Assistant Management Accountant – Assets & Projects

Job reference:
BAS 21/83
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-ended appointment
Salary from £25,702 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
BAS Cambridge with occasional travel to Swindon
Closing date:
20 June, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


We are seeking an Assistant Management Accountant to help deliver effective and efficient financial support, analysis and reporting for Capital, Assets and Commercial Projects.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet.

Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


  • Deliver effective and efficient financial support, analysis and reporting
  • Work closely with the Finance team, colleagues in UKRI-NERC Swindon and the Shared Service Centre UKSBS
  • Support the Management Accountant for Capital, Assets and Commercial Projects


Part qualified CCAB or equivalent accountant


  •  Provide active support to Management Accountant for Capital/Asset Management and Commercial projects including:

o support the production of management accounts and reporting, including variance analysis
o attend meetings to explain the reports and monitor expenditure and income
o prepare robust forecasts and make strategic decisions
o maintain key reconciliations, spreadsheets and trackers, providing advice and analysis on the financial data
o work with key stakeholders across NERC/UKRI and UKSBS
o set up and maintain cost centres and projects
o assist with asset verification and validation processes
o support asset management, recording and physical verification
o Prepare journals and collate backing papers and evidence to maintain an audit trail

  • Prepare other monthly journals and reconciliations including Bank
  • Personal Accounts Management (including debt collection and Sage Data Entry)
  • Station/Ship Account Processing
  • South Georgia Tax Employee & Employer Returns, FCDO/South Georgia Tax payment Requests
  • Cash Disbursement forecasts to help effective cash management
  • Prepare and submit payment and invoice requests to UKSBS
  • Develop knowledge of relevant rules and guidance and assist in the implementation of relevant Financial Policies
  • Support audit work and year end processes
  • Support other members of the Finance team to help meet team deadlines

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/83
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 20th June 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 5th July 2021

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)


  • - Essential

Communication & Interpersonal skills

  • Good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication (both written and verbal) and problem solving - Essential
  • Ability to build strong working relationships and maintain them across the wider organisation/stakeholder groups - Essential
  • Able to work well within a team but also show initiative, with the ability to work independently - Essential
  • Self-motivated and organised with good time management skills - Essential
  • Experience in dealing with non-finance managers and explaining financial concepts to non-finance staff - Desirable [2]

IT/System Skills

  • Good ICT skills, including MS Office - Essential
  • Knowledge of financial accounting and management reporting systems - Essential
  • Knowledge of Oracle Financials and Sage - Desirable [1]
  • Familiarity with payment mechanism (e.g. WorldPay) - Desirable [2]

Numerical & Decision making

  • Great attention to detail - Essential
  • Excellent numeracy skills - Essential
  • Experience in providing financial advice and guidance for a public sector, academic or research-based organisation - Desirable [1]


  • Part qualified CCAB or equivalent accountant - Essential
  • Evidence of continuous professional development - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Experience of working in Finance particularly completing reconciliations and managing cash/bank accounts - Essential
  • Track record of delivering high quality outputs to tight deadlines - Essential
  • Experience working with capital/fixed asset register - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of project-based accounting – with focus on capital projects - Desirable [3]

Team Player

  • Share knowledge with fellow team members - Essential
  • A team player with the ability to work in a seamless way with colleagues across BAS and NERC/UKRI - Essential

Understanding of control, governance and compliance

  • Ensure compliance with internal and Government Policies - Essential
  • Maintain confidentiality - Essential

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

[email protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.