Finance Business Analyst

Posting Date: 30 October 2019

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire, GB, PO6 3EN

Company: Babcock

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Business Finance Analyst


Central Functions


About the role

Reporting to the Business Unit Reporting Accountant, this role supports the interpretation of financial data to better understand and drive improvements in performance. Core responsibilities comprise the aggregation and reconciliation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial results across a wide array of business streams into succinct management reports. This role will work closely with the Business Unit reporting team as well as operational and central finance team. 


Main Tasks:


Key outputs/deliverables will be:

  • To support the comprehensive analytical and statistical analysis of financial data. Using either data that is currently available and/or enabling the collection of new data that is required, the job holder is to:
  • Collation and manipulation of available data used to create a  suite of reports that to help management, customers and suppliers make better informed decisions
  • To cleanse data and eliminate margins of error as well as putting in place measures that will permanently lower the margins of error
  • Present meaningful data in the most appropriate format for its intended purpose
  • Documentation of the current process, whilst assisting with the development of new and sound data collation and analysis concepts and developing them into repeatable processes/reports
  • Preparation of reports and presentations on an ad hoc basis.
  • Perform the role in line with the Group’s corporate governance policies, processes and procedures including those relating to Health and Safety and IAMM Level 3

Main Accountabilities:

  • Gathering data that is currently available from the main accounting systems and producing meaningful reports from this data to assist the business decision making process
  • Introducing and embedding data cleansing techniques to increase the accuracy level of data pulled from the various IT Systems and limiting opportunities for inaccurate data going back into the system
  • Documenting and embedding systematic processes and techniques to turn raw data into meaningful data that can then be used for intelligent business making decisions
  • Provide support to the budgeting and forecasting processes and strategic planning process of the Business Unit, including financial data capture/analysis and production of summary presentations
  • Provide support for the provision of information required for specific purposes, such as customer reviews, pricing negotiations, contract reconciliations and cost certificates
  • Provide support for the analysis of differing cost types supporting initiatives and commercial requirements such as production of agreed cost rates e.g. QMAC


Additional Key Accountabilities 

  • Act as finance input into wider Business Unit and divisional projects as required


What do I need to do the role?


Technical Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experienced manipulation of large data sets, Access/SQL desirable
  • Advanced Excel Skills, including pivot tables, logic functions, joining multiple data sets
  • Familiar with reconciliations and accounting concepts with proficiency in accounting/MI systems, SAP & BPC desirable
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Capable user of Microsoft products, including Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Workings towards a recognised professional qualification CIMA or equivalent desirable 


Skills Profile

  • Diligent and focused with high degrees of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a planned and project based approach
  • Excited by challenges, pro-actively problem solving
  • Ability to bring statistical analysis into a culture of continuous improvement and innovation
  • Adopts a customer-centric approach to delivery of service.  
  • A demonstrable team player with an ability to help motivate those working with them.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent time management skills.

    Mental/Analytical Skills & Challenges
  • Ability to identify trends from information available from multiple sources and to listen to the feedback from all stakeholders.
  • Ability to ‘think laterally’ and not purely accept matters at face value
  • Possession of data analysis skills in support of a continuous improvement operating model.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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.
Job Reference: 26374


Closing Date November 24th 2019

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