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Silence Therapeutics

Finance Accountant

20.09.2021 /

Silence Therapeutics plc is a rapidly expanding bio-technology business with offices in London, Berlin and New Jersey. Listed on AIM in London and on NASDAQ.  Silence create medicines that harness the body’s natural mechanism of RNA interference, or RNAi, to precisely target and silence disease-associated genes. Using our proprietary mRNAi GOLD™ (GalNAc Oligonucleotide Discovery) Platform, we are advancing a growing pipeline of wholly owned programs and partnership programs for diseases with significant unmet need. P&L mainly comprises R&D activity, total annual cost base is c£35m and headcount of 75, including Finance team of comprising nine people.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Performance of key accounts payable processes related activities including:
    • PO set up, processing, updates and queries
    • Scanning purchase invoices
    • Queries re invoices and POs
    • Invoice and payment processing on NAV
    • Bank payment runs
  • Supporting third parties in completion of external German reporting including:
    • Corporation Tax
    • Statutory Accounts
  • Preparation of other external German reporting including:
    • VAT Returns & Sales Lists
    • Statistical Reporting
  • Credit card set up, queries, statement reconciliation for local employees
  • Expenses - handling and processing claims for local employees
  • Preparation of reconciliations (Balance Sheet Account Reconciliations; Bank reconciliations; VAT reconciliations)
  • Support with month end activities
  • Assist supply chain with inventory movements and validation of receipt of cost and quantities
  • Support in other compliance and ad hoc finance related requests

Person Specification:

The Finance Accountant will be able to demonstrate the following competencies and behaviours:

  • Experience of using ERP systems for day-to-day accounting purposes – experience of using Microsoft Navision considered a significant plus
  • Strong knowledge of local German reporting requirements for companies and experience of reporting within these frameworks
  • Strong communication skills (including strong English language abilities and fluency in written and spoken German a must)
  • Ability to collaborate well with others within a fast-paced Finance team
  • Experience of working with third party service providers and consultants
  • Enthusiastic and proactive attitude

Desirable competencies:

  • Able to work under pressure, manage different projects and deliver to defined timelines
  • Advocates continuous improvement
  • Builds strong relationships with colleagues from different disciplines by carefully listening to others’ ideas and view and discussing these thoroughly
  • Actively creates or contributes to a culture of collaboration to achieve a common goal; able to guide, develop and motivate others
  • Clearly understands the goals of own work and shows a strong will and sense of responsibility in achieving them; leads by example.
  • Demonstrable interest in biotechnology / life sciences an advantage
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