Finance Business Partner - Blyth

  • Professional Services - Blyth
  • Competitive Salary, 28 Days Annual Leave, 9 Bank Holidays, Annual Discretionary Bonus, Company Pension Scheme,
  • Ref: 137
  • Date Posted: Tuesday 3 Apr 2018
This vacancy is now closed


Finance Business Partner  

Location: Blyth

About us: The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is part of a network of world-leading centres set up by Innovate UK,  designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth. Our vision is to be the world’s leading offshore renewables technology centre and our mission is to accelerate the creation and growth of UK companies in the offshore renewable energy sector.

We are delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. Our unique facilities, research and engineering capabilities bring together industry and academia and drive innovation.  This role will be based in our Blyth site, which has ambition to be internationally recognised as the go-to testing and validation centre for offshore renewables. 

The Role

We are looking for Finance Business Partner to take on full ownership of the P&L and balance sheet activity of our Test & Validation Directorate based in Blyth.   The successful candidate will be largely supporting the directorate, ensuring best use of core funding whilst acting as a key member of the Finance Team.

The role will ensure the business operates within a robust financial environment where accurate and relevant management information is provided to both internal and external stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner closely with the testing and validation team providing key financial support where required.

  • Attend monthly Testing & Validation direct reports meeting and add value by reporting on the financials. Obtain a deep understanding of planned activity and forge strong working relationships with the Testing & Validation team to benefit the business.

  • Preparation of monthly management accounts for the catapults commercial arm ODSL.

  • Recognise appropriate revenue on a monthly basis for the commercial and collaborative research and development activity in Blyth, ensuring regular challenge with senior stakeholders where appropriate.

  • Develop the commercial pricing and company overhead recovery model suggesting/implementing improvements where applicable.

  • Assist in the annual budgeting/forecast process by gaining a deep understanding of our Blyth site activity, whilst working closely with key members of the Testing & Validation team to ensure an accurate reflection of financials.

  • Regular review of Blyth site core costs such as rates, insurance and electricity, ensuring best value and thereby aiding the optimization of core funding.

  • Oversee preparation of monthly management accounts for ODSL subsidiary WEBS.

  • Assist in completion/review of ODSL monthly balance sheet reconciliations.

  • Obtain and collate monthly overtime timesheets, ensuring appropriate authorisation before passing to Glasgow colleagues for inclusion in monthly payroll.

  • Monitor and maintain petty cash records for Blyth site.

  • Carry out annual fixed asset verification exercise to ease auditors concerns on any potential impairment issues.

Essential Capabilities

  • Qualified Accountant

  • Business Partnering experience essential

  • Variable cost experience, highly desirable, but not essential

  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal

  • Ability to prioritise workload to demanding deadlines

  • Confidence to work with individuals from across the organisation at all seniority levels

  • Team player and self-starter with ability to work with minimum supervision

  • Technically up to date knowledge or UK reporting requirements and strong analytical skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office packages, excel, word, outlook

  • Knowledge of SAGE accounting software advantageous

  • Public company background advantageous

  • ERDF, EP7 and Horizon 2020 knowledge highly desirable but not essential


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever growing innovative company at the leading edge of green technology.  Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development.

In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

Closing Date:  17th April 2018

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity