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Financial Controller

Date: Aug 1, 2019

Location: Luton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

GKN Aerospace is a globally renowned engineering company, and part of the GKN Group of companies which are wholly owned by Melroseplc.

GKN Aerospace - Luton sits within the Specialist Technologies division of the GKN Aerospace group of companies 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 prides itself on a culture of openness and transparency, leading with courage and supporting one another as we deliver strong performance for today whilst planning for sustainment and growth for the future.

We value the talent of our teams above all else and provide development, coaching, guidance and mentoring to attract and retain the best individuals.

The Role:

Reporting to the General Manager - Luton and functionally to the VP of Finance for Special Products Group, this role is responsible for providing guidance and support to the finance function and to the Luton site leadership team, particularly:

  • Business partnering
  • Ensuring strong corporate governance
  • Ensuring development of the finance team
  • Ensuring management team has a strong understanding of their impact on critical financial performance measures
  • Supporting the overall objectives of Finance and IT within GKN Aerospace.
Job Responsibilities
  • Work closely with the GM to deliver budget and strategy.
  • To provide insight into site financial performance and support the GM in communications to Specialist Technologies Division leadership team and as appropriate to the Aerospace Division on financial performance and forecasts.
  • Participate in 'gatereviews’ and provide financial support to the winning of new business.
  • Manage capital appropriations to ensure that capital expenditures are budgeted, properly authorized, spend is controlled and to confirm value delivered from projects.
  • Work closely with the Luton Leadership Team to implement financial aspects of the GOLD operating system and Programme Management. In particular to take responsibility for ensuring Programme Budgets do not over-run without approval.
  • Ensure that financial systems, controls, delegated authorities and reporting throughout the Luton site comply with all national rules and regulations and comply with GKN policies and procedures.
  • In conjunction with GKN tax, ensure full compliance with all tax and duty regimes.
  • To own the site Enterprise Risk Management Process and to co-ordinate action on the management team to mitigate enterprise risks.
  • To support compliance with regulations particularly relevant in a defence related business including but not limited to export control, ITAR, DFARS and Anti Bribery and Corruption legislation.
  • Ensure that the IT and finance departments have the appropriate calibre of staff and that development plans are in place to ensure peoples’ potential is maximized. To ensure recruitment and promotion take account of GKN’s diversity policies.
  • To provide leadership and support to the IT function within the business, in conjunction with Group IT and to ensure the business has in place necessary information systems and capabilities to operate securely, effectively and efficiently.
  • Any other reasonable duties.
  • Experience/Skills:

  • Educated to Degree Level or equivalent experience
  • Ideally with a professional finance qualification
  • Financial leadership experience in a manufacturing environment and SAP experience would be beneficial
  • Experience in a programme orientated environment preferred
  • Proven ability to influence to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers
  • Proven ability to effectively handle complex situations and to perform effective analyses in order to derive appropriate solutions
  • Evidence of an ability to instil sound financial management practices, and experience of introducing first class management reporting and control

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