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22 Feb 2021

Full-Time SDA Cost Control Finance

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Helensburgh, Scotland, 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

Do you have a keen eye for detail and a good understanding of project finance? Are you looking for a role with developmental opportunities? If so we are recruiting for a number of Cost Control Finance positions based at Clyde.

Your main role is to record, analyse and report project costs and undertake related cost control activities, ensuring all financial and performance reporting requirements are met. You will also be required to provide assurance that projects comply with SDA and Departmental policy in respect of all cost activities, providing support to, and working under the guidance of the Cost Control Finance Lead and the wider team.

Please note due to the security reasons, the role is only open to SOLE UK Nationals.


The roles and responsibilities will include:

• Produce accurate and timely forecasts ensuring any variance and financial risk commentary is accurate and insightful
• Provide Financial input, challenge and information at a monthly review meeting to empower stakeholder decision making
• Enter and reconcile cost information into various project financial systems from business case approvals, options and change requests; ensuring a clear audit trail. Consistently monitor project cost spend against these approvals
• To challenge and interpretate supply chains cost data to support accruals and project forecasting.
• Produce accurate supporting data and inputs for the Annual Budget Cycleprocess, consolidating project data to produce a forecast for the benefit of the whole delivery team.
• Produce accrual and general journals and option proposals to ensure robust supporting evidence is included. 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
• Liaise with the internal Finance and Accounting team to ensure the correct financial treatment
• Provide support, training and leadership to staff at the lower level to deliver the needs of the Cost Control Team
• To communicate key project financial performance data to key member of the project, programme and SDA leadership.

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Intermediate working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or similar software (including the use of V-lookups and pivot tables)
• Demonstrate previous cost/financial experience
• Understanding of budgeting and forecasting, variance analysis and capturing project costs

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

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Cost management
• Financial planning, reporting and resource allocation

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

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, Scotland, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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