Agri-EPI Centre (short for Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre) is one of four Agri-Tech centres (Agri-Tech Centres) established by the UK government in 2015. Agri-EPI Centre focuses on the delivery of research, development, demonstration and training on precision agriculture and engineering for the livestock, arable, horticulture and aquaculture sectors. Agri-EPI receive £5.8m government funding and are headquartered in Edinburgh.
Agri-tech is the use of technology for farming that is developed to improve efficiency and profitability and Agri-EPI Centre is the ‘go to’ enabler of innovation in precision agriculture.
They are a member-based organisation and currently work with more than 200 members to deliver Research and Development projects in agriculture by way of our four UK Hubs (Edinburgh, Newport - Shropshire, Shepton Mallet - Somerset and Cranfield – Bedfordshire) - each developing its own distinct Agri-Tech focus.
Agri-EPI have also invested in a Farm Network in the UK and internationally. The farms are testbeds for research and development to aid the development of solutions that improve productivity and operational efficiency within the sector. The network measures variances in production yields within each farming system using cutting-edge precision agriculture equipment and sensors.
The Agri-EPI Centre Vision is Transforming, driving growth and supporting innovative solutions to help farmers and agri-food businesses become more sustainable and proﬁtable. Their work is about providing scientiﬁcally robust and commercially viable solutions to improve productivity and sustainability within the food production system using cutting-edge precision technologies, robotics and autonomous solutions and engineering technologies, and using data to reduce variance at producer level.
Agri-EPI are looking to appoint a new hands-on Management Accountant on a permanent basis. It is essential that this individual demonstrates the capabilities of being an effective finance professional with a keen eye for detail. It is also important to have a good level of knowledge of accounting principles focusing on processing, preparing and reporting on month-end accounts.
The successful individual will be a part or fully qualified accountant (ACCA, CIMA, or equivalent) with a proven track record of preparing management accounts whilst working closely on budgets and forecasts. It is suited to experience within a charitable, public sector, academic or SME commercial organisation.
This is a varied role where no two days are the same. The post-holder will be required to attend their state-of-the-art premises to perform their duties (in combination with flexible working), as well as visit their other sites across the UK. As well as working with some amazing colleagues across Agri-EPI, they offer a range of other benefits to ensure our staff feel as valued as they are.
- Produce management accounts, budgets, forecasts and financial analysis
- Prepare Balance Sheet and Income Statement reconciliations
- Prepare, review and submit VAT returns
- Maintain the fixed asset register, recording additions, disposals and impairments
- Assist with the preparation of the cash flow plans, budgets and forecasting
- Assist with Corporation Tax and R&D tax credit calculations
The successful candidate will be a part or fully qualified accountant who is extremely hands-on, with excellent finance capabilities and commercial acumen to support the ongoing development of both the finance team and the business as a whole.
- Experienced Finance professional with good interpersonal skills
- Strong financial analysis skills
- Ability to effectively manage a demanding workload
- Able to solve problems and recommend improvements to existing processes
- Strong Microsoft Excel skills
- Previous experience in a grant-funded organisation is preferred, but not essential
To find out more about the remuneration available, please contact Will Dodds at [email protected].