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Finance Business Partner

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Every day, around the world, we help aircraft 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 38 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.


The Opportunity

At our Filton site, we specialise in the design and manufacture of large complex structural wing assemblies, detailed metallic components and wing systems for a combination of both civil and military aircraft. We have the opportunity for a Part-Qualified Accountant to join us as a Finance Business Partner.  You will join our dedicated finance team in supporting business units including Operations, Planning & Logistics, Manufacturing Engineering, our Estates service and our Environmental and Safety team. You will report to our on-site Operations Finance Manager and will provide financial and decision making support as we continue to grow our business.

Help us to be the best at what we do.  

How You'll Contribute

In this role, you will:

  • Carry out month-end accounting and reporting of business area financial performance, providing understanding regarding variances and advice about corrective actions that could drive improvements.
  • Support the capital submissions – DCF modelling, challenge of assumptions and supporting presentation to senior management. Ongoing monitoring of project spend thereafter.
  • Provide CapEx training to the Support Functions business areas.
  • Work with Heads of Business to produce robust monthly forecasts and annual budgets.
  • Provide finance support in respect of the Site Services Agreement with Airbus, ensuring understanding of contractual terms and that GKN achieves best value for money during annual budget discussions.
  • Ensure robust financial processes and controls are in place and aligned with the FRCA.
  • Liaise with Heads of Support Functions, supporting them with any ad hoc requests.
  • Develop financial knowledge of non-financial managers within the business as appropriate.
  • Ensure adequate financial controls are in place and maintained, acting as the conscience of the business ensuring that general controls and processes are adhered to in business areas in line with FRCA.

What You'll Bring

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

  • Must be working towards a Professional accountancy qualification, CIMA, ACA or ACCA 
  • Experience of business partnering.
  • Excellent standard of computer literacy, particularly in using spread sheets.


  • Previous experience of working in a fast-paced, PLC manufacturing environment.
  • Previous working experience of SAP.
  • Experience of working to strict deadlines in a demanding and pressured environment.

What We'll Provide

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

  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Full financial and study support to complete your finance qualification
  • Flexible working hours including the ability to finish at 12noon on a Friday
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days' holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Free on-site parking, canteen, shop, bike sheds and a Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment with significant career development opportunities

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! 
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.

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