MCA - Aviation Senior Finance Manager

Southampton, South East England
From £46,696 per annum - £53,700 per annum
Aug 05, 2019
Aug 19, 2019
Job Role
Finance Manager
Contract Type
Full Time
Level of qualification
CIMA, Qualified

Are you a pro-active, qualified accountant with a desire to truly make a difference?

Do you pride yourself on taking managed risks to find meaningful solutions?

Would you like the opportunity to make decisions that will ultimately save lives by positively influencing projects such as our current search and rescue helicopter programme?  

If so, this opportunity could be for you!

A unique Senior Finance Manager position has become available within our Aviation team, which sits within our Finance network peer group and supports projects that fall somewhat outside of the ordinary with the opportunity to contribute to saving lives and making our coastlines a safer place.

Actively, our team are working on the Second Generation Search and Rescue Programme contract, which will enable us to maintain and improve the UK’s search and rescue capability into the 2030s. This is a project that sat on the Government Major Projects portfolio when last run, gaining the same type of exposure as huge projects such as ‘Cross Rail’; so provides an unrivalled opportunity to widely showcase your skillset, providing excellent potential for future career development.

If successful, you will be a key facilitator of decisions about Aviation procurements and contracts; offering expert knowledge directly to the Aviation Programme Director here at MCA. You will be focussed on delivering value for money with best interests at heart, being entrusted to make high risk, critical decisions on behalf of the Business. You will role model idealistic behaviours whilst liaising regularly with high profile external financial advisors and leaders across government.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the role will include but not be limited to:

  • negotiation of contractual prices and conditions;
  • drafting and finalisation of the financial case of business cases;
  • appointment and management of financial advisors, where justified;
  • constructive engagement with relevant departmental Centres of Excellence (CoEs).

About you

You must be a Qualified accountant from a member of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) or international equivalent, CIMA or significant relevant financial experience.

To be successful you must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, being confident in building strong dependable relationships with others whilst providing accurate and timely advice to Senior DfT officials and Ministers.

You will have a sound understanding of all things Finance, with the ability to demonstrate leadership abilities. You will be proficient in the use of computer systems such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. You will confidently challenge and work proactively to press for solutions to problems.

When preparing your Personal Statement and CV; please ensure to evidence the following: 

  • Current knowledge of financial management techniques and financial reporting requirements as included in Treasury's Managing Public Money and the Government Financial Reporting Manual (FReM). 
  • Knowledge and understanding of accounting treatment under IFRS 16. 
  • Experience of having worked in a project and commercial environment. 
  • Self-confident in working alongside Directors and Senior Managers. 
  • Computer literate with very good knowledge of Microsoft Excel.


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 22/08/19, interviews/assessments are likely to be held 13/09/19.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

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