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Management Accountant

£35,765 - £40,500
UK Space Agency


This is an exciting opportunity for a high-performing finance professional to join the UK Space Agency’s Finance team as Management Accountant, based in Swindon. Reporting to the Head of Financial Planning and Performance, the post holder will work alongside our London based Management Accountant and will become the financial lead for the Agency’s Swindon based Directorates. Working collaboratively to provide financial challenge and support across the Agency, the role will provide financial guidance to colleagues in UKSA.Key Responsibilities:

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

• Jointly leading on the annual budget setting process, linking with the Agency corporate planning process, challenging and applying rigor to financial submissions and using analysis skills to support the Executive Board in its decision making

• Supporting the Head of Financial Planning and Performance in managing the Agency’s in year financial position by:

• Jointly leading the monthly forecasting process to include scrutiny of directorate submissions and issue of monthly financial management information packs for Directors. Identifying risks and opportunities, and providing recommendations and analysis. Presenting a consolidated position to the Head of Financial Planning and Performance to inform meetings with the Chief Operating and Finance Officer and Accounting Officer.

• Production of the financial performance management information for inclusion in the UKSA Dashboard to inform the Agency’s Executive Board and inform decision making.

• Monthly reporting of the UKSA financial position and performance to BEIS via the EPM forecasting tool

• Close engagement with the BEIS Finance Business Partners, fostering a collaborative relationship to understand risks and opportunities through transparent reporting and open dialogue

• Coordinating and drafting responses to FOI/PQ requests in a timely manner and validating the information prior to sign off by the Chief Operating and Finance Officer.

• Ensuring external financial commissions contain accurate information and are completed in a timely manner.

• Providing support and guidance to UKSA staff on financial matters whilst developing financial awareness throughout the Agency.

• Line management of team members, setting smart personal objectives, providing constructive feedback and ensuring learning and development needs are met.

• Working with the Financial Accountant to ensure accruals are supported by appropriate evidence.

Skills, Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications:


• Highly numerate individual with strong analytical skills

• Good knowledge of Excel

• Excellent written skills and an ability to explain complex financial information to a non-finance audience

• Ability to communicate across all levels

• Strong negotiation and influencing skills to influence senior management as well as senior programme leads or technical experts

• Significant experience of working in a finance team, including working in a management accounting role

• Ability to work on own initiative and under pressure with competing demands to tight deadlines

• Ability to work proactively to anticipate issues and develop options/solutions in order to prevent escalation

• Proven interpersonal skills with an ability to work within own team as well as with colleagues in other parts of the organisation

• Willingness to learn and provide support within the wider finance team

• CCAB qualified / part qualified or can demonstrate qualification by experience and a commitment to undertake professional accountancy qualifications.


• Advanced knowledge of Excel and accounting systems

• Demonstrable experience of using management information to support and improve overall operational delivery

• Experience/knowledge of Oracle financial system, Purchasing Module and General Ledger Module

• Experience of working within a central government department and/or a Shared Service Centre environment

• Previous experience of line management responsibilities

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting experience
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pensionSuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.Sift and Interview Information

After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Numerical Reasoning test. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23.55 on 23rd September. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website

This vacancy will be sifted using CV and both Behaviors and personal statement. Using your 250 word personal statement to 'Please provide evidence of relevant Management Accounting experience to support your application and CV, identifying strengths and experiences that make you suitable for this position.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Seeing the bigger picture. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Please note that UKSA is currently undergoing a transformation programme and it is likely that some posts may change during this process so the role you are currently applying for may change during this time-frame which could lead to change of job description, line manager and/or role.g this time-frame which could lead to change of job description, line manager and/or role.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Further Information

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Any move to UKSA will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via UKSArecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles, and wish to make a complaint, then you should contact in the first instance UKSARecruitment.GRS@cabinetoffice.gov.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.