Finance Business Partner - Engineering

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Business Development, Tendering, Marketing & Commu

York, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


Systra are looking for a Finance Business Partner to join their Engineering team. In this role you will be providing financial support to the Senior Business Managers within Systra. The role will require liaison throughout the business including engineering Team Leaders, Sales & Proposals, Project Teams, Functions and the Board.


The role will provide support to the Finance Director regarding the day to day financial operation of the business, including working capital management, sales & orderbook management, project financial performance, forecasting and budgeting plus additional projects as appropriate.


This is an extremely exciting role in a dynamic and changing organisation. Critical to the success of this role is the ability to liaise with the Senior Business managers and budget holders.

This role can be based from any of our UK offices alongside hybrid working.



  • Manage period end process – including
  • Ensuring project reviews are updated
  • All cost accruals are included
  • Understanding of project variances – volume and margin %
  • Final management accounts preparation
  • Day 6 accounts presentation and review – with Senior Management


  • Attend Major Project reviews – provide challenge on margin, cashflow etc as required
  • Review of WIP and debt with key stakeholders – Project Management, Commercial Management and create plan for recovery where required
  • Work with Commercial teams on costs plus contract support – support client audits/ annual rates reviews
  • Undertake Quarterly forecast and annual budget cycles
  • Support annual external audit and any internal audits


  • Bid support – work closely with UK Engineering Bid team to support bid activity including:
  • Schedule required bid support
  • Maintenance of cost rates
  • Production of selling rate models where required
  • Production and presentation of Bid Income Statement – ensuring this meets corporate targets – Operating Margin, EBIT, Cashflow
  • For Bids reaching threshold for Regional Approval Committees, assist in production of Finance reports



  • Qualified accountant – CIMA/ACA/ACCA
  • Experience in Transport Consultancy desirable, ideally within an international group
  • Systems literate – experience with ERP systems and systems implementation
  • Confident working with client interfaces where required
  • Commercial outlook with ability to communicate clearly with non financial staff, good communication skills essential
  • Strong excel and presentation skills



Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.