Business Controller Assistant

03 Mar 2018
02 Jun 2018
Clearance Level
None / Undisclosed, SC
Job Type
Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems is a business within the Ultra Electronics Group and has supplied defence electronics systems for over 30 years to the UK Ministry of Defence, to major prime contractors and also directly to international military and commercial customers.

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems has a wide expertise in offering turnkey project, integrated system design and niche product solutions, using in house technology, specialist third party products and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology.

Providing solutions across a range of military, civil and related high integrity systems including C4ISR, data links, weapon interfacing, vetronics, safety critical systems, electro-optical surveillance, tracking and gunfire control, navigation systems and data distribution and networking systems. Ultra Electronics prides itself on developing long term relationships with its customers providing support for equipment throughout its service life and often beyond.

Job Requirements

Job Purpose
This role, reporting to the Business Controller (BC), will principally deputise for the Business Controller and will be responsible for providing project and management accounting information and analysis for CSS in addition to ensuring robust financial reporting both internally to Ultra and to external bodies where required.

Key Responsibilities
  • To manage the company's project accounting responsibilities especially sales and margin recognition, and highlight programme risks and opportunities in conjunction with Programme Managers.
  • To manage the co-ordination and preparation of all management accounting information in relation to Programmes including reports for the cross functional and exception review.
  • To assist in the generation and co-ordination of the monthly forecast for review with the Finance Director and Business Controller.
  • Maintain an effective Cash Flow forecast by monitoring Programme invoicing and ensuring effective Credit Control and Debtor management.
  • Liaising with internal and external customers including HMRC and internal and external auditors, where appropriate.
  • In conjunction with the Engineering and Marketing Directors, perform monthly reviews and forecasts for R&D and Bids & Proposals.
  • Completion of all financial aspects of the annual budget with the support of the Financial Controller and Business Controller.
  • Supporting the Business Controller in the preparation and co-ordination of the strategic plan processes.
  • Preparation of the Year End packs and maintaining Finance Department procedures.
  • Supporting the Bidding process to ensure that the appropriate financial documentation (including HO bid packs and revenue checklists) has been completed correctly and that all appropriate financial risks and opportunities have been highlighted.
  • Preparation and submission of MOD actual & budgeted rates and MOD programme cost certificates.
  • Undertaking specific projects as requested by the Business Controller.
  • Ensure fully trained in IFS and able to run the project and revenue close at month end.
  • Business Analytics trained and able to produce project reporting. Contribution towards cost challenges.
Personal Attributes
  • Newly qualified / Qualified (CIMA or ACCA) with at least 4 years' experience working in a finance role.
  • Computer literacy is essential, especially Excel (vlookup, pivot tables and sumifs)
  • Good communicator who is highly analytical with good attention to detail.
  • Creative and pragmatic in approach and well organised and calm under pressure.
  • Ability to liaise with senior members of the business and externally.
  • Results orientated team player who is flexible in approach when workload necessitates.
  • Able to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities in a busy working environment.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work autonomously and motivate others throughout the business

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