Head of Finance

  • Location

    Walsall, West Midlands

  • Sector:

    Finance

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    Negotiable

  • Contact:

    Laurence whiffin

  • Contact email:

    laurence.whiffin@experis.co.uk

  • Job ref:

    BBBH99834_1552660436

  • Published:

    2 months ago

  • Expiry date:

    2019-04-14

Head of Finance

Permanent - Walsall

Babcock International Group are a FTSE listed Engineering Support Services business. We are currently recruiting for a Supply Chain Manager to support our vehicle engineering hub in Walsall.

The role is working as part of our vehicle engineering division who's Customers include the police, fire and ambulance services, civil service, military and other security focused organisations based in the UK and overseas.

Their services include customised builds, composite material production, specialist in-vehicle communications capability, armoured protection, disposal & decommissioning and training.

Responsible for all aspects of finance activity within the business stream. This is a strategically focussed role with an emphasis on driving the business forward and making a positive impact on the top and bottom line of the business stream.

Key Tasks and Activities:

  • Provide a strategic and commercial overview and leadership to the finance department
  • Lead the development of the financial solution for growth opportunities. Work in conjunction with the Bid teams to create winning opportunities / bids. Review and approval of bids (within authority limits).
  • Use financial information to constructively challenge current and potential business activity in order to increase profits and improve efficiencies
  • Supervise, support and develop the finance team, ensuring that it provides high levels of service and support to the BVE business
  • Work with the commercial team to develop a working understanding of all commercial agreements in the Business Stream, identifying risks and mitigations where appropriate
  • Ensure timeliness and accuracy of monthly management reporting. Prepare materials for monthly business reviews, and take ownership for actions
  • Deliver tight management and control of the balance sheet and working capital.

What do I need to do the role?

  • Qualified ACCA/CIMA/ACA with at least 5+ years PQE
  • High level of computer literacy (incl. Advanced Excel)
  • Degree qualified or equivalent industry experience
  • Able to prepare and present difficult and complex financial/ operational information in a simple and meaningful way
  • Strong financial analytical experience
  • People management skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Able to present competently and confidently to Babcock senior management and
  • Clear focus, attention to detail, commercially astute and a strategic thinker focused on execution
  • Highly motivated Partnering; ability to work with a partnering culture to develop positive relationships both internally and externally
  • Numerically literate and able to build, understand and manipulate financial spreadsheet

For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure, and specialist training.


We're committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme. You'll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.