Graduate Accounts Assistant - Cambridgeshire


Ref: MA51723

£27,000 - £28,000 + study support

Our client is a well-funded and privately-held biotechnology company based near Cambridge. Due to the organic growth and early success of the company, it is now looking to grow its in-house Finance team and hire a high-quality Accounts Assistant. This role will support the Finance Manager and play an integral part in the day-to-day running of the business. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a growing and entrepreneurial biotech company at an exciting point in its development. You will be working with a highly experienced Board of Directors, supported by a successful investor base.


  • Working closely with the Finance Manager, Finance Director and other members of the wider company.
  • Ensuring that all bank transactions are accurately recorded and payments allocated in a timely fashion.
  • Daily coding and processing of purchase ledger invoices.
  • Ensuring that the PO system is implemented and adhered to and matching invoices from suppliers with purchase orders to ensure that prices and costs are agreed in advance.
  • Obtaining approval for payments and arranging weekly payments by BACS for proper authorisation and recording in line with company policies.
  • Preparing cash book payments (HMRC etc) and intercompany bank transfers for authorisation using the online banking system.
  • Processing monthly staff expenses and corporate card transactions to ensure that all receipts are provided and that costs conform to company policy. 
  • Coding, processing, monitoring and analysing monthly credit card expenditure.
  • Taking responsibility for all supplier queries by investigating, responding, and progressing any issues to a successful conclusion in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring that all creditor accounts are reconciled and completing aged creditor reports on a monthly basis. 
  • Assisting in the production of month-end journals for accruals, intercompany charges, and payroll, taking complete ownership of prepayments.
  • Audit preparation – downloading and annotating bank statements and collating prepaid invoices, fixed assets invoices etc on a monthly basis. 
  • VAT preparation – preparing VAT reclaim returns for review by the Financial Controller.
  • Processing board members' expenses as required and preparing payment for reimbursements.
  • Ensuring that all filing is completed immediately for every task.
  • Assisting with the fixed asset register.
  • Assisting in budgeting and forecasting on a yearly basis. 
  • Fulfilling any ad hoc requests for analysis. 


  • Strong academic background.
  • A minimum of 9 month's previous experience within a Finance team.
  • Currently studying towards an accounting qualification.
  • Experience working within an SME environment. 
  • Attentive to detail, data integrity, and accuracy.
  • Fast-paced, ambitious, and with the desire to develop both their study and their operational experience.
  • Able to interact with colleagues across the business.


To apply for this role, please use the Apply button, or alternatively, email your CV to Melanie Ravi: quoting reference MA51723.

Please note that due to the expected volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to those candidates whose experience matches the requirements of our client. We are sorry, but if you have not heard from us within the next ten days, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Walker Hamill has been a specialist finance and strategy recruiter for over 30 years. We have an extensive client group, including major multinational listed organisations, private equity backed businesses and privately owned companies. We recruit across all sectors and have particularly strong client relationships in media, retail, pharma/biotech, technology, property/real estate, leisure and business services. Headquartered in London, we have additional offices in continental Europe. For more information, please see

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