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Finance Cost Controller

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are looking for a Finance Cost Controller to work on HS2 Main Works. You will be responsible for supporting the Finance Director. The focus will be to manage the interface with HS2 “Power of Six”  Cost Verification Audit (CVA) Team.  To engage with the SCS Internal Audit team to ensure lessons are learnt and adopted across the SCS Project and co-ordinating with the 3 JV partners. The role reports directly to the Finance Director.


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility


  • Own the relationship with the HS2 CVA Team and audits of SOCC and Subcontract costs
  • Timely response to Audit requests for information (RFIs)
  • Timely follow up and resolution of audit report findings
  • Co-ordinate Finance and Commercial teams to respond to Audit queries
  • Recommend improvements to Financial control, Governance, segregation of duties & process flows to comply with Works Information and partner requirements
  • Work with Delivery Unit and Asset teams to ensure lessons are learnt and implemented from CVA and Internal Audit findings
  • Proactively looking for areas to improve or reduce cost
  • Assist Delivery units and functions to implement the recommendations above
  • Own cost relationship with partners

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monthly Disallowed Cost Report and Audit progress report
  • Fee Based Cost reporting and follow up with Delivery Units
  • Improve forecasting of Fee based costs
  • Develop KPI for defined cost audit performance
  • Ongoing issues with JV Board partners, reporting on progress and current issues.

The Ideal Candidate


  • 5 years PQE Accountant with a recognised professional body (eg ICAEW, ACCA or CIMA)
  • Relevant experience in a project based finance team within the construction, infrastructure or similar industry
  • Strong experience of NEC Contracts,
  • Knowledge of Defined cost, SOCC, disallowed cost and fee based cost definitions
  • Strong Excel, IT & Communication Skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Takes ownership of output
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Self-confident
  • Strong influencing skills


  • Previous experience ideally in a similar role within the construction industry delivering a large infrastructure project
  • Knowledge of Oracle E1 accounting system
  • Prior experience of working in a joint venture

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 2018 and UK GDPR) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

SCS Railways

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