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Senior Accountant

The Company

BenevolentAI unites technology with human intelligence to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines. We have developed the Benevolent Platform®, a drug discovery platform built on powerful data foundations with state of the art machine learning and AI technology. Our technology empowers scientists to decipher the vast and complex code underlying human biology, find new ways to treat disease and personalise medicines to patients. Benevolent has active in-house R&D drug programmes in disease areas such as neurodegeneration, immunology, oncology and inflammation and has research and commercial collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and research organisations. The company is headquartered in London with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

Who we are

We are an eclectic bunch at Benevolent, united by our belief that innovative thinking and purposeful technology can truly change outcomes for the better. Our mission is to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines for patients in need and we do this by applying AI, machine learning and other advanced technologies to reinvent the ways drugs are discovered and developed. We strive to bring together unique skills and perspectives across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI research, informatics, precision medicine and drug discovery.

The Role

The Finance team plays a key role in supporting BenevolentAI’s decisions on the direction of how we deploy our resources, as well as fulfilling the responsibilities of regular finance compliance throughout the year. Your input will be invaluable where you have an eye for accurate detail, take pride in identifying, implementing and completing project improvements and appreciate being part of a professional and collaborative team. At BenevolentAI, we enjoy working proactively across teams on a daily basis to provide clear, concise and useful guidance. You will bring your technical accounting knowledge and understanding of strong process and system controls to complement and build on the Financial Operation team's delivery of good corporate governance and compliance internally and externally to the business. The role reports to the Group Finance Manager, based in the London office (with remote working as required due to current government guidelines).

Primary Responsibilities

Compliance Support
  • Annual Audit - assisting with the interim and year end audit preparation and queries from the Group auditors to enable prompt signing of annual accounts
  • Tax and statutory submissions
  • VAT review - Reviewing VAT postings as part of the month end process to ensure accurate statutory reporting and compliance
  • Annual corporate tax support - to support annual returns
  • Payroll related tax - including tax on benefits
  • Office of National Statistics returns
In-house financial operations support
  • Management Accounts – prepare month-end journals, prepayments and accruals across a number of entities and the reconciliation of key balance sheet accounts. Working closely with the Group Finance Manager to produce the group consolidated monthly Management Accounts and with the FP&A team for their variance analysis.
  • Fixed Assets - management of the fixed assets, their reporting within Netsuite and assisting with IFRS16 adjustments.
  • Group Expenses – administration of the group expenses systems, Expensify/SAP Concur. As recently implemented systems, there is ongoing refinement as well as exploring functional/reporting capabilities.
  • Systems support - support on accounting and expenses platforms to maximise effective and efficient use of existing and future technologies
  • Purchase approvals and controls - supporting the business to ensure the workflow from requisition to invoice posting is controlled and in line with company budgets and authorisation approval policies
  • Advising Group Accounts - Advising the group accounts team on correct accounting postings and investigating differences where required
Finance team and business support
  • Partnering with FP&A team - reviewing transactions for accuracy and identifying efficiencies/improvements in the reporting processes
  • Finance contact across the company – act as a key finance contact for questions coming from non-finance business users in our London and New York offices. Providing answers or directing queries to the right person and being proactive in educating and liaising with others in the business on finance matters in a true business partnering manner .
  • Supporting other Finance processes – Assist other members of the Group Finance team with other analysis, statutory reporting, efficiency projects where relevant.

We are looking for someone with

  • A qualified highly motivated individual who can communicate well at all levels with finance and non-finance individuals
  • Can adapt and embrace change in a fast growth company
  • A team-oriented approach to working
  • Intermediate Excel (Vlookups/Pivots)
  • Strong current technical accounting knowledge
  • Interest in driving systems improvements
  • Keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • Preferred knowledge in tech or scientific industries and start up or SME businesses
  • ACA or CA

Together, we envision a world in which no disease goes untreated. If you are benevolent, curious, want to tackle real world problems and are willing to embrace new ideas, hit that ‘apply’ button and join us.

Important Note

It has come to our attention that unfortunately fraudsters have been falsely offering jobs and set-up fake interviews under the guise of being a Benevolent recruiter. We therefore advise you to be very stringent about who is reaching out to you. Any enquiry from our team will only be made via the email or an email from this domain Please flag any suspicious contact request to