Ref: 1625590

Original Listing

Company: 1625590

Salary: 31,696 - 31,696

Closing Date: Closing date: 11 Apr 2019

Location: Stoke Gifford, South West, BS34 8JH : Reading, South East, RG7 4PR

Warhead Directorate - Finance Managers



This is a genuinely exciting time to join the Ministry of Defence. If you want to be at the heart of real Defence issues delivering against one of the Department’s top three priorities as set by the Defence Board, we have a range of exciting opportunities to join the Defence Nuclear Organisation. Not only will successful candidates get to work on a high profile and distinctive portfolio which is rarely out of the news, you will also get a unique insight into the fascinating world of nuclear.

Established in April 2016, as part of recommendations set out in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Defence Nuclear Organisation was set up to oversee all aspects of nuclear business within the MOD. The Director General Nuclear, is responsible for all submarines (from buying them through to disposal when they reach the end of their life), nuclear warheads, skills, related infrastructure and day-to-day nuclear policy.

Our mission is to keep safe and capable submarines at sea today and in the future. We need a capable and credible nuclear deterrent to successfully deter the most extreme threats to our national security and way of life. Defence Nuclear consists of the people, equipment and infrastructure required to make that happen.

Within Defence Nuclear, the Warhead Directorate leads the UK nuclear warhead programme which provides a stockpile of reliable, safe and effective nuclear warheads to support the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent now and in the future.

The Warhead Programme provides an extensive investment in our research and production facilities, science and engineering skills and safety and security infrastructure worth £20bn over the period 2005-2025. This investment will ensure our ability to maintain our current warheads and enable the production of a replacement warhead in future.

The Warhead Directorate has staff based in MOD Main Building, MOD Abbey Wood (Bristol), Aldermaston (Reading) and HM Naval Base Clyde (Scotland).

One position will be based at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston. The other position may be based in AWE, Aldermaston or MOD Abbey Wood South, Bristol. However, both positions may require some travel between each site.

AWE is sited within easy commuting distance of Reading, Basingstoke, Newbury and surrounding areas.

The site is undergoing a major infrastructure refresh which will provide a variety of new accommodation across site.


The Programme Support Finance Managers will have responsibility for understanding & reporting on the financial activities of their allocated programme areas to inform the production of In Year Management (IYM), Annual Budget Cycle (ABC) & financial accounting outputs and governance across a range of activities.

Key responsibilities will be:
• Interrogating Project Managers’ financial information to feed into IYM, ABC and Parliamentary Questions.
• Production of project reports and dashboards for review by line manager
• Presenting financial position at Programme Support Boards and Pillar Reviews
• Monthly reconciliation of General Ledger (GL)
• Assurance for all Business Cases and Spend Management Cases within letter of delegation, including attending meetings with the customer off-site and attendance at endorsement boards where necessary. For approvals above the letter of delegation, assist other members of the team in the assurance of these cases
• Providing monthly forecast and actuals analysis
• Conducting GL work including: uploading and posting of Journals, producing Trial Balance and other relevant reports
• Maintain the fixed asset register and manage the AUC including regular reconciliation
• Produce data to feed into the Team Leader Review of Financial Position (TLRFP)
• Provide support on financial information relating to Nuclear Provisions
• Support activities to assist the finance team i.e. maintenance of financial and governance processes
• Support other areas of the team where necessary to complete returns

Working Pattern:

The volume and demand of the work would make it difficult for this post to be undertaken on a part-time basis. It may be possible to agree to an alternative working pattern. There may be an opportunity to travel overseas on occasion. Overtime is not required, but TOIL will be recognised as appropriate.

Development Profile:

These are busy and demanding posts requiring the incumbents to be proactive and build strong relationships across the WDel team, Warhead Directorate and the wider TLB. It is essential that the post-holders are flexible and able to manage their time efficiently.