AGI Group
Royston, UK
Competitive salary
04 May 2021
07 May 2021
Job role
Experience level
Part qualified
IntroductionAsahi Glassplant UK Ltd. (AGI UK) is a subsidiary of Asahi Glassplant Inc (AGI), Japan. AGI specialises in providing premium quality chemical processing equipment from laboratory scale to manufacturing scale. Our wide range of products serve all chemistry sectors but especially the pharmaceutical industry. AGI was founded in 1950, is the market leader in Japan and now employs over 700 people.

AGI is chosen by over 2,400 companies worldwide because of our technically advanced products, excellent after sales service and highly capable engineering. We are rapidly growing in the international market. Visit for more information.

AGI UK's head office and electromechanical assembly facilities are based in Royston, Hertfordshire and we have a glass fabrication facility in Sutton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire. AGI UK is responsible for sales within the EMEA region but manufactures scientific instruments and scientific glassware that is sold globally via the AGI group.

Following the acquisition of Cambridge Glassblowing, Syrris and Glass Solutions in 2019, AGI UK employs 55 people in the UK and is now the global centre for AGI's new product development. AGI is proud of the excellent quality of products and service we offer to our customers; you have a unique opportunity to be a part of our fast-growing business. We offer a dynamic working environment where your skill set will be highly valued and encouraged to expand and explore your capabilities.

OverviewHaving undergone substantial growth in the last 12 months, AGI UK is looking to expand its finance team with a senior finance role, to ensure that the core data and controls are robust and continually value adding.

The role will report into the Head of Finance for AGI UK and work within a dedicated, high performing finance team. The ideal candidate will be a good team player, comfortable in making decisions and possess the ability to work independently to complete tasks.

Job briefThe Accountant will be responsible for managing the data integrity, government reporting and month-end closing.

To be successful in this role, the Accountant should possess a proven background in a similar role, ideally within the SME sector.

Ultimately, you will help AGI UK grow by ensuring our finance data and systems are accurate and efficient. You will also be expected to thrive whilst upholding and promoting the AGI mission and values https //

RequirementsResponsibilitiesResponsibilitiesDuties will include but are not limited to
  • Act as first point of contact for finance questions
  • Ensure accurate daily cashflow recording and monthly forecasting
  • Maintain accurate VAT accounting records; ensuring the company is compliant in all legislation changes and implementing any change accordingly
  • Perform monthly closing duties & assist the finance team with their tasks when required
  • Prepare monthly balance sheet reconciliations; E.G fixed assets, bank, prepayments, accruals etc.
  • Maintain monthly intercompany reconciliations (both national and international entities)
  • Preparation and processing of regular and ad-hoc journals
  • Help maintain financial policies and procedures for the company
  • Support the production of new financial KPIs and help drive the operational teams to improve performance

Role Requirements
  • Successful, proven experience in relevant finance roles.
  • Core understanding of UK GAAP
  • Experience using Sage Line 50
  • Group accounting knowledge & experience
  • Cost centre accounting
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (pivot tables, index look-ups, nested formulas etc...)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail resulting in consistent, reliable information
  • Ability to work independently ensuring high quality output
  • Relevant accountancy qualification (part qualified will be considered)

Additional Desired (but Not Essential)
  • Experience using Netsuite would be advantageous (currently Sage Line 50)
  • SQL / Microsoft query reporting skills

BenefitsStaff benefits include 25 days paid holiday per year (not including bank holidays), pension scheme and private health insurance.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Asahi Glassplant UK Ltd.

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