Graduate Opportunity

Project Accountant

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Thales people architect solutions that enable two-thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world’s largest commercial aircrafts. Our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Thales UK has a fantastic opportunity for an individual join our world renowned Flight Avionics Team (FLX) as part of our Systems Engineering team at Crawley. Working as part of the wider finance team, the post holder will fulfil an incremental role, responsible for the control, review and reporting of a portfolio of products and programmes (Civil and Studies).

Thales is on the leading edge of Digital Transformation

With a clear focus on critical transformative technologies, Thales is taking this digital transformation head on.

Key Purpose and Tasks:

As a Commercially aware accountant and with development to become a change agent, the role requires that endearing value is added to the business, not just the achievement of a profitability percentage: Working with the Business Controllers and Sector Leads, the optimising of the product line Key Customers and Market Opportunities undertaken will be influenced by this role.

Empowering the PMO with timely and accurate data as well as using the new BI and supporting systems to develop enhanced approaches to the review and reporting process; there is the scope to make a difference by challenging the current operating models, be it within the PMO, Industrial Operations or Functional teams.

Developing a strong grasp of the Balance sheet aspects of the projects within the portfolios as well as the focus on profitability will be a core objective for the new incumbent.

As a member of the FLX Domain Finance team, there will also be the on-going opportunity for the new starter, when ready, to further broaden their Project Accountant knowledge and skillset across FLX Product-lines, Production, Studies, Grants and Civil Aviation.

Role Requirements:

Thales is committed to hiring individuals with a “can do” and positive attitude with willingness to learn and improve on skills and knowledge. We are looking for an individual with strong business partnering skills with ability to build strong working relationships, along with some of the key skills and attributes below:

  • Part of Qualified Accountant (professional body preferred or by experience).
  • Experience operating as a Project Accountant or equivalent on large programmes, products and services in a technical environment.
  • Team player who can interface at all levels within a market leading and innovative engineering and manufacturing company.
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative in a dynamic, commercially focussed environment where automation and digitalisation is reshaping established processes.
  • Able to identify and implement change both within the financial environment and in the company as a whole.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Crawley (West Sussex)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Avionics
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing

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