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A Project Accountant to join our team

Project Accountant

The perfect candidate for this position will be someone who is keen to make a significant impact on Catalyst’s strategic plan by enhancing and building upon financial systems and delivering a high-level service. Strong accuracy, advanced excel skills and prior experience of producing project reports will be essential in making this role a success.

Key Information

  • Fixed-term contract until the end of December 2023 (with a possibility of extension)
  • Competitive salary up to £45,000
  • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available)
  • Reporting to the Interim Director of Finance
  • Closing Monday 12th June at 12noon


Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities


  • Create project accounts in the accounting system.
  • Support the risk management process, Including supporting the review of department risk registers.
  • Support the interim Director of Finance in the annual budget-setting process.
  • Investigate project variances and submit variance reports to management.
  • Report on project profitability and budget position to management
  • Respond to requests for more detail from stakeholders.
  • Compile relevant information and support the delivery of both internal and external audits.
  • Monthly reporting of capital projects and management of EU and local/national government funding.
  • Support in the submission of grant applications and submission of grant claims.
  • Cost control including service charge cost reporting.
  • Undertaking any other reasonable duties which fall within the remit of this role.

Essential Criteria

  • Fully qualified accountant and current member of a recognised accountancy body.
  • Minimum of 2 years post qualification experience in a busy accounts function.
  • Experience of working with Sage 50 or similar financial software package.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • High level of attention to detail

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in successful management and delivery of EU and government funded projects.
  • ​Experience in business and entrepreneurship.
  • ​Knowledge of construction related projects.
  • ​Advanced Excel skills
  • ​Experience using Power BI

Special Requirements

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not for profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build a connected innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland.

    The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides.

    We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish.

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they’re part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces.

    We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we’re proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving Silver status.

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community.

  • Working at Catalyst

    Catalyst is Northern Ireland’s most exciting employer. With a strong purpose of creating world class innovation communities in Northern Ireland, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage.

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

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