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Job #: R-00070765
Location: Kempston, BDF
Category: Operations Finance
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

The Senior Financial Accountant supports the Security Detection and Automation (SD&A) business, which was acquired by the Leidos group in 2020. The role reports into and closely supports the SD&A controller as part of a team of 6, which is itself part of a larger EMEA accounting function.

This is an exciting opportunity for a technically strong accountant to join a Fortune 500 technology innovations company with global growth ambition that operates through over 400 locations in 30 countries.

The role has responsibility for the timely and accurate preparation of the UKGAAP accounts for the SD&A UK legal entities. It is also the lead for audit and compliance activity, and supports various process and controls projects as they arise. In addition the successful candidate can expect to become an integral part of the SD&A controller team with input and influence across all finance processes including month end close.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant and have a strong technical accounting background, with experience of preparing UKGAAP financial statements and operating in a large multinational company.

The role is designated as a non-office based position, although there is likely to be regular travel required to the Bedford hub facility.


  • Support the SD&A controller in all aspects of SD&A accounting, including oversight of the month end close, VAT workbook reviews and revenue accounting.

  • Delivery of accurate and timely UKGAAP (FRS102) based Statutory Accounts for 2 UK legal entities (Leidos Security Detection and Automation Ltd, and Leidos Industrial Engineers Ltd).

  • Support the SD&A Branch Accountant with delivery of the local GAAP accounts for other entities across the EMEA region.

  • Responsible for general controls compliance across SD&A UK, including:

    • Internal audit point of contact

    • Maintaining the SOX, SAO, COO and other control schedules

    • Continuous review of SD&A controls and proposing and driving updates and improvements across the business

  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance with USGAAP, UKGAAP and Leidos accounting policies

  • Lead for external audit activities

  • Support the SD&A Controller and act as lead to proactively drive process improvement projects across the SD&A business

Skills and experience:

  • Qualified accountant

  • Experience of working in a multinational company

  • Experience of preparing UKGAAP financial statements and co-ordinating the delivery of internal and external audit requests

  • Strong analytical and system skills

  • Proactive continuous improvement mentality

  • Confident communicator

Pay Range:

Pay Range £39,000.00 - £49,700.00 - £60,300.00

Covid Guidance

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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