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Finance Internship

Internship in Filton, United Kingdom

Degree level


Job function


Required language

English (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years

Start date

July 6, 2020

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Airbus Operations Limited

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Job Description

Start date: 6th July 2020

Location: Filton

To stay on top, Airbus recognises the importance of supporting high-achieving and talented undergraduates. We do this through offering challenging internship opportunities during which your skills and potential are fully maximised.

Our internships give a unique insight into potential career paths within Airbus. They are designed so that you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain crucial industry experience. The skills and knowledge you gain will improve your chances of a future role within the Airbus and should benefit your future studies.

A Finance internship at Airbus will give you the opportunity to work in a challenging, fast paced environment with real responsibilities that provide tangible results, as well as a sense of achievement. Working within Finance will give you an insight into various parts of the global organisation.

The UK finance and operation teams are fully supportive and encouraging during the demanding aspects of the role, while ensuring the day-to-day working life remains interesting and fun. The large number of interns, apprentices and graduates on the scheme at Airbus means you are able to develop a good network and get an understanding of different aspects of the business as well as guidance on your career.

During the placement you could have the opportunity to get involved in a wider range of ad-hoc activities. This could include; organising charity and team events, leading your own project, getting involved in STEM support in the community, production site tours and having the opportunity to get involved in or get an understanding of other areas of Finance.

There is also the potential to be fast tracked onto the Finance Graduate Scheme which gives you the chance to live and work around Europe while doing your CIMA qualification.

The Finance Internship programme is very much what you make of it!


You could be part of one of the following areas:

  • Cost Accounting

The Cost Accounting Department is responsible for the data integrity and accurate reporting of Airbus UK Operational Costs. Our department services the needs of the Financial Controlling Organisation in order to analyse the actuals and prepare forecasts and budgets and aid business decision making. We also produce information to compile the Financial Statements which are released to Airbus Central for Consolidated Reporting to Airbus Shareholders.

Your responsibilities will cover routine tasks to complete the monthly accounts for Cost Centre Controlling to a required standard, maintaining the quality and accuracy of the Internal Costs reported for Airbus Operations UK and ensuring the accuracy of their allocation across Products and Programmes. As well as routine tasks, you will be given project based activities, giving you the opportunity to enhance current processes or develop new ones, to help improve the quality of the Cost Centre data and to provide harmonisation across a transnational organisation.

  • Filton Plant Manufacturing Team

The Filton plant controlling team is based in Filton within the manufacturing environment and as such you will have the opportunity to gain real life experience within a manufacturing environment in a responsible but supported role.

The team is responsible for the accurate reporting to the Filton plant management which includes weekly performance as well as monthly and annual financial results. In addition the team provides ah-hoc information along with scenario planning and business case support.

Key tasks would include; preparing weekly Performance information for the Plant, supporting financial control of monthly reporting, forecasting, budgeting and planning as well as providing ongoing support to the operational managers. You will also be engaged in team building activities, assisting in Charity Challenge and helping to organise team events as required.

  • Facilities Management & Real Estate

The Facilities Management and Real Estate team is responsible for ensuring that the business can operate to its full potential by providing state of the art facilities and work spaces. The team is responsible for capital and operational expenditure across Airbus commercial sites (Filton and Broughton) and Airbus Defence and Space sites (Newport, Stevenage and Portsmouth). Providing financial control for a budget in excess of €200m the team works in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

Key responsibilities include forecasting, budgeting and variance reporting. Running of month end processes including the compiling, validating and submitting of significant accruals and provisions as well as Completing and presenting various financial management reports. In addition, you will need to maintain a strong working relationship with commercial and Defence and Space colleagues.

  • Government Financial Affairs

The Government Financial Affairs team is responsible for all financial matters relating to Government, regional and European Commission funding. As part of a small dynamic team based in Filton you will take responsibility for preparation of cost statements, liaison with auditors for externally funded projects, invoicing to partners, reconciliation of General Ledger accounts, review/updating of departmental processes and provide support to assist in the management of contracts. In addition the team provides local financial support to the UK research teams and you will be responsible for preparation of monthly reporting, maintenance of the work breakdown structure and providing ad-hoc financial support.

If you are interested in a specific role/ area please state clearly on your application.


Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

One application: Make It Possible, Make It Happen, Make It … Count!

Our Internships are open to Undergraduates only. Therefore it is mandatory for candidates to be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • You must be an undergraduate for the full duration of the placement, with a keen interest in Accounting & Finance (must have completed a minimum of 2 years).
  • Good understanding of MS Office packages, particularly Excel
  • Good at Team work
  • Ability to work autonomously on own initiative
  • Good interpersonal skills & communication skills; verbal and written
  • Strong academic background
  • Demonstrate confidence and Proactivity to drive improvements
  • Drive to develop yourself and others
  • Logical / analytical approach to problem solving
  • Curious to understand why and the bigger picture
  • Ability to explain accounting concepts to Non Finance
  • Ability to work in accordance with tight deadlines and maintain quality of output
  • Some work experience in a Finance capacity would be beneficial (but not essential)

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services.

Aerospace & defence
10,000 employees