Interim Finance Manager (maternity leave cover) - Part Time

We connect. Celestia.

We are an international, multi technology group focused on continuous innovation in spacecraft communications. We deliver technology products, systems and services to the space, defence, telecoms and satellite markets, investing in research and development to give our customers a true competitive edge. We are experts in RF Engineering, Ground Station Systems, Payload Simulation and Testing and IoT and offer a fully integrated Ground Station installation approach.

Global in reach, our multi-disciplined teams create smart responses to communications challenges using new ideas, new technologies and new ways of thinking. For over 25 years, our business has been synonymous with world-class innovation, quality and engineering excellence with a customer focus.


Celestia UK

Celestia UK is building the next generation of satellite communication antennas to bring very high data throughput between ground-based equipment and satellites. We are working with the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency to develop a fully electronic scanning ground station, so no moving parts, that is capable of tracking and communicating simultaneously with multi satellites. 

The new applications of these antennas cut across numerous markets including rural broadband internet, airborne communications, autonomous transport, facilities automation, earth observation, remote healthcare and education.

We are part of the Celestia Technologies Group (CTG), an international technology group with an extensive research and development activity, that is delivering a portfolio of innovative technology solutions.  These solutions are used by our customers in the Aerospace, Defence, Telecommunications and Scientific markets.

An opportunity has come up to due to maternity leave within the team, to hire a highly motivated Interim Finance Manager with good inter-personal skills and a positive attitude.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to building an inclusive welcoming work environment where everyone is happy, productive and able to maximise their individual potential.  This role is currently not open to candidates that require a permit to work in the UK.

Interim Finance Manager (maternity leave cover)

What will your job look like?

Our ideal candidate can quickly grasp the various areas of finance operations and manage competing priorities and deadlines within our small Finance team.

The position will report to the CEO and manage a team of one Assistant Finance Manager. The role will be based in our Edinburgh office at Heriot Watt Research Park.

This is a part-time role for 2-3 days per week, to cover a maternity leave period of 12-18 months.


This position is evolutionary in a growing business, and the below description is indicative of the tasks required to be performed currently.

Day-to-day activities

  • Lead the Finance function, ensuring internal and external deadlines are adhered to
  • Review and approval of invoices
  • Review and approve payments
  • Review of bank reconciliations
  • Review of payroll
  • Management of small foreign subsidiary finance and finance team
  • Support the streamlining of finance operational procedures to reduce the potential for errors and minimise risk

Monthly/quarterly/annual reporting

  • Calculation of complex revenue recognition, with elements of accrued and deferred income
  • Liaison with project managers on project budgets
  • Reviewing accruals and prepayments calculations and journals
  • Review of fixed asset register
  • Review of monthly payroll
  • Review of cash flow reporting and forecast cash flow
  • Review of management accounts
  • Review of grant claim reporting
  • Lead R&D tax credit preparation and submission, in conjunction with external advisors

Other responsibilities

  • Key Senior Finance contact within the business
  • Liaison with wider Group Finance functions and Group CFO
  • Key liaison with external auditors and other external advisors
  • Determining impact of new processes, products or decisions on Finance function and acting accordingly
  • Monitor for operational problems and roadblocks, taking immediate mitigation action where possible and escalating to wider management team when required.
  • Work alongside the CEO and the Director of Operations to plan for business improvements
  • Support the CEO and other management team with ad hoc requests

Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Professional accounting qualification desired, but qualification by experience will be considered
  • Excellent technical accounting knowledge
  • Experience of external audits
  • Highly organised and flexible
  • Competent using MS Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Confident and clear communicator, both written and verbally


  • Background working within a manufacturing business
  • Experience working in an international group
  • Experience with Xero and/or ERPs

If this is you, we welcome you to apply!

What we offer

  • Generous annual leave - 25 days plus bank holidays
  • Employer pension contributions of 4%
  • Sick Pay
  • Flexible working hours
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A fun and friendly working environment with company events throughout the year
  • An office that is easy to access by car and by public transport

We prefer to work at the office, with occasional travel to our international sites. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to building an inclusive welcoming work environment where everyone is happy, productive, and able to maximise their individual potential.

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Information & procedure

If case you would like to apply, please send in your application (motivation and resumé) via the Apply here button.

This role is not open to applicants who require UK work permit or sponsorship.