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Finance Business Partner - Management

Date: Mar 22, 2023

Location: Luton, 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 Finance Business Partner – Management will be based at our Luton site supporting all our business lines in this global functions role whilst reporting to the Financial Controller, the incumbent will have the flexibility to work from home for up to 1 day per week dependent on the needs of the business. The Finance Business Partner – Management will lead a finance team of 4 including 2 Finance Business Partners, a Credit Controller and an Accounts Payable Assistant whilst working closely with staff at all levels within the business and providing first line support to the Financial Controller and the wider business. The incumbent 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 ensuring the balance sheet and cash positions for the programmes are carefully managed, controlled, reconciled and communicated in line with expectations. The Finance Business Partner – Management will also drive on site programme performance through the provision of robust financial information and by holding owners accountable for improving it.

Established in 1993, GKN Aerospace in Luton is a world leader in commercial and military ice protection systems and transparencies. Offering a full range of capabilities; design, analysis, testing, certification and manufacture of electro-thermal ice protection, military fast jet canopies and flight deck windows to over 20 programmes including: Boeing 787, Dreamliner, Airbus A320, AgustaWestland, AW101, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed, Martin F-22 Raptor. Our customers include Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Textron, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Leonardo. Our Luton site is home to 400+ employees and onsite facilities including onsite parking, canteen, vending machines and showers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare financial data to ensure Programme P&L and balance sheet positions are correctly reflected 
  • Day to day people management including training, career development, absence management, performance management, PDP’s and recruitment
  • Monitor the day-to-day financial operations within the company and prepare monthly and annual reports 
  • Collate and input data into One Stream 
  • Ensure team adherence to a 3 day month end 
  • Cash flow reporting on a periodic 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 managing financial risks and opportunities including contract performance and variances to business cases 
  • 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 
  • Prepare 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 deployment of Lean including on-site training courses and implementing improvements 

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:


  • ACCA/CIMA/ACA qualification 
  • Extensive experience gained from a finance role including technical accounting
  • Experience of line management
  • Experience of month end reporting 
  • Experience of managing  budgets
  • Experience of financial controls
  • Advanced competency with Microsoft Excel 


  • Experience gained from a manufacturing environment 
  • SAP FI/CO experience 
  • Experience of product costing 

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 Finance Business Partner - Management will be a diligent, collaborative, ambitious and forward thinking professional who works well on their own initiative whilst managing others and thrives in a fast-paced environment whilst building strong relationships, the incumbent will have excellent attention to detail as well as analytical, communication, influencing and organisation skills.

What We'll Offer

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


  • £39,000 to £58,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus 
  • 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