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Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Director - Operations

Date: Mar 8, 2023

Location: Blythe Valley, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

Job Summary

The Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Director – Operations will be based in the UK at one of our principal sites which are Solihull (Blythe Valley), London (Dover Street) or Bristol (GTC), the incumbent will need to be flexible for monthly UK travel and quarterly EU travel for site visits and there is flexibility for 2 days working from home per week dependent on the needs of the business. The FP&A Director – Operations will report to the VP of FP&A whilst assuming responsibility for 1 direct report and for insights on the operational performance of the group.  Working with the finance leads and business leaders across all 3 business lines (Civil, Defence and Engines), the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Director – Operations will ensure the provision of high quality reporting processes and systems supporting the strategic plan, budget, forecast and monthly actuals.  Whist the Business Lines are accountable for their operational performance, this role is instrumental in driving standardisation, monitoring performance against standards and reporting on the group’s operational performance to senior management. The role will partner with the procurement organisation and support the business line operations where performance is sub-par from a finance perspective.

Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the design of GKN Aerospace’s Finance Management Operating System (“MOS”)
  • Ensure the MOS is accurately and efficiently tracking key metrics deemed by management
  • Ensure templates and timetables are standardised
  • Contribute to the standardisation of processes and systems
  • Build expert knowledge of key business metrics such as arrears, cost of poor quality, productivity (costs and absorption), inventory management and capital expenditure
  • Champion cost of poor quality, arrears and escapes from a finance perspective
  • Test and challenge forecasts, budgets and strategic plans providing insights to the leadership team 
  • Understand consolidated inventory performance providing insights on performance, trends and benchmarks
  • Support weekly business line inventory reviews and forecast processes with data, insights and meeting participation
  • Proactively highlight trends in operations, reviewing and monitoring against action plans
  • Participate in Lean Excellence team meetings challenging Lean Excellence financial returns
  • Manage capital expenditure outcome reviews across business lines
  • Work with the BL Capital Manager to ensure alignment and consistency.  Lead the fortnightly meetings
  • Support Procurement and AEC on the Procurement value drivers as global procurement finance lead   
  • Provide finance support on ad hoc Strategic projects

How You'll Contribute

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Qualified accountant - ACA, CIMA, ACCA 
  • Significant Finance experience gained from an industrial FP&A or manufacturing operations finance role
  • Experience of implementing efficient processes and deploying change for improvements
  • Experience of leading finance professionals in the delivery of projects
  • Experience of presenting complex financial information to senior management 
  • Experience of working at a strategic level
  • Strong competency with enterprise performance software (Hyperion/ OneStream) 


  • Experience gained from a global multi-site business 
  • Experience gained from the manufacturing industry

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do. The Financial Planning & Analysis (FPA) Director - Operations will possess strong analytical, communication, stakeholder engagement and influencing skills as well as high attention to detail and the ability to work well in a fast-paced, results-orientated and collaborative teams, the incumbent will be able to work to deadlines prioritising where necessary and be able to simplify complexity.

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • £63,000 to £93,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • £6,300 car allowance per annum
  • £1,411 fuel allowance per annum
  • Opportunity to earn up to 36% bonus 
  • Retirement Benefit Allowance
  • Single Private Medical Cover wiht the option to add family cover
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply