Finance Assistant

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Financial Controller

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays.

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

Responsible for the maintenance of the purchase ledger, sales ledger and cashbooks on company finance system, SAP byDesign, in particular:

  • Audit and progression of purchase requests to purchase order, approval and subsequent issue to suppliers, resolving any coding or VAT issues
  • Audit and progression of employee expenses through to approval, resolving any coding or VAT issues
  • Input and processing of purchase invoices, through to approval and payment
  • Accurate payment of suppliers and employee expenses through on-line banking system, and subsequent issue of remittance advices
  • Credit card processing and reconciliation
  • Supplier statement reconciliations and general housekeeping of purchase ledger
  • Receiving and monitoring requests for sales invoices, and their subsequent issue to customers, accurately accounting for VAT as appropriate
  • Day to day credit control and housekeeping of sales ledger, including handling customer queries and monthly issue of customer statements
  • Petty cash issue and reconciliation
  • New supplier and customer creation and maintenance, ensuring proper process followed
  • Assisting with weekly and monthly aged creditor and aged debtor reporting
  • Assisting with bank reconciliation and other financial reconciliation tasks as required
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the fixed asset register, including creation of new fixed assets and the capture of all necessary information
  • Supporting the monthly management reporting process and other adhoc reporting, as required
  • Scanning and filing of finance documents
  • Monitoring and filtering of finance email inbox
  • Assistance with annual audit process, as required

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Ability to process finance transactions with high level of accuracy on an ERP system
  • Aptitude for understanding business environment, and its impact on financial transactions
  • Professional and confident telephone manner
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Highly organized, with the ability to manage and prioritise workload in a methodical and proactive way
  • Excellent attention to detail, with strong numerical and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work both independently and effectively as part of a small team
  • Effective communicator, able to interact with non-finance users of finance system, and external third parties via telephone and email
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office applications

 Desired experience

  • AAT Level 3 or similar finance qualification
  • SAP byDesign finance software user
  • Exposure to UK VAT and international trade
  • Experience of working within grant funded organisations


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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