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  • Job reference: RMS0182221

Engineering Operations Controller - Finance

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 08/08/2017
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (05/09/17)
This vacancy has now expired.

The Role:
Lead and manage all aspects of a stable administration and financial budgeting process within the department, coordinating the evaluation of impact of Project plan changes to the department. Managing capacity planning and the organisation structure for the department.

Directly responsible for managing all cross function /cross department budgets into one single departmental budget and escalation of any deviations to plan

Manage and maintain all aspects of a stable administration and financial budgeting process within the department, working closely with the Budget Owners to meet the R & D target
a. Responsible for managing budget status vs forecast for all departmental projects for the project life cycle and identify, challenge where appropriate, and report key variances
b. Identify, question and resolve any budget queries/anomalies with Finance/Project teams to ensure the correct numbers are being presented which are recognised by all areas
c. Co-ordinate all budget forecasts, working closely with the budget owners to ensure the data inputted is accurate and in line with project timing and budget parameters
d. Collate TCD responses and present to Director before submission to project within agreed timescales
e. Represent Director in relevant business forums when necessary

Evaluate the impact of Project plan changes to the department financial performance, identifying opportunities and risks and provide scenarios
a. Ensure any significant project decisions are reflected within the budget - additional approved funds, timing changes, labour rate changes - the impact and effect of these items need to be identified and presented to the Director and the Project Manager
b. To achieve project targets, feature deletion or reduction needs to be considered and analysis needs to be done to provide the budget figures and timing impact to influence decision to be made. Challenge FM's & HoDs as required.
c. Responsible for the collation and presentation of data to support Engineering / cross- functional meetings and forums

Manage capacity planning and establish a robust, efficient capacity planning process for the department
a. Manage the annual capacity plan for the department; collate information, analyse, make recommendations and communicate
b. Management of standard template for all to use showing the current and new projects, in line with latest Project plans from Product Management

Maintain the organisation structure for the department, working closely with HR and the Director to ensure we meet Group guidelines and demonstrate consistency
a. Establish and maintain headcount summary for the department detailing the recruitment and headcount status on a monthly basis, ensuring compliance with agreed annual headcount
b. Ensure SAP always reflects the latest reporting structure for the department, so the Organisation Charts on the Intranet are accurate
c. Responsible for recruitment overview - assist with filtering of candidates, and arranging assessment centres
d. Maintain department development plan, working closely with HR Talent Development team to ensure plans are aligned

Management, direction and control for all Non-Technical Operations within the department ensuring we achieve our deliverables and stay within the agreed budget
a. Own, establish and maintain Capital Expenditure status of all areas within the department
b. Manage cost centre budgets, monitoring monthly expenditure and challenging HoD's as to ensure the department meets annual targets
c. Ensure sufficient budget is available to purchase relevant equipment for all department members
d. Facilitate and assist Senior Management team with office planning and strategies

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
* Demonstrable, proficient planning, organisation and operational skills
* PC literate, excellent communication and organisational skills (self and others)
* Proven self-starter and able to work independently
* Communicates effectively at all levels and be able to progress, challenge and resolve issues
* Demonstrating the ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects with fast-paced deadlines
* Ability to build relationships within the department and across the business
* Able to work unsupervised and make informed decisions
* Ability to challenge and influence others

PRACTICAL & TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
Clear precise knowledge of :
a. Planning Round plan and the creation of budgets and forecasts
b. A proven knowledge of Bentley financial systems and SAP Personnel system
c. Budget delivery in line with business financial targets.
d. Ability to identify and escalate issues and risks, and potential solutions to Director

QUALIFICATIONS
* Educated to Degree level
* Good working knowledge and experience of Financial Management and Business Management theory
* Advanced level of IT literacy (Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Access/Outlook)

The Company:
Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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