DE&S / SDA Cost Controller - Finance

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 5 May 2019

Reference number

1629499

Salary

£19,000 - £35,000pa (plus benefits)

Grade

Other
Senior Administrator/Specialist

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Defence Equipment & Support - Defence Equipment & Support / Submarine Delivery Agency Project Controls

Type of role

Finance
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Hours

37 hours per week

Number of posts

15

Location

MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol, BS34 8JH

About the job

Job description

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised part of the Ministry of Defence. From the procurement of clothes to carriers, food to fighter jets, we ensure our UK military customers – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force – have the equipment and support they need to carry out their duties effectively. We employ over 12,000 talented civil servants, military personnel and private contractors across more than 150 locations around the world operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years.

The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), was formed in April 2017 and assumed status as an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence in April 2018 and will employ 1,200 highly qualified professionals. As a standalone entity within the MOD, the SDA has been created as a high-performing organisation, bringing together existing expertise with heightened managerial, commercial and procurement capability to ensure the excellence and cost-efficient delivery of the UK’s nuclear submarine assets for decades to come.

Vacancies are currently available across both organisations. If successful, you may be assigned to either DE&S or SDA depending your on skillsets and our business needs.

Project Controls is a key function within DE&S and plays a vital role in ensuring the success of projects by providing Estimating, Cost Control, Planning and Scheduling and Risk Management. What makes us unique is that we are involved in all phases of a project from the proposal through to completion, ensuring work is delivered on time and within budget.

Exciting opportunities exist for finance orientated people to join DE&S / SDA in a Cost Control Finance role. You will be involved in assuring the consistency and accuracy of management cost information alongside planning and budgeting, and in-year performance reporting. You will conduct timely identification, investigation and articulation of variances against budget and will support the planning and forecasting process on an ongoing basis. You will also support the production of robust costings in order to feed into investment decisions.

We are looking for individuals who can ensure that financial systems show the correct financial position alongside producing / maintaining accurate and timely accruals based forecasts and investigating / explaining variances from budget. Ideal candidates will also possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, making them able to accurately convey important information to financial and non-financial colleagues alike.

In person you will be a diligent and committed team-player with a meticulous and accurate way of working. The ability to collaborate with others and assist stakeholders will enable you to build key relationships within your local delivery team. An attitude dedicated to personal improvement will underpin your success and enable you to develop your business acumen as you progress further within the business.

You will possess demonstrable cost/financial experience and have an understanding of budgeting and forecasting, variance analysis and capturing project costs. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel to include V-look ups and pivot tables is essential. It is desirable that the individual holds or is working towards a suitable technical/professional qualification such as AAT, CIMA or similar.

Please note some of our posts are reserved for UK Nationals only

TO APPLY EMAIL YOUR CV TO beth.wilkinson@gattacaplc.com quoting the advert reference number

Please note that you may be considered for similar positions at the level below the advertised role.

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

We’ve created an environment where you can look forward to coming to work and are empowered to be at your best. We offer flexibility in how you work that helps you do your job in a way that suits you, alongside opportunities to help you grow and progress throughout your career – and a choice of benefits to suit your lifestyle. Abbey Wood site has a range of restaurants, coffee bistros and an on-site gym and nursery – it's easily accessible with lots of transport links close by.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking 'The Little Book of Big Benefits' booklet PDF at bottom of this page.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Further to the Nationality Statement above, certain posts may have security limitations which could affect those who have restrictions placed upon their United Kingdom Security Vetting Clearance.

To apply, simply send your CV which demonstrates:

• Key achievements
• Career history
• Applied skills, knowledge and experience
• Qualifications

EMAIL YOUR CV TO beth.wilkinson@gattacaplc.com quoting the advert reference number

Please find attached a short form to include with your submission if you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

Gattaca are the recruitment partner for DE&S and the SDA. Matchtech are a subsidiary of Gattaca.
By sending your CV to Gattaca you agree that Gattaca / Matchtech can use your details for the purposes of recruitment at DE&S and SDA only.

Next steps: We’ll review your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us and discuss your CV & career history and to ensure you demonstrate 'The DE&S Way' Behaviours (see link at bottom of advert).
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Beth Wilkinson - DE&S Recruitment Delivery Consultant would welcome the opportunity to discuss the post with you at any point during the application process.

Please email beth.wilkinson@gattacaplc.com for further information.

Sift/interview dates and location

If you are invited for interview this will be CV based.

Interviews will take place at MOD Abbey Wood South, Bristol, BS34 8JH from the middle of May 2019.

Further information

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Please note that the advertised salary is payable for full time advertised hours, if you wish to work less than the advertised hours it will be on a pro rata basis.

For internal candidates (DE&S and SDA only), if you are successful for a role at your current level, then your basic salary will not change. If you are currently at a level lower than the role advertised and found successful then your salary will increase to the higher of 85% of the top of the advertised range or a 10% increase in your current base pay.

We don’t offer visa sponsorships for roles under the UK Government’s Right to Work scheme. Applications from Nationals from outside of the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA - https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea) who attend an interview are required to provide original documents proof of their existing entitlement to work in the UK in their own right (i.e. not sponsored by their current employer).  Examples of documents can be found on the Right to Work (linked below).

All employees joining DE&S or SDA who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6 month probation period effective from the employment start date.

If you are successful at interview but not the appointed candidate, you will be placed on the reserve list for 12 months from date of interview. Please note that reserve lists may be split within a campaign by location required, Domain or niche position requirements. If you are offered a position from a reserve list, the terms and conditions that apply at point of offer will be applicable.

The following is only applicable to existing MOD, DE&S and SDA employees:
Some of the MOD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3rd February 2014. The TACOS changes will apply to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who are new recruits to the MOD or who are appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. Please consult the attached document ‘TACOS 2014 Guidance’ for more information.

In the unlikely event you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint you should in the first instance, contact the DE&S Recruitment Office on DESHR-WSC-PMOCOMPLAINTS@mod.gov.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the department you can contact the Civil Service Commission
https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment-complaints/

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