Finance Manager (Defence)

Requisition ID: R10003059

  • Category IconCategory: Business Management
  • Location IconLocation: New Malden - POST-LON, United Kingdom
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United Kingdom Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Security Check (SC)
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The Defence OU Finance Manager leads the Defence Operating Unit (DOU) Business Management team overseeing all finance aspects of its customers and contracts of work in a rapidly changing, growing and fast-paced environment. The role is the strategic finance partner to the DOU Director, accountable for the accuracy and transparency of all financial aspects within the operating unit, working alongside the Programme function and supporting several contracts simultaneously.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage the Defence OU BM team to deliver a professional, effective and value-add service to the highest standards and develop a flow of finance talent into the business
  • Accountable for effective collaboration with all areas of the Operating Unit, maintaining Project Finance engagement and delivery with both the current and future landscapes in mind
  • Partner with the DOU leadership team, delivering effective, accurate and timely management information and analysis to directly influence Programme and wider business decisions
  • Fulfil Internal and Customer reporting requirements, including the Forecast, AOP (Annual Operation Plan), PMR (Programme Management Review) and contractual customer reporting
  • Lead and control all project schedules, Earned Value Management (EVM), KPIs and cost report deliverables for the BM team 
  • Ensure that accounting for each contract within the portfolio is compliant with GAAP and company policy
  • Work closely with the Business Manager on the annual Questionnaire on Method of Cost Allocation (QMAC) and be the main contact with MoD audit
  • Partner the DOU Director to deliver the AOP, building strategic business plans supporting growth within the Operating Unit and managing opportunities and sensitivities for both current and strategic planning
  • Be the main contact for all new DOU accounts/frameworks and oversee all new pricing requirements
  • Co-ordination of cEAC processes, making sure all projects are reviewed regularly
  • Manage the resourcing of all programme finance requirements, aligning and optimising the team’s capability to deliver on time and produce solutions that anticipate future requirements and solve existing problems
  • Maintain full awareness of and monitor DOU invoicing and cash positions, unbilled balances, backlog and de-booking requirements, working with the teams to ensure the status of each is at acceptable levels
  • Ensure the team work collaboratively with the wider Accounting, Commercial and Programme teams 
  • Lead and participate in process review and continuous improvement activities
  • Engage with internal and external Auditors as required
  • Create and deliver presentations that present relevant information clearly to stakeholders at all levels of the organisation and across a diverse audience range
  • Deputise for the Business Manager and lead on NGUKL activities as required
  • Undertake any other reasonable task as requested

Competency/Skill requirements

  • Excellent analytical skills, with a keen attention to detail
  • Strong understanding of Earned Value Management and an ability to translate the data into meaningful management information
  • Familiarity with the UK MoD single source contracting environment
  • Adept at problem-solving, able to develop solutions to a variety of very complex problems
  • Proficient numerical skills, with advanced Microsoft Excel competency
  • Proactive team worker , equally self-motivated and able to work autonomously
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to engage effectively with all audiences/stakeholders
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Competent in PowerPoint and face-to-face presentation delivery
  • Understand/have an awareness of different contracting models and any financial differences between them
  • Highly-organised, adept at workload management, prioritising appropriately to meet deadlines
  • Strong customer orientation
  • An engaging and ‘can do’ attitude
  • Commercially-aware
  • Able to communicate both favourable and adverse messages to the business

Person Specification

Essential qualifications / experience 

  • ACCA/CIMA Qualified/Business or Finance Degree
  • At least 5 years’ experience working within a Finance team or closely related
  • A background in both business and finance
  • Working understanding of Scheduling, EVM and relevant tools (COBRA, P6)
  • Strong People management and development, growing talented individuals into a high-performing team

Additional Information

  • Looking for flexibility? Talk to us at the application stage about what may be possible.
  • Clearance requirements: The post-holder must be able hold and maintain UK Government clearances



Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.