About the Role

Whether you’re talking about length, mass, time, temperature, electric current, amount or the brightness of light, the National Physical Laboratory sets the standards by which these things are all measured. Our range of products and services need to be commercially viable. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways, and you could too. 

As the Finance Analyst, you'll report into the Head of Financial Strategy & Planning and work closely with and to support scientific groups, Group Leaders and Project Managers. This is a fixed term contract role for 9 to 12 months.

What you'll be doing:

  • Producing reports and key financial performance information, such as monthly group management accounts
  • Supporting the periodic forecasts – challenging the quality and integrity of the data and flagging any areas of concern, as well as putting forward possible solutions. 
  • Sharing knowledge and providing guidance, training and development for team members. 
  • Assisting the Finance Strategy team with daily tasks including timely analysis and reporting
  • Analysis of financial data and production of management accounting information for the business.
  • Continuous review of project cost and revenue allocation and escalating as necessary

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. In this role you can expect to be on site minimum 2 days per week. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the role you do and part of the business you work in.

About You

You'll be able to effectively communicate and convey complex financial information clearly to stakeholders at all levels, this will improve the understanding of key drivers of performance across the larger and more complex projects within the portfolio. Whilst this is about providing financial support, it’s also about building good relationships to maximise business partnering opportunities too. 

What you can bring to the role:

  • Part qualified accountant or equivalent
  • Confident, proactive approach with the ability to work independently
  • Microsoft Excel experience at an intermediate level
  • Business Partnering experience 

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in specific departments means that nationality, residency and security requirements can be more tightly defined than others. You will be asked about this throughout the recruitment process.

About Us

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK. 

NPL and DSIT have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme. 

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits. Our values are at the heart of what we do, and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success. 

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.