Funding Accountant - Blyth

  • Finance - Blyth
  • Competitive Salary, 28 days Holiday + 9 Days Bank Holiday, Company Pension Scheme, Annual Discretionary Bonus
  • Ref: 230
  • Date Posted: Tuesday 7 Jan 2020

Funding Accountant

Location: Blyth

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is one of a number of Catapults set up by Innovate UK to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology in the UK.

With primary locations in Glasgow and Blyth, Northumberland, ORE Catapult is the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy.  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, focusing on three main areas: testing and validating offshore renewable energy technologies; research & innovation; improving the operational performance of the existing fleet of offshore renewable energy infrastructure.

What is the role?

ORE Catapult is pleased to be recruiting for a Funding Accountant within our Professional Services Directorate. The role will support our Finance function administering strong financial control across all funding streams of the business. Most notably Interreg, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and European Grants.

What are the key responsibilities?

This position requires consistent collaboration with colleagues across the organisation and external stakeholders.

  • Administer Interreg funded projects, ensuring rigid adherence to guidelines, managing the risk of clawback through non-compliance
  • Accountable for the administration of ERDF funded projects, adhering to Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidelines to ensure compliance is maintained and clawback is minimised
  • Administer European funded claims ensuring he appropriate documentation is filed correctly, maintain the accuracy of submissions to manage the risk of clawback
  • Control and administration of BEIS funded claims producing financial reporting pertaining to milestone outputs. Collaborate with our finance processing colleagues to co-ordinate and administer invoicing enabling the timely re-imbursement of funds
  • Maintain awareness of overall funding requirements, building strong working relationships across the organisation you will ensure all reporting requirements financial and otherwise are delivered accurately and on time

What do I need to qualify for this role?

The role requires the successful candidate to work with minimum supervision, using his / her initiative to prioritise their own workload diligently and to funding deadlines.  You will be accustomed to producing detailed reporting presentable to the wider finance team. Interaction with various functions of our organisation will command strong communication skills, both written and verbal. You should be comfortable communicating with all levels of the seniority.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of working within a similar role.

Experience of working with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) or accounting experience with a public company is highly desirable.

Knowledge of Sage Accounting Software; proficient with Microsoft packages including Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Outlook.

On occasion you will be required to travel to other locations to fulfil the duties of the role. 


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever-growing innovative company.  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:  21st January 2020

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.