Monitoring & Compliance Officer

Salary: £27,000 - £30,000

Company: CIEL

Closing Date: January 17, 2020

Job Title: Monitoring & Compliance Officer

Reports to: Financial Controller

Salary: £27,000 – £30,000 (salary will be pro rata) dependent on skills and experience

Job Status: Full time or Part Time (0.8 FTE considered) Permanent

Location: York, North Yorkshire


The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) is one of the UK’s 4 Agri-Tech Centres. Our purpose is to provide a single gateway for the support and delivery of industry-led innovative livestock research.

We’ve been doing this since 2016 working with partners in industry, universities and government.

Along with our sister Centres we are supporting the UK economy through the creation of new jobs, along with new technology, driving UK research innovation, ways of working and exports, and we are part of making sure that the UK agrifood sector is world-class.

Our work is centred to benefit the UK, but our people engage both nationally and internationally. We do this from our home in York where we have a small, passionate and committed team based at the Science Park next to the University.

We’re looking for someone to join our growing team in the role of Monitoring & Compliance Officer.

This is a key role for CIEL, focussed on supporting the delivery of projects and driving the quality of exploitation reporting with our university partners. These are the world class facilities that allow CIEL’s members and stakeholders to create a direct link between science and practice to enable broader, faster and deeper innovation uptake in the livestock sectors.
To do this role you need to be organised, self-directing, and very detail orientated. You’ll need strong interpersonal skills and the ability to be consistent and persistent while maintaining good relationships. You’ll have a solid understanding of project management techniques and, ideally, some science background or experience in agriculture. You’ll have a genuine curiosity about the work and a desire to know more.

CIEL is a small team with a wide reach. To be part of CIEL you will need to be someone who embraces change, enjoys being part of delivering on a nationally important agenda, is process orientated and loves being part of a busy and welcoming team.

If you want to find out more, and/or you’d like to apply please contact


The Monitoring & Compliance Officer is responsible for engaging with CIEL’s academic partners to support their monthly reporting on spend, asset utilisation and project programmes.

They will take responsibility for requesting, collecting and collating all required data in line with reporting and forecasting deadlines. Ensuring consistent use across the company and maximising the impact of information received.

There will be the requirement to develop and establish effective and efficient processes, requesting and analysing data and making recommendations for streamlining other related systems.

They will need to prepare written and verbal reports on progress and be able to present these in our monthly audit meetings. To facilitate this, they may occasionally need to visit member sites to complete audits on physical assets.

In addition, they will be involved in supporting other projects ensuring that project reporting requirements are met and forecasts are maintained where necessary.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as the primary liaison for asset data with our partner members.
  • Develop and maintain a schedule of data requests and submissions in line with the Monitoring Officer report schedule.
  • Develop good working relationships with key personnel in member organisations and chase overdue or incomplete information.
  • Liaise with internal team members to get up to date information on developments, funding and grants.
  • Identify & distribute key developments and partner achievements.
  • Devise an efficient process for collating all the required data and presenting it in a professional format on time.
  • Participate in the monthly Innovate meetings as required.
  • Attend member sites to complete audits as required, sufficient notice will be given if significant travel is required.
  • Support forecasting functions, setting targets and monitoring performance.
  • Act as project support for other ongoing member projects, tracking project progress and support project administration.

Skills, Experience and Behaviours

Essential Criteria

  • Experience of working in a busy office environment
  • Experience of supporting projects and project administration
  • Computer literate with strong skills in Excel
  • Tenacious and process orientated with proven attention to detail
  • Evidence of having developed and implemented effective systems and processes
  • Demonstrable track record of working to and meeting deadlines
  • Comfortable following up on missing submissions or details
  • Strong people skills and the ability to make and maintain strong working relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Discretion when handling confidential or sensitive information

Desirable Criteria

  • A background in science or agritech
  • Financial and commercial awareness
  • Experience of working with financial accounts
  • Experience of audits


  • Professional and friendly demeanour
  • Ability to deal with colleagues and members at all levels
  • Confident, approachable and helpful
  • Willing to work outside job description to help out the team

Special Factors

  • This is a full-time position but part-time (0.8 FTE) would be considered
  • The working pattern will be agreed between the successful candidate and CIEL
  • Some, infrequent, travel will be required, this will mostly be within one day, but an overnight stay may be occasionally required