Financial Accountant

Wabtec Corporation

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Position Summary:

Full Time Position. Responsibility to lead the Business Financial Accounting activities. To deliver accurate and timely financial information and establish and maintain a robust control environment to ensure full auditability of financial data. To establish a culture of continuous improvement with a team of professionals responsible for delivering monthly financial accounts, annual statutory accounts and the management external audit activities for the Operating Unit.

Key Accountabilities/ responsibilities:

  • Develop systems to ensure the efficient and effective management of the Operating Unit financial ledgers and accounting processes

  • Responsible for managing the monthly financial close process to ensure that financial information is supplied to the organisation in a timely and effective manner

  • Develop systems to ensure the efficient and effective management of financial data for the preparation of financial accounts

  • Responsible for the month end management accounts submission into HFM

  • Maintaining the financial ledgers of the operating unit to support the month end reporting process and ensure all accounts reconciled and reviewed

  • Coordinate and support the Shared Service Team for month end and reporting activities

  • Assistance with the annual Budget and STRAP activities and monthly Forecast

  • Monthly Reporting Pack to analyse and review variances actuals vs budget/forecast

  • Ensure that spend vs budget is communicated to budget holders monthly

  • Meet all internal and external reporting requirements within the given deadlines including statutory accounts, VAT returns, National Statistics and other reporting returns, Ensuring all submissions are adequately reviewed prior to submission

  • Manage the completion of the Annual Taxation reports for the Operating Unit

  • Act as main point of contact for the audit and coordinate all audit information requirements

  • Ensure compliance with group accounting policies and the relevant statutory accounting standards (UK & US GAAP)

  • Establish and implement a control environment to underpin the accuracy of the UK financial reporting ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley

  • Manage the Operating Units Sarbanes-Oxley reporting requirements

  • Standardise, rationalise and document the financial processes to achieve synergies in the finance department

  • Manage the chart of accounts and the cost centre structure of the Business

  • Manage the Payroll interfaces between HR and ADP (Payroll provider) and ensure all payments are in line with statutory requirements

  • Perform other duties within your capability, training or experience that may be reasonably requested

  • Adhere to the company’s Health, Safety & Environmental instructions and requirements

  • Responsible for Handling and Storage of Data in line with Data Protection legislation

Person Specification

Qualifications/Education required:

  • Qualified by experience – Essential

  • Part Qualified (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) - Desirable

Key Skills, Competencies and Personal Attributes:

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Experience of presenting financial data

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Leadership, motivation and influencing skills

  • Performance orientated

  • Able to work under pressure and to fixed deadlines

  • Business/Customer orientated

  • IT literate and fully conversant with all Microsoft office applications and MRP

  • Excellent organisational and prioritising skills

  • Disciplined completer-finisher with excellent attention to detail

  • Self-motivated team player with a positive can-do attitude

  • Credible

  • Tenacious and resilient

  • Collaborative

  • Organised

Internal & External contacts and interfaces of the role:

  • Manage the External Audit Process  

  • Wabtec wider UK Finance Team for monthly reporting requirements

  • Internal Stakeholders – All functional managers and their teams

  • External Stakeholders including, pension trustees, banks and financial institutions, Companies House, tax authorities, auditors and tax advisors

Other Requirements:

  • Valid UK driving licence

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.