Project Accountant

Posting Date: 16 February 2021

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Project Accountant
Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth
Starting Salary: £36,525


About the role
We’re looking for a Project Accountant within the Strategic Infrastructure business unit to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world, delivering complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes and applying our core strengths of technology and expertise to sustain critical and complex assets to help maintain national security.

We support the Business Unit Management team in the achievement of strategy and financial objectives, through best practise financial reporting and control. As a Project Accountant you'll provide accurate and timely financial information and advice relating to all areas of responsibility to Business Unit and Project Managers to enable them to exercise effective financial control over the area to maximise value for money, cash flow and profitability.

Using your experience you will produce and analyse accounts in accordance with the issued monthly timetable and maintain the integrity of data that supports the accounts maintaining full audit trails for both internal and external audit purposes.  As well as produce monthly Project Status Packs for management reviews in conjunction with the respective Project Teams. These packs are also to be prepared on a quarterly basis for Senior Management review.

You will raise customer invoices in a timely and accurate manner in accordance with the contract terms and conditions and management information requirements and produce Cost Certificates/statements for MoD in accordance with the contract terms and conditions.


What do I need to do the role?
You will be a fully Qualified ACCA / CIMA or Part Qualified with vast experience of Project Accounting.

We would also like you to have experience in the following areas:

  • Excellent working knowledge of Excel
  • High quality standards and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Sound technical knowledge.
  • Proactive approach to work with flexible attitude towards duties
  • Experience of IFS and / or Business Analytics an advantage


Lastly you will have a strong academic background and will be fully qualified (ACCA, CIMA) with a proven track record working in finance or project accounting positions. Excellent communication skills are essential as is experience of working with non-finance managers and challenging complex financial data.


What else do I need to know?

  • The successful candidate will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.
  • We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


About Babcock International and Devonport
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 will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. 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.


Application Guidance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we’re compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face.
Please follow the link to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants.
Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.
It is unlikely that shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the first instance. Interviews will be held by phone, or you may be asked to complete an online interview. More information will be provided regarding the format by the recruitment team.
All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page.
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.
This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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 visit our website.


Closing date: 2nd March 2021


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