11/10/2018 Airbus 2019-01-08T00:00:00+00:00 Portsmouth PO3 5PU

Finance Project Controller Internship (12 Months)

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  • Location: Portsmouth
Finance Project Controller Internship (12 Months)

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Reference Code 10420927 D EN EXT 2

– Site: Airbus Defence and Space Portsmouth

– Target Group: Internship – UK

– Work Contract Type / Working Time:  Permanent contract / Full time

– Work Experience:  Not specified

– Functional Area:  FINANCE / Controlling

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 130,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other’s expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

Number of positions: 2 Location: Portsmouth Duration: 12 Months

This internship will take place in Portsmouth for the Telecoms area of Airbus Defence & Space. The nature of the role will allow the individual to be part of a fast paced organisation which designs and builds state of the art Telecommunication Satellites.

The key mission of the project control role is to understand and communicate the financial health of several projects. The controller will work closely with the operational team advising on budget and forecast responsibilities, as well as acting as the financial interface between senior management and project managers. It is our role to be able to interpret financial figures into an operational view which steers the projects. As well as working autonomously, the controller will be part of a strong, experienced finance team, sharing best practice and using all available technology to find fast efficient solutions to various operational issues.


¤ Monthly financial reporting on numerous multi million GBP projects

¤ Monthly cost reviews with key stakeholders to ensure project EACs are robust

¤ Ad hoc meeting attendance to advise and steer key project decisions

¤ Monthly presentation to Senior management of sales / cash & performance KPIs

¤ Regular risk & opportunity reviews

¤ Identify areas of weakness / operational failings and devise an appropriate solution to role out.

¤ Update & creation of operational tools to enhance the ‘value added’ provided by the department.

¤ Act as a key team player within finance – both nationally and trans-nationally to promote and encourage to the operation teams the mind set of ‘right first time’ and the reduction of ‘Non Quality’.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.


Relevant degree disciplines:

¤ Ideally the individual will have a degree focussing on Business Finance or accountancy

¤ Will consider candidates that are studying a degree with a strong analytical element

Technical / IT / Behavioural / Language skills required:

¤ IT knowledge with advanced excel skills preferred. High levels of numeracy and attention to detail is required to present key financial information to a variety of stakeholders.

¤ English speaking is essential, fluency or knowledge of French also a considerably advantage.

¤ Behaviourally the individual will need to work in isolation as well as be a strong member of a project and departmental team. Forward thinking and positive mind set is important for the role to ensure success. The intern would ideally be a confident communicator and strong listener

Experience required (e.g. work experience / clubs / societies / charity work / hobbies etc.):

¤ It would be beneficial for the intern to have worked within a large organisation, having experienced fast flowing information and high levels of expectation on the reporting of financials.

¤ Knowledge of operational finance within a large organisation.

¤ Past experience of working alongside non-financiers and having the ability to accurately communicate financial detail.

Any other information: This internship will be organised to allow the individual to have a ‘buddy’ within the workplace. The objective to this will be to guide and teach the individual. The objective to the offer of mentoring is for the individual to be self-sufficient within the workplace within 2 months of contract commencement.


Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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