Job Description

Sussex Innovation is looking for a Payroll Accountant and Bookkeeper to join its Finance team, who deliver accountancy services to a diverse range of clients.
We are a business incubation network, supporting entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups across the South East from our headquarters at the University of Sussex campus. Our members are ambitious companies who are innovators in their fields – solving important problems in new ways. We give founders the strategic insight to help them grow their business and provide practical resources and services to help manage that growth sustainably.

The main duties of this role are to assist with the payroll processing and bookkeeping duties for our clients and tenants, which includes:

  • Processing payrolls for Sussex Innovation and 15 other companies, including the administration of pension schemes
  • Submission of payroll to HMRC on time, dealing with tax year end P11D reporting for Sussex Innovation and any other companies that have P11D responsibilities
  • P60 reporting at tax year end
  • Assisting with the preparation of management accounts
  • Assisting with the preparation of year end working papers
  • Credit control
  • Monthly sales invoicing
  • BACS payment runs
  • VAT returns and reconciliations

Person specification

The ideal candidate will be professional, ambitious and have a strong educational record. You should have at least two years’ experience in payroll and bookkeeping, with previous exposure to our software systems, which include:

  • Sage 50 Accounts Professional
  • Xero
  • Microsoft Office (particularly Excel)

Salary and benefits

Salary circa £22-28k per annum, depending on experience, for a full-time position. You will be rewarded with a fantastic opportunity to progress your career in accounting within a friendly and supportive company culture.

We offer a competitive package of benefits, including a flexible work policy, access to a private healthcare scheme, generous holidays increasing with service, life assurance and staff discounts to any of the available on-site services such as Sussex Sport.

Parking, bike storage and electric vehicle charging are available, and the offices are very accessible by public transport. University campus facilities also include an Ofsted rated Outstanding Nursery; Little Pioneers, which is directly opposite our building.


We have centres based at the University of Sussex (Falmer, close to Brighton), East Croydon (opposite the station) and one in development at Brighton (next to the station). Successful candidates will be primarily based at our Falmer office, but may be expected to visit our other sites on occasion.

Equal opportunities

Sussex Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

How to apply
If you meet the essential criteria outlined above, we invite you to send your application as soon as possible, to Jane Baker at, enclosing your C.V.

No agencies please.