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Our Vacancy

Finance & Commercial Officer

  • Defence
  • Permanent / Support Functions
  • Blackburn
  • 11/03/24
  • On site

Assystem is an international company with one mission: accelerate the energy transition around the world.


Every day, our 6,500 switchers located in 12 countries (Europe, Middle East, Pacific Asia & Africa) connect their six thousand billion neurons to tackle the task of the century: switching to low-carbon energy.


We are a collective committed to the actors who are making the energy switch. Sharing our knowledge, expertise and values allows us to innovate and think differently about the energy transition.


Drawing on more than 55 years’ experience in highly regulated sectors subject to strict security and safety requirements, we provide our customers with engineering and project management services, as well as digital services and solutions to optimize the performance of complex infrastructure projects throughout their life cycle. The Group is currently ranked second in the world for nuclear engineering.


To ensure a viable, efficient, and reliable energy future for all.


Job Description

This role provides Financial and Commercial leadership and support across the Defence and Decommissioning (D&D) business.  

  • Working with P&L leads, take ownership of Budget / Forecasts templates and help Operational teams to ensure the data held within them is accurate, complete, and delivered to required deadlines.  

  • Consolidate & make preliminary review of budget & Forecast for Senior Business Unit Director, D&D leadership team and CFO. This includes understanding key commercial and financial assumptions, variances against the previous forecast and risk/opportunity analysis.   

  • Review the P&L monthly to understand the key variances to forecast, the key drivers underpinning that forecast, and the key risks and opportunities for future performance.  

  • Challenge and validate a rolling 3 month headcount and P&L projection against recruitment expectations and sales pipeline.   

  • Ensure robust financial and project control within D&D. Monitoring the following project financial KPIs and ensure PM support in resolution of any issues relating to:  

  • Ensuring there is adequate Customer PO cover for project and follow up with PM on issuance of the Advance Authorization when required  

  • Ensuring WIP is invoiced on a timely basis and liaise with appropriate stakeholder to facilitate resolution of any blocking issues  

  • Regular review of Account receivables and follow up of overdue items (Aging Balance)  

  • Support on any audit activities (customers, government, external financial auditors, internal quality audit).  

  • Work in conjunction with P&L leads and project managers to ensure maximum profitability. For example, by challenging project performance and understanding the underlying commercial constructs.  

  • Work closely with the finance team to ensure the quality and usefulness of financial data and analytical reporting.  

  • Drive the financial closure of projects.  

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interdependency of cost drivers.  

  • Understand the entire arc of the business and how productivity impacts profitability.  

  • Commit to maximizing efficiency at all levels without compromising quality.  

  • Take the lead on developing cost models and sales rate generation in support of bid/proposal submissions for all usual contract types, particular NEC 4.  

  • Take the lead in commercial/financial model development in support of supply chain partnerships (JV’s/uJV’s/SPV’s and the like) in support of large scale bid/proposal generation.  

 

My profile

  • ACCA/CIMA Qualified (or equivalent) or qualified by experience. 

  • Proven experience of financial and/or project controls required. 

  • Experience of computerised accounting systems necessary; knowledge of IFS will be valuable but is not essential. 

  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills and experience in data manipulation. 

  • NEC4 Contract (or similar) Training would be desirable. 

  • You must be eligible to work in UK. 

 

Softer Skills:  

  • Ability to communicate complex finance information clearly and concisely to a non-finance audience. 

  • Continuous improvement mindset and an appetite to identify the root causes of issues or inefficiencies and embed change.  

  • Good logic and problem-solving skills 

  • Proven ability to work towards deadlines both independently and as part of a team. 

  • High level of attention to detail 

  • Ability to work under pressure and manage priorities 

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter! Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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