We are continually searching for high calibre professionals to work within the following teams:

  • Project Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing

Current Opportunities

Business Development Director

ASTECH PROJECTS is an award winning UK engineering company developing custom robotics and automation solutions for a global blue chip customer base.

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Business Development Director.


The role has several objectives. One of these is to increase sales with new as well as existing customers for custom, ‘one off’ and repeat build system solutions within the LifeSciences market and other R&D sectors. This part of the role will be predominantly field based, focussed on new business development, which will involve a degree of overseas travel.

Another key part of the role is Product Development, discovering gaps in the market for new products and driving the development of such products. A good understanding of the market and competitors will be essential for this role. This will involve working closely with Astech’s engineering teams to communicate customer expectations and taking primary responsibility for the delivery of innovative and competitive products that are both profitable and beneficial to the growth of Astech’s business and automation expertise.

With new products available, the BDD will be expected to forge new relationships with distributors and vendors to increase OEM sales and explore other opportunities.

Additionally, the BDD will work closely with the marketing department to generally improve the business’s marketing presence and ensure marketing and sales are working together as efficiently as possible.

Essential Criteria

  • Degree qualified, 2:1 or above
  • Significant sales and business development experience
  • Commercial appreciation
  • Proven sales performance record
  • Highly motivated
  • Willingness to travel
  • Lead/opportunity development skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Science or Engineering degree
  • Robotics and automation industry experience, preferably laboratory automation

Salary negotiable + O.T.E. + company car, pension and private medical cover

To apply contact Kerry Glover at

Financial Controller

Financial Controller Duties

  • Reports to local Astech management and holding company in Germany (matrix structure)
  • Forms part of the German based Corporate Controlling Team
  • Project Controlling: Monitors ongoing projects, including maintenance contracts, by working with our Project Managers and verifying:
    • Booked costs
    • Incurred costs
    • Estimated cost of completion
  • Works closely with Project Managers and Projects Director to maximize project profits and operational efficiency
  • Calculates project revenue recognition based on Work in Progress (WIP) assessment
  • Challenges Project Managers to identify potential risks and enforce savings
  • Produces monthly P&L and balance sheets (including WIP adjustments) in both Astech’s local Opera 3 accounting system and the group’s leading reporting system; LucaNet
  • Produces Sales Analytics – monitors Order Income and Order Backlog
  • Monitors Quotation pipeline and produces forecast based on probabilities and project spend profiles
  • Sets up and produces precise Rolling P&L Forecasts (month and year end)
  • Analyzes and comments on deviations to previous months, forecasts and budgets, providing early warnings when necessary
  • Monitors cash balances
  • Monitors accounts payables and receivables
  • Sets up and produces rolling 12 month cash flow forecasts
  • Supervises payroll process including company stakeholder pensions
  • Leads annual budgeting procedure
    • Deals with auditors
    • German Gaap adjustments
  • Becomes main contact with Astech’s Chartered Accountants, responsible for:
    • Acounting
    • VAT
    • Corporation Tax
    • Patent Box/R&D tax credit applications
  • Prepares and handles AGM documentation
  • Files statutory documents at Companies House
  • Monitors HMRC and UK Customs and Excise payments
  • Contributes to Business Development planning and monitors implementation of plans together with local and corporate management
  • Responsibilities

    • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts and report variances
    • Prepare and publish timely monthly financial statements
    • Coordinate the preparation of regulatory reporting
    • Support month-end and year-end close process
    • Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
    • Analyze and improve business processes and optimize workflows
    • Support further M&A activities
    • Manage the business support (finance) team – 1.5 staff
    • Requirements

      • Proven working experience as a Controller in Project Business Environment
      • 3-5 years of overall combined accounting and finance experience
      • Recognised accounting qualification
      • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures
      • Experience with creating financial statements
      • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year end close process
      • Accounting software user and administration skills
      • People Skills
      • Passion and understanding of technical equipment/engineering – may benefit from a background in science/engineering

      To apply contact Kerry Glover at