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Head of Finance - Smart Motorways

Posted: 27 Sep 2020 Closes: 26 Nov 2020
Manchester, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time 1328336991

About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people's lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK's energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK's leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

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Costain is a key member of the Smart Motorway Alliance (SMA) which will deliver improvements to the strategic road network (SRN) over a 10-year period. The Alliance will work collaboratively to increase lane capacity in the SRN by embedding roadside technology and converting hard shoulders to all-lane running.

The Head of Finance - Smart Motorways will lead the financial management of Costain's Smart Motorways Alliance contracts, working with the Project and Commercial Managers to ensure strong operational control, timely reporting and forecasting and risk management.
What will I be doing?

Finance lead for Costain's Smart Motorways Alliance contracts.

  • Leading the financial management of all Costain's contracts under the Smart Motorways Alliance, and leading on financial issues into the SMA Organisation including Alliance Members
  • Ownership of the financial control framework for the SMA contracts, ensuring compliance with Group policies and maintaining accurate cost capture, balance sheet controls and reconciliations.
  • Working in collaboration with the Project and Commercial Managers to deliver robust commercial financial reporting, forecasting and risk management that reflects the project outturn and risk profile.
  • Key member of the Scheme and SMA management teams, highlighting financial issues, risks and opportunities, contributing to the overall successful outcome of the schemes.
  • Leading & managing the operational project finance teams.
  • Driving efficiency and automation in financial & operational processes and acting as a champion to deliver change / best practice.
About you


• The role requires qualified accountant with 5+ years post-qualified experience .

• Experience in accounting for long term contracts

• Demonstrable ability to form, lead and develop a finance team.

• Experience with risk analysis and scenario modelling

• Hands on approach to operational finance, comfortable with detail

• Able to build effective relationships at all levels across organisation

• Excellent team working and strong communication skills.

• A proven track record of success in lead finance roles in project environment.


• Knowledge of Oracle E1 accounting system or similar

• Experience in managing/administering Project Bank Accounts.

Similar industry experience an advantage but not required
Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers' needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

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