Closing Date: 13 November 2017
Project: Farming Connect
Location: Aberystwyth
Department: Rural
Salary: 16,679- 18,116
Grade: 2
Manager: Rheolwr Gweithrediadau / Operations Manager
Contract: Dros dro
Bilingual Skills: Essential
If you'd like more information about this post, please contact:
Elliw Hughes
07772 694116

Finance Assistant (temporary)

Farming Connect


Farming Connect is a high profile, integrated project which supplies focussed training, support and advice, delivered through a pan-Wales programme of knowledge transfer activities, specialist advice and support for innovation. A key objective is to increase the emphasis on business-focused behaviour, therefore improving profitability, competitiveness and environmental performance of farm, forestry and food businesses in Wales. 

Farming Connect is funded through the Rural Development Plan 2014 - 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.


Aim of the Role

To assist the Operations Manager with the day-to-day financial management of the project.


Main Responsibilities


  • Assist the Operations Manager to facilitate the financial management of the project with clerical and administrative support

  • Process all purchase invoices from contractors

  • Ensure that invoices are received on time for inclusion in the claims process with attention to the defrayment requirements of Welsh Government

  • Enter invoice details onto the company’s Sage Line50 finance system

  • Assist the Finance Department and Operations Manager in the preparation of Farming Connect claims to Welsh Government

  • Collate all the supporting evidence required for the claims whilst paying due attention to the claims’ and Welsh Government’s requirements

  • Create and maintain Excel spreadsheets to facilitate the project’s financial management

  • Work to tight deadlines


  • Ensure standards for quality, customer service, equality and diversity, health and safety and biosecurity are met

  • Accept other reasonable duties and responsibilities as required

  • Represent Menter a Busnes as required


Skills and Experience


  • Educated to NVQ level 3 or higher, and/or 2 years’ experience in a relevant field

  • Excellent IT skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, databases, E-mail and the Internet

  • Experience of finance work

  • Experience of a finance software package

  • Able to collate and process relevant documents and invoices correctly

  • Able to input data correctly and keep data in compliance with relevant data protection laws

  • Excellent clerical and administrative skills

  • Good interpersonal skills       

  • Able to be proactive and to drive things forward effectively

  • Able to work to tight deadlines

  • Able to work on his/her own as well as within a team

  • Excellent bilingual communication skills (verbal and written)



  • Knowledge of the Farming Connect programme



Interviews will be held for this post at Menter a Busnes’ office in Aberystwyth on Thursday, 16 November 2017.  If this date is inconvenient, please note on your application form.


Closing Date


The closing date for applications is: 10 am, Monday, 13 November 2017





More Information

If you’d like more information about this post, please contact:

Elliw Hughes
07772 694116

How to Apply

Applications for this post can be made by downloading and completing the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form below.

Please return these forms either

  • via email to:
  • or by sending to:  Human Resources Department, Menter a Busnes, Unit 3, Science Park, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AH

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is: 13 November 2017 at 10:00

Equality and Diversity Policy

Our Equality and Diversity Policy can be found in the document below.