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Financial Controller

Overview of Role

Rothamsted Enterprises seek an experienced Financial Controller to oversee all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budget and forecast preparation, and the creation of internal control policies and procedures.

This is a new role for the organisation as REL is now bringing the finance team in house. The role will report directly into the CEO and will be required to attend quarterly board meetings and lead on the annual financial audit. The responsibilities of the Finance Controller will also include financial risk management.

About The Company

Rothamsted Enterprises Limited (REL) was established in 2015 by its shareholders, Lawes Agricultural Trust, Rothamsted Research and BBSRC. Rothamsted Enterprise is a commercial organisation that generates income which is gifted back to the partners to contribute to the ongoing science and research undertaken by Rothamsted Research.

REL’s Key strategic objectives are

  • To foster relationships on and offsite to
  • To facilitate opportunities for collaboration and growth and deliver impact to
  • To Align ourselves with Government priorities

Our portfolio includes:

  • Office and Lab spaces to rent to start up business
  • A modern conference centre
  • A campus café
  • A Grade 1 listed Manor house

Our team culture is supportive, friendly, honest, hardworking, and ambitious. We have a strong commitment to learning and development, equality, and diversity. An attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, a generous pension scheme, with salary sacrifice option. An attractive campus close to nature, offering walks and recreational activities – such as tennis courts, and a small gym. The campus offers free parking and excellent transport links.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all accounting operations, including Billing, Invoicing, Accounts Payable, General Ledger, & management account reporting
  • Coordinate and direct the formulation of the budget and financial projections, as well as the reporting of variances
  • Prepare and publish monthly financial statements in a timely manner
  • Quarterly Board report preparation & attendance at meetings
  • Monitoring & balancing of cash flows
  • Facilitate& manage the month-end and year-end close processes
  • Maintain quality assurance over financial transactions and reporting
  • Manage and comply with accounting & tax filing requirements (including VAT returns)
  • Develop, document & maintain business processes and accounting policies in order to preserve and bolster internal controls
  • Ad hoc project work as required

KPI

  • To increase opportunities for improvement in the finance process
  • To run a successful annual audit with no more than 5 Management recommendations
  • To ensure business operates with an agreed level of cash in the bank
  • To ensure debtors are managed within the agreed limit

Requirements and Skills

  • Proven experience in the role of Financial Controller
  • Five or more years of comprehensive accounting and finance experience
  • Advanced education in Accountancy – ACA, ACCA, ACMA
  • Comprehensive understanding of accounting principles and procedures
  • Experience with financial statement preparation
  • Experience with general ledger functions and month-end & year-end close
  • Outstanding accounting software administration and user skills

About the Company

Rothamsted Enterprises Limited (REL) was established in 2015 by its shareholders, Lawes Agricultural Trust, Rothamsted Research and BBSRC. Rothamsted Enterprise is a commercial organisation that generates income which is gifted back to the partners to contribute to the ongoing science and research undertaken by Rothamsted Research. 

REL’s Key strategic objectives are:
  • To ensure financial sustainability
  • To foster relationships on and offsite
  • To facilitate opportunities for collaboration and growth and deliver impact
  • To Align ourselves with Government priorities 

Our portfolio includes:

  • Office and Lab spaces to rent to start up business
  • A modern conference centre
  • A campus café
  • A Grade 1 listed Manor house

Our team culture is supportive, friendly, honest, hardworking, and ambitious.  We have a strong commitment to learning and development, equality, and diversity. An attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays; a generous pension scheme, with salary sacrifice option; an attractive campus close to nature, offering walks and recreational activities – such as tennis courts, and a small gym; the campus offers free parking and excellent transport links.

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About the Company

Rothamsted Enterprises was established in 2015 with four key business areas in our portfolio: Rothamsted Agri-Tech Business Centre; Rothamsted Manor; Rothamsted Conference Centre and Rothamsted Restaurant.

We have a variety of office and lab spaces for rent as well as a newly refurbished hotdesking hub, a superb, spacious conference centre, a popular local café, and a Grade 1 listed weddings and events venue.

Rothamsted Enterprises is built on a strong, diverse, and financially sound platform that capitalises on the facilities on site and our excellent transport links.

We are proud to be part of the Rothamsted family – a campus steeped in agricultural science history thanks to the discoveries of our founder Sir John Lawes and all that have followed in his footsteps.

Our team culture is supportive, friendly, honest, hardworking and ambitious.

​​Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees. We have an attractive benefits package including 28 days annual leave (incl bank holidays), free lunch and hot drink daily from the café, discounts on other food and drink purchases, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus close to nature, offering walks and recreational activities – such as tennis courts, and a small gym. 

Rothamsted Enterprises is a commercial entity owned by the Lawes Agricultural Trust, Rothamsted Research and BBSRC. The income generated is gifted back to the partners to ensure long-term financial sustainability for science and research.
Our role:

  • To ensure financial sustainability
  • To foster relationships
  • To facilitate opportunities for collaboration and deliver impact

 

Our Core Values

Our values are extremely important to us all and it’s no coincidence that the acronym for our values is RARE.

Relationships

Relationships are one of the four pillars of the Rothamsted Enterprises brand. We actively develop and nurture internal relationships. We feel proud of Rothamsted Enterprises as a great place to work. We are a supportive team, both onsite to clients, tenants and staff, and externally to new prospects and referrers. We thrive on building new partnerships with tenants, external businesses, internal stakeholders and staff. We facilitate and enable collaboration, through the Incubation Centre and Innovation Hub, through the conferences we deliver, through our close relationship with Rothamsted Research, and through being a business meeting point locally.

Acceleration

Rothamsted Enterprises enables innovation and collaboration, to drive forward agritech research from agritech businesses, which will ultimately deliver new science. We can support these businesses by providing them with access to world-class scientific facilities and services. We are an integral part of the Rothamsted Campus, to change the world together. As an organisation, we accelerate learning and facilitate business growth by giving our tenants access to strategic partners and investors as well as extensive training opportunities.

Results

The financial results of Rothamsted Enterprises are a key focus for the whole team. We enable and create impact on society through innovation and collaboration. We create employment in the local community and provide excellent career opportunities and job satisfaction for our people. We aim to achieve occupancy rates of 80% in our event venues. We want to achieve growth across the portfolio, increased brand awareness and enquiry numbers. Importantly, this growth should be via us securing the right type of business and clients. We are each of us developing successful relationships with staff, clients, tenants, local, regional and national businesses, and the international agritech community. We want happy customers internally and externally. As a business, we will deliver on clients’ needs, get things done and be a solutions provider. We will exceed expectations through a strong attention to detail and ensure Rothamsted Enterprises is valued by all stakeholders and target audiences.

Excellence

Excellence flows throughout Rothamsted Enterprises offerings. Whether that’s our state-of-the-art conferencing and events facilities, the experience that clients and tenants have when they choose us, our gold standard customer service provided by our highly-experienced team of experts. Our facilities are of the highest standard – cleanliness, food, customer service, flexibility of use of our space, using the latest technology. Our excellent staff training ensures this. Our people show integrity, always. Our clients enjoy an excellent return on investment when they choose us and that drives customer retention and repeat business. We represent good value across all our offerings. Our people focus on attention to detail, understanding and delivering according to clients’ bespoke needs and requirements. We pride ourselves on individual attention.