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Financial Controller

Date: Mar 9, 2023

Location: Portsmouth, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace


“Join us and help make things fly every day!”


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 38 manufacturing sites in 12 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.  Sitting within our Defence Airframes business line at our Portsmouth manufacturing plant you’ll do just that. 
Established in 1990, Portsmouth is one of our newer locations with a workforce of circa 200 employees. The site is a leading technology provider for the aerospace, marine and military markets supplying an extensive range of specialist fuel tanks and flotation systems, as well as engineering expertise and support for fixed and rotary wing aircrafts, land vehicles, missiles, UAVs, torpedoes and marine vessels.  Our customer base includes Airbus, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, General Automics, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, Saab, MOD.

Job Summary

The site Financial Controller is the key manager for all site level financial matters and a strong business partner to the Site Director and site leadership team reporting to the VP Finance Operations - Defence. This role is responsible for providing a high level of operational guidance and support to the finance function at Portsmouth and US reporting unit leadership team. The role has primary day-to-day responsibility for the integrity of all financial data on site especially towards measures to support better operational performance and decision making, including all management of all costs, providing financial insights that drive decisions, and delivering on business plans. This encompasses robust transactional processing, local management judgement, governance, compliance and reporting as well as the ownership of systems enabling the planning,  control and reporting of financial results for both management and statutory purposes including overall P&L, balance sheet and cash accountability for the site and the allocation of these to the relevant business line, global function or operation. They are also the key partner for financial legal entity matters and supporting the overall business and strategic objectives of GKN Aerospace. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Business Partner with the Site Director to deliver agreed financial commitments, performance improvements and develop future strategy. 
  • Provide analysis and insights of impact from developments in operations on budget, forecast and actuals.
  • Support continuous improvement on working capital and on the various elements to maximise cash conversion.
  • Identification and implementation of Operational and Commercial performance improvement projects.
  • Supports analysis of site profitability performance and Operational variances.
  • Participate in commercial evaluations and provide financial support to the winning of new business.
  • Develop and maintain a system of costing and reporting required to support GKN Costing policies.
  • Manage and support evaluation of appropriate capital expenditures and spend is monitored to confirm value delivered from projects.
  • Ensure that financial systems, controls, delegated authorities and reporting throughout the Portsmouth site comply with defined GKN policies and procedures.
  • Maintain full compliance with all tax and duty regimes.
  • To support and manage as required the site Enterprise Risk Management Process and to co-ordinate action on the Site leadership 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 Finance departments have the appropriate staff development plans to ensure staff potential is maximized.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

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:



  • Recognised accounting qualification: ACA, CIMA, ACCA
  • Demonstrable experience of Financial Leadership experience in an engineering or manufacturing environment
  • Strong IT literacy
  • Working knowledge of ERP systems
  • Evidence of an ability to instil sound financial management practices 
  • Experience of introducing first class management reporting and control processes


  • Experience of SAP, financial reporting and consolidation systems 
  • Experience in a programme orientated environment with knowledge of Aerospace and Defence


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 Controller will have an ability to influence, establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers and a proven ability to effectively handle complex situations and to perform effective financial analysis in order to derive appropriate solutions. 

What We'll Offer

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

  • Competitive Salary 
  • £5,500 car allowance per annum
  • Opportunity to earn up to 22.5% bonus
  • 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 


Please note the working hours for this role are 7.30am till 4.15pm Monday to Friday with every second Friday a non-working day ‘Free Friday’.


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.


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