Financial Controller

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Finance

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 11 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

  • Professional management and development of a small but effective finance team, including two direct reports.
  • Lead on the production of monthly management accounts within 10 working days of each month-end, including comments for Board reports.
  • Oversee the production of monthly project reports for issue to project managers, ensuring accurate revenue recognition and cost allocation, in line with each project’s costing model.
  • Oversee the production of monthly departmental and programme reports, and other helpful and meaningful information to the wider business.
  • Ensure sufficient segregation of duties and internal controls are in place to minimise the risk of error and fraud; and ensure payment runs are completed regularly and receipt of income is received in a timely manner.
  • Monitor, forecast and report on cash flow.
  • Oversee the preparation and conduct of the annual external audit, overseeing the production of statutory accounts in accordance with FRS102.
  • Primary responsibility for company tax compliance, to include corporate, payroll and indirect taxes.
  • Oversee reporting to Innovate UK and other funding bodies including grant claims.
  • Review, understand and provide input into the annual budget and company forecasts (performed by Strategy Manager).
  • Involvement in new bid and sales opportunities, including supporting business development teams from time to time.
  • Actively foster the reputation of the department as reliable, flexible, on time and willing to rise to challenges.
  • Support the company in collecting the information required to report KPIs.
  • Deputise for the Head of Finance in representing the company at meetings of the other Catapult companies.

The above list is not exhaustive and other tasks will be allocated from time to time.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • ACA/CIMA/ACCA qualified
  • 3-5 years post qualification industry experience, ideally with experience gained in finance manager/business partner role in a dynamic industry.
  • Experience of managing a small team
  • Ability to take a hands on approach.
  • Enthusiastic with adaptable mindset and able to challenge existing methods of working
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills: a team player.
  • High degree of IT literacy, including advanced excel skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and work to deadlines/under pressure.
  • Ability to influence key decision makers and to challenge when necessary.
  • An interest in financial compliance and accounting standards.

Desired Experience 

  • Previous experience with SAP Business by Design, or similar ERP system.
  • Project costing and reporting, including oversight of timesheet submission.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual to further their career within an innovative and forward thinking environment. This role would suit someone who has been in a similar position for a few years or someone wanting to progress to the next stage of their career. The successful candidate will gain vast experience working overseeing the end to end production of the management accounts. The individual will interact with all areas of the business and will be able to put their own stamp on the role.


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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