Management Accountant


Location: Wiltshire

Job Type: Full time, Part time


About the job

Job summary

Dstl's Finance team delivers essential expertise to an organisation which delivers vital Science and Technology research and advice to Government Defence and Security. In order for the Finance Function to be correctly resourced to meet future demands there is a need for a qualified accountant or finalist to join our high performing and dedicated team.

You will be a dedicated finance professional with experience of working with non-finance colleagues to steer and influence the business and drive and implement improvements to the way we work and the value we bring to the business.

You will ensure the Division Head, and their management team, have the appropriate financial information and support to enable decision-making in order to deftly conduct their roles.

We offer an excellent training package, modern working environment, interesting work and the opportunity to make a real difference to the role of finance in a business which is vital to the future Defence and Security needs of the nation. Our Finance team has previously received the Highly Commended Team Excellence Award at the Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Finance Awards Ceremony.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

Job description

In this role you will:

  • Provide timely, accurate and value added management and statutory accounts in accordance with the timetable, accounting standards and Dstl.
  • Facilitate the preparation of division/function budgets and forecasts by ensuring stakeholders have the information required to support this in the appropriate format and to agreed timetables.
  • Ensure the financial awareness of the management team is enhanced through the provision of advice, assistance and knowledge management.
  • Have the flexible attitude to support the wider finance function to deliver.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Knowledge, understanding and a track record of producing accurate, timely and value added management accounts;
  • A Chartered Accountant qualification or fully committed to completing the final stages;
  • Good, relevant experience of work in a Finance function;
  • Ability to undertake financial analysis quickly and accurately;
  • Good numerical and Excel skills;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.



  • Qualified AAT or part qualified CIMA or CCAB body


  • Finalist or qualified Chartered Accountant

Important Information:

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


Alongside your salary of £35,970, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £9,712 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.


Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

  • Flexible working: Working options include alternative working patterns, compressed hours, job shares and annualised hours

  • Flexible working hours: Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

  • Annual leave: A generous annual leave allowance starting at 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

  • Learning and Development: Encouragement and support on charterships, accreditations and access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Paid memberships with 2 relevant bodies/institutions. Employees have access to Civil Service Learning.

  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

The information pack can be found attached to the job specification on Civil Service Jobs.


We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work. These include the following:

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network

  • Race, Faith and Culture Network

  • Parents and Carer Support Network

  • Alternative Working Network

  • Gender Equality Network

  • New Starters Network

  • Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

Sift will take place shortly after the role has closed with successful candidates being invited to attend either an online interview via MS Teams or an Face to Face at one of our Dstl Sites.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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