Funding Accountant - Blyth

  • Professional Services - Blyth
  • Competitive Salary, 28 Days Annual Leave, 9 Bank Holidays, Discretionary Annual Bonus Scheme, Company Pension Scheme, Ca
  • Ref: 135
  • Date Posted: Tuesday 10 Apr 2018
This vacancy is now closed

Funding Accountant

Part Time 16 hours

Location: Blyth

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is part of a network of world-leading centers 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 currently looking for a Funding Accountant to join our Professional Services Team in Blyth.   Accountable to our Finance Business Partner, the role will ensure the business operates within a robust controlled environment, ensuring accurate and relevant information if provided to both internal and external stakeholders.   The role will specifically administer tight financial control and demonstrate a deep understanding around various funding streams of the business, most notably ERDF, BEIS and European grants.

The position is based at our Blyth site and is for 16 hours per week; there can be a flexible approach in   how these hours are worked.

Key Responsibilities

  • Administer ERDF funded projects where appropriate, adhering rigidly to DCLG guidelines in order to minimise risk of clawback.

  • Administer European funded claims, ensuring the appropriate documentation is kept on file and the accuracy of submissions in order to minimise the risk of clawback.

  • Administer BEIS funded claims, producing financial milestone outputs alongside working closely with the finance processing team to settle invoices and thereby enabling reimbursement of funds.

  • Preparation of monthly revenue journals in relation to above streams as and when appropriate.

  • Awareness of overall funding requirements and as such show a willingness to work closely with various colleagues throughout the business to ensure all outputs, including non-financial are delivered.

  • Ad Hoc Projects as required given the rapid growth of the business.

    Essential Capabilities

  • Qualified Accountant (QBE will be considered)

  • Strong Communication Skills - both written and verbal.

  • Ability to effectively prioritise workload and work to funding 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 and work proactively using their own initiative.

  • Technically able with up to date knowledge of UK Reporting requirements and strong analytical skills.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Outlook software.

  • Knowledge of SAGE accounting software advantageous.

  • Public company background advantageous.

  • ERDF, BEIS, FP7 and Horizon 2020 knowledge highly desirable


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.