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Operations Accountant / Finance Supervisor

Date: Sep 4, 2021

Location: Luton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

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.

Job Summary

GKN Luton sits within the Aerospace Group and is a world leader in the production of transparencies and ice protection systems for both civil and military markets. Our customer’s trust GKN to deliver the critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their  ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full coaching, guidance and mentoring. The job holder will lead the finance team consisting of a team of 4 – Deputy Operations Accountant, Trainee Accountant, Credit Controller and Accounts Payable assistant. The job holder will work closely with staff at all levels within the business and provide first line support to the Financial Controller and general support to the business.
The job holder will perform programme financial accounting, transaction processing and provide analysis, insight and control to the Global Business Line finance functions across actuals, forecast and budget. They will ensure that the balance sheet and cash positions for the  programmes are carefully managed, controlled, reconciled and communicated in line with expectations. They will also drive on site programme performance through the provision of robust financial information and by holding owners accountable for improving it.

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare financial data to ensure Programme P&L and balance sheet positions are correctly reflected.
  • Day to day people management including activities such as training and career development absence 
  • management, performance management, PDP’s, recruitment etc.
  • Monitor the day-to-day financial operations within the company and prepare monthly and annual reports
  • Collating and inputting data into One Stream
  • Ensure team adherence to a 3 day month end and
  • Cash flow reporting on a weekly basis including forecasts and commentary on variances
  • Support Programme Management with monthly results
  • Prepare and post monthly accruals, prepayments and approve team journals
  • Support balance sheet reviews
  • Support/facilitate in managing financial risks and opportunities, in particular contract performance, and variances 
  • to business case.
  • Perform annual cost roll up and year end processes in SAP.
  • Ensure that balance sheet positions are reconciled, understood, and aged or judgmental items are actioned.
  • Preparation of annual budgets & quarterly forecasts
  • Annual Tax pack analysis for Group
  • Support internal and external financial audits
  • Continually identify risks to delivery, propose solutions and effectively manage stakeholder expectations.
  • Drive the continuous improvement of end-to-end accounting practices.
  • Support GKN’s focus on deployment of Lean including on-site training courses and implementing improvements.
  • Any other reasonable duties 
  • The job holder will be employed on a full-time basis working 37 hours per week and be willing to do extra hours as 
  • necessary. 

Job Qualifications



  • The job holder should have a high level of education & be CIMA/ACCA qualified.
  • Extensive experience of SAP FI/CO modules desirable.
  • Advanced level Excel is required along with the ability to learn quickly and work on your own initiative.
  • Ability to delegate and manage the work of others
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced and collaborative team that is responsive and results-oriented.
  • A good understanding of budgets, controls and reporting;Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Forward-thinking and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrates emotional intelligence and an ability to 
  • communicate clearly, collaboratively and persuasively.
  • Strong technical accounting knowledge
  • Ad-hoc demands require the ability to react quickly and re-organise work load on a continuous basis

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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