assisting the Engineering and Technical Support teams with strong financial controls and commercial delivery. Moreover, this is an operationally focused role where you will be interacting with team leads allowing for a further understanding into what goes into Submarine Manufacturing from a finance perspective.  


Day to day, you will be responsible for the production of centre reports and contract schedules. This will involve monitoring actual data vs target and price, amongst reporting variances allowing for managers to take appropriate action. In this role, you will also be conducting monthly reviews with centre managers to ensure accurate, up to date, year-end forecasts are declared.

Other responsibilities include completion of monthly accounts, particularly accruals, prepayment calculations and journal posting to ensure accurate cost reporting. Lastly, you will need to liaise with centre managers to produce annual budgets.  



At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you’ll continually develop your knowledge and expertise.


We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role provides a hybrid working arrangement of x2 days a week on-site at either the Plymouth or Bristol site, with the remaining to be completed from home. Moreover, we have flexible working arrangements in place.


Essential Experience:

  • AAT or working towards CIMA, ACCA or ACA
  • Excel competent
  • Experience with year-end forecasting
  • Great interpersonal skills


What we offer

Generous benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme – save tax and national insurance on shares, with 1 free share per 10 purchased
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Employment development allowance - £125 per year
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reward and Recognition Scheme linked to Health and Safety
  • Working from home and flexible work patterns
  • Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing
  • Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts and our Share Ownership Scheme
  • Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to be at your best


Babcock International

For over 130 years, we have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.

Armed Forces Covenant
We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.


Application Guidance

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive.  We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.






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