GKN Financial Planning Analyst in Bristol, United Kingdom

Financial Planning Analyst

Country: United Kingdom

Work Location: Bristol

State: Not Specified

Advertising End Date: 23 Jul 2018

Job Type: Regular

About The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen for a Financial Planning Analyst to join GKN Aerospace at our flag ship site based in Filton, Bristol.

The role is responsible for generating monthly P&L forecasts and annual budgets, with variance analysis and commentaries. The successful candidate will co-ordinate the production of forecast sales, direct materials, overheads & labour costs and headcounts for inclusion in the forecast / budget consolidation model and variance summary report. You will ensure all inputs to the forecast models are robust & have been adequately challenged and reviewed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain the ‘Adjustments’ page in the consolidation model for any sales, direct materials (DM) or cost related adjustments.

  • Ensure a commentary is completed that explains any significant or noteworthy variances in the forecast / budget sales & DM.

  • Complete forecast & actual profitability by programme reports (PLP) required for Hyperion submissions.

  • To take responsibility for loading forecast/budget data into SAP.

  • Publish monthly headcount targets for Key Performance Indicators (KPI) reporting to HR, and overtime forecasts for KPI reporting.

  • Administer the forecast & budget timetables to ensure all participants are aware of the timetable & the required deliverables (including meeting schedules) and for the final distribution of forecast reports.

  • Production of monthly sales and direct materials (“Blue Box”) reports used to generate the monthly causal. To complete month end ‘True Up’ calculations and journal posting (& adhoc ‘True Up’ assignments as requested).

  • Compliance with all risk assessments and company Environment, Health & Safety Procedures relevant to all work activities. Reporting of all incidents, accidents and near misses as per the company’s procedure & implementation of corrective actions. Maintain good standards of housekeeping in designated work area(s).

  • Export Control - Champion ‘Export Control’ compliance activities, ensuring adherence to the site ‘Technology Control Plan (TCP)’, guaranteeing compliance with Export Control Regulations, controls, training and systems.

Qualifications and Skills- Formal Qualifications:


Graduate with professional accounting qualification (e.g. ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA) or graduate with equivalent and related professional qualifications.

Specific Functional Capability, Knowledge and Skills Required


  • Proactive self-starter – ability to work with limited supervision and to deadlines, to be able to determine potential solutions when presented with problems / challenging scenarios.

  • Strong attention to detail – role will prepare reports presented to senior executives.

  • Articulate communicator with ability to establish credibility across other functions, ability to challenge in a professional manner and to pitch a message at the right level for the audience.

  • Ability to manage multiple deliverables and prioritise work requests.

  • Results orientated – to operate with a sense of urgency

  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office – especially Excel &PowerPoint.

  • Previous experience in a fast paced PLC environment

  • Experience of complex business operating systems e.g. SAP.

About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.