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12 Nov 2020

Full-Time SDA Cost Control – Finance

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

Job Description


£28,900 – £34,000, per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

We have two exciting opportunities for Cost Control Finance specialists to join the SDA team at Devonport in support of these vital Ministry of Defence projects. Working for Superintendent Submarines in an in-service support environment, successful candidates will take lead roles to provide robust management of cost information. These are challenging roles that can offer a wide variety of activities and responsibilities.

Superintendent Submarines is responsible for managing the delivery of all submarine maintenance activities at Devonport Naval Base, including the deep maintenance programme. As a Cost Control Finance practitioner, you will be responsible for recording, analysing and reporting project costs; ensuring all financial and performance reporting requirements are met. Working closely with suppliers and stakeholders to integrate relevant cost and performance information, you will ensure that data is interpreted, challenged and communicated within financial systems and to key stakeholders.

Dedicated to personal and business improvement, you will possess excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills; with experience of working collaboratively across functions and industry. These roles would suit project cost management/finance professionals with a proven track record either in supplier, consultant or client-side roles.


If successful your responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to the following –
• Produce accurate and timely forecasts ensuring any variance and financial risk commentary is accurate and insightful
• Provide financial input, challenge and information at the monthly reviews to empower stakeholder decision making
• Enter and reconcile cost information into project financial systems, ensuring a clear audit trail
• Consistently monitor project cost spend against approvals
• Produce monthly accruals and support the payment of claims
• Actively support the Cost Control Finance lead with any audit and compliance requests
• Support Estimators to develop cost models and assist in the production of Investment Appraisals and Business Cases
• Assist with the production of Earned Value Management (EVM) analysis to demonstrate project performance and analyse variances to plan, determine impact on the schedule and cost to complete the scope of work
• Provide support and training to staff at L1 level to deliver the needs of the Cost Control team
• Communicate key project financial performance data to key members of the project, programme and SDA leadership
• Build effective working relationships with the SDA and industry stakeholders

Due to the security requirements of these two posts, they are open for applications from Sole UK Nationals only.

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Previous cost/financial experience and an understanding of budgeting and forecasting, variance analysis and capturing project costs
• Intermediate working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, including V-lookups and pivot tables
• Strong Stakeholder engagement skills, internally and externally

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Holding or be working towards a suitable technical/professional qualification such as, AAT, CIMA or similar

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Financial Planning, Reporting and Resource Allocation
• Cost Management

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Communicating and influencing
• Delivering at pace

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
The Project Controls Function is responsible for providing the right information, at the right time, to support better-informed decisions. Driving accountability, responsibility and efficiency across SDA, our Project Controls teams are involved in all phases of every project helping to predict and oversee the time and cost management of these projects. From Estimating, Risk Management and Cost Control, to Planning and Scheduling and Project Controls Management, our people are crucial to the successful delivery of our work.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #Control, #finance, Cost, Defence, Plymouth, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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