Summary of the role

Sussex Innovation is recruiting for an assistant management accountant. You’ll be part of a finance team that provides accounting services in-house and to a variety of different growing start-ups who make up our membership. Reporting to our Head of Finance, you will ensure that deliverables for our clients and ourselves are accurate and on time, including bookkeeping, VAT returns, balance sheet reconciliations or any other financial assistance.

What we are looking for:

This role would suit a part-qualified candidate with experience of working in practice or for a busy accounts department with knowledge of cashbook / ledger maintenance, reconciliations and confident in managing high volumes of data. You will have strong systems and IT skills and excellent attention to detail, and as an assistant management accountant, you must have a good understanding of double-entry bookkeeping and accounting adjustments.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Improving and streamlining processes for new and existing clients.
  • Bookkeeping for clients as well as in-house.
  • Filing of VAT Returns.
  • Ability to liaise with clients regarding technical aspects of accounting along with developing a strong working relationship.
  • Preparation of balance sheet reconciliation as well as year-end working papers.
  • Ad-hoc tasks, including support with audits.
  • Opportunity to be part of internally held workshops and training.
  • Working alongside the wider support team to bring financial/accounting knowledge to joint projects.

Essential capabilities include:

  • Part-qualified or studying towards ACCA qualification.
  • Proven experience working in a similar role.
  • Strong knowledge of financial accounting principles and practice.
  • Intermediate Excel skills.

Desirable capabilities include:

  • Experience using Xero software.


  • Competitive Salary: c.£40,000 pro rata per annum (depending on experience)
  • 25 days holiday increasing with service
  • Flexible and Hybrid Working
  • Private health insurance
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Local Discounts

Location: You will be based at our Sussex Innovation headquarters on the University of Sussex campus in Falmer (close to Brighton) with opportunities to work remotely.

Equal opportunities: Sussex Innovation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive equal consideration for employment irrespective of race, origin, colour, disability, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy or marital status. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please note that you will be required to demonstrate your right to work in the UK.

Disability-Friendly Employer: As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Reasonable Adjustments: If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team via or by phoning us on 01273 704400 and speaking with the hiring manager.

How to Apply

We invite you to fill in the application form below; please include your CV, covering letter, and answer the three additional questions to help us get to know you better. Your application should provide evidence showing you meet the specification criteria, including examples of your relevant skills, abilities, experience, and knowledge which will enable you to carry out the job effectively. Please include experience gained through paid and unpaid work experience, education, training, and any hobbies and/or interests.

If you have any questions about the application form or process, please email  “Assistant Management Accountant Application Questions” along with your name in the email subject to

Strictly no agencies.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.