Management Accountant

CSA Catapult Newport United Kingdom Finance Hybrid
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Company Description

Do you relish the challenge being part of a growing business, a team, an industry, and seeing the energy you help generate? Are you at your best when contributing to a range of projects and collaborating across teams to solve the problems of the future?

Within CSA Catapult we look beyond the status quo. We look to employ people based on ability and attitude; we measure what you deliver and how you do it. We encourage collaboration in everything we do as we value the diversity of thought that we each bring to every challenge.

Who are we? The next wave of emerging technologies will have an enormous impact on our lives.

5G communications will enable a host of new and exciting applications such as connected autonomous vehicles and multimedia services. Increasing demand for clean energy will require new electricity networks, while advanced sensing will open-up new opportunities for health diagnostics and security. These developments will be underpinned by Compound Semiconductor (CS) technologies.

We are a Not for Profit organisation; here to help the UK economy grow, and we work across the UK with a range of industry sectors from automotive to medical, and from digital communications to aerospace. Through employing leading minds and investing in technology, we help bridge the gap between idea and implementation by removing the barriers often faced by SMEs.

CSA Catapult is committed to supporting and upholding diversity, equality, and inclusion in everything we do. A commitment to embrace and advocate for inclusion is an essential part of all roles.


Reporting to the Head of Finance, the Management Accountant is responsible for the timely completion of accurate monthly management accounts. The Management Accountant is accountable for accurate and timely reporting of project costing and revenue recognition and posting of project journals. Tasks include:

  • Lead the month end process and prepare monthly management accounts, ensuring accuracy and timely completion.
  • Variance analysis between actual and forecasted spend
  • Prepare Core Grant claims and Core Grant reconciliation
  • Maintain accrual and prepayment schedules
  • Balance Sheet reconciliation and bank reconciliation
  • Collaborate with HoDs to prepare the annual budget and then meet monthly to review YTD spend and update the RoY forecast
  • Posting and reconciling monthly payroll
  • Maintain and reconcile the FAR and ensure that capital expenditure is posted in the financial statements correctly (according to funding source). Calculate and post monthly depreciation journal.
  • Responsible for accounting for deferred income
  • Finance business partner to the HoDs
  • Supporting the Head of Finance on ad hoc projects
  • Supporting external audits


  • Ideally a qualified accountant (ACCA or CIMA preferred) with industry experience
  • The ability to create both statutory and management accounts within a complex organisation.
  • Experience of managing and consolidating budgets.
  • The ability to engage department managers to help them improve their financial management and decision making.
  • An understanding of the requirements of multiple funding and income sources, particularly Innovate UK, is highly desirable, but not essential.
  • Excellent team working skills with the ability to work collaboratively and co-operatively with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information with discretion and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to analyse financial information and draw insightful conclusions to the attention of budget holders.
  • A flexible approach to work including the ability to prioritise and re-prioritise to achieve successful outcomes.

Other information

  • Up to £50,000 salary (FTE)
  • A non-contractual bonus scheme to allow everyone to share in our success
  • Life Assurance – 4 times your annual salary
  • Scottish Widows pension scheme – you put in 5% and we’ll put in 10%
  • 28 days leave in addition to 8 bank holidays
  • 37.5 hour full time working week
  • A generous private medical insurance scheme for you and your family
  • A cashback scheme for your eye tests and dental treatment
  • Payment for a professional membership each year
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Flexible working – we operate core hours of 10-4. The balance of your hours can be worked around what works for you
  • Electric Vehicle and Cycle to work schemes