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Assistant Finance Manager

National Physical Laboratory
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24 Apr 2021

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About the Role

Whether you're talking about length, mass, time, temperature, electric current, amount or the brightness of light, the National Physical Laboratory sets the standards by which these things are all measured. Our range of products and services need to be commercially viable. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

As an Assistant Finance Manager, you'll work and support a number of scientific group s to produce the kind of reports that will keep them on track. Reporting to the Finance Business Partner, supporting three departments you'll work closely with Group Leader s and Project Managers to produce invaluable financial performance information, such as monthly group management accounts.

Working in a team of five, within the wider Management Accounting Team of fifteen, you're used to working in a busy finance department to provide accounting support. If you've got formal finance qualifications, great. Yet as important is your confidence, attention to detail, customer focus, numeracy, flexibility and ability to hit the ground running. Good communication and IT skills are equally essential.

About You

As a finance professional, you need to be able to communicate complex financial information in an easy-to-understand way - both written and verbally, in order to improve the understanding of key drivers of performance, particularly across the larger, more complex projects within the portfolio. You'll also lead the annual budget and periodic forecasts - challenging the quality and integrity of the data and flagging any areas of concern, as well as putting forward possible solutions. And whilst this is about providing financial support, it's about building good relationships to maximise business partnering opportunities too. You'll also help with training - not just for the finance tools and systems that the team will need to use, but you'll take responsibility for providing guidance , training and development of the Finance Technician in the team. In addition, you'll carry out other ad-hoc finance activities as needed.

Key Skills and Attributes
  • Part qualified accountant or equivalent is desirable
  • Confident, proactive individual with the ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  • Ability to improve the impact, and understanding, of financial reporting on performance across the portfolio
  • Support the Finance Business Partner in their daily tasks including timely analysis and reporting
  • Ensure adherence to accounting rules, procedures and timescales.
  • Analysis of financial data and production of management accounting information for the business.
  • Continuous review of project cost and revenue allocation and escalate as necessary
  • Clear communication skills across multiple levels of stakeholders.
  • Embrace available technology to promote efficiency
  • Continuous improvement, creating new reports to present to customers.

What's on offer?
  • An exciting opportunity within the Management Accounts team.
  • A collaborative, friendly and enjoyable place to work
  • A real hands on opportunity to join an established and successful business
  • Study support and development opportunities
  • Exposure to senior stakeholders across the business

Beyond that, we're looking for someone who'll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL, we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better for ourselves and our customers. And whilst we're always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don't make things more complicated when there's no need.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward. We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme .

We're transforming. As a national laboratory, we're exploring even more commercial routes to market and that's presenting us with greater opportunity - for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person's work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits . NPL's values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we're always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us .
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