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23 Oct 2020

Full-Time DE&S / SDA Qualified Accountant

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£39,100 – £46,000 per annum (plus benefits)


Job description

As a Qualified Accountant you will fulfil either one of our Finance Accountant or Management Accountant positions, which operate across the business, deployed by the Finance & Accounting (F&A) function. Please note that you will be considered for and may be subsequently offered, either of the listed roles within the F&A function at this level. Additionally, some of our roles are reserved for UK nationals only due to security.

The roles

As a Management Accountant you will deliver consistent and accurate DE&S management accounts, planning and budgeting, and in-year performance reporting. You will provide a range of business objectives through effective resource and stakeholder management.

As a Finance Accountant, you will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy and quality of the financial statements, providing guidance on relevant accounting treatment and ensuring compliance with current regulations, legislation, policies and procedures. You will be charged with delivering a range of business objectives through effective resource and stakeholder management.


  • Interpret and analyse management information in the context of the external environment and the delivery of organisation strategy
    • Advise on the content of management reports to ensure they provide insight into financial performance
    • Scrutinise and challenge monthly forecasts including the identification of efficiencies; identify and investigate drivers of key variances and articulate those accurately
    • Support evaluations of investment and spending options objectively by reviewing business cases and assuring value for money
    • Ensure high quality planning and forecasting outputs across the organisation
    • Review proposed commercial payment and reward mechanisms to ensure F&A implications are identified and understood
    • Interpretation of published company accounts to provide advice on risks related to delivery
    • Influence decision making through effective communication of financial accounting treatment implications to non-finance stakeholders
    • Manage the timely and accurate attribution of expenditure and income against appropriate business groupings. Prepare financial statements and reports in accordance with financial accounting principles and concepts.
    • Engage with stakeholders to ensure proper and effective financial accounting through the reporting mechanisms.
    • Ensure proper maintenance of DE&S chart of accounts
    • Conduct review of general ledger accounts, also ensuring accounting boundaries are maintained and adhered to
    • Implement and ensure suitable evidence is maintained to meet external audit standards
    • Identify potential issues associated with unusual or complex contracting proposals, advise on appropriate accounting treatment and ensure it is implemented to give effect to the accounting treatment
    • Provide tax and financial accounting advice to provide options for decision makers in resolving complex affordability challenges
    • Support evaluations of investment and spending options objectively by reviewing business cases and assuring affordability and accounting treatment seeking guidance from the appropriate defence authority;
    • Manage the external audit process including the preparation and review of audit samples liaising with external auditors and business units to ensure satisfactory sign-off of audit samples; Conduct continuous improvement highlighting and communicating lessons learned.

    What you will be assessed against

    To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

    • Qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA or International equivalent), with full membership (with letters) of the relevant accounting body.

    It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

    • Demonstration of being an experienced leader, who can work on their own initiative and has had exposure to senior stakeholders and ownership
    • Previous management experience and experience working within large, complex organisations, or Government

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

    • Financial Planning, Reporting and Resource Management

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

    • Delivering at pace
    • Making effective decisions

    What’s in it for you?

    You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

    Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

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

    About your team

    Our Finance & Accounting teams ensure that DE&S meets its financial and management responsibilities for recording, communicating and driving financial performance. We are fundamental in ensuring the delivery of capability and capacity to the armed forces – and securing the best value for the taxpayer.


How to Apply

Follow link to apply Please click here to apply Closing date 8th November 2020

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Accountant, Bristol, DE&S, qualified, and SDA. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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