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Finance Manager - Research

54500 - 41000

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  • Leading a small team within Research Finance to focus on a portfolio of departments
  • Reviewing agreement terms and conditions for contractual risks, and raise any issues with the department and Finance Office as appropriate
  • Regular review of project finances and progress with project staff discussing contract non-performance and variations to profile, and to agree corrective action
  • Regular participation in project management meetings and the presentation of financial information
  • Business partnering with project managers on a variety of financial matters
  • To act as a central point of contact for both project teams and funders and to liaise between the two with regard to project finance and administration
  • To resolve contractual disputes between parties
  • The management of the grant claims process in compliance with the contracted terms and conditions - coordinating the preparation of financial and output data, plus narrative reports
  • The management of obligatory project audits, liaising with external auditors, funders, project managers, and partners in order to obtain clean order certification
  • On project completion ensure that all required documents and audit trail is archived and is held on file for the contracted period
  • Contribute to the research and related five-year planning process for a range of departments and activities
  • To work with a range of department and activity managers in establishing financial strategies that will meet the departmental/activities' long term objectives
  • To manage the quarter end accounting process for a range of departments and activities. The accounts are submitted to a range of committees
  • To review actual performance against budget with department and activity managers and agree upon corrective action where appropriate
  • The provision of management information and financial data and reports
  • Contribute to the development of financial and management systems on behalf of Research Finance in order to maximise operational effectiveness and the use of SAP and IT to improve the flow of management information
  • Review of agreements to ensure completeness, compliance with both the Financial Regulations and funders' rules, and their commercial acceptability.
  • Providing expert guidance to applicants on the interpretation of, in many cases both varied and complex, funders' regulations

  • Qualified Accountant
  • Previous experience within a complex similar size organisation and team
  • Current knowledge of accounting standards
  • Strong management accounting experience
  • Previous experience of business partnering
  • IT literate
  • Exposure to grant / fund management
  • Excellent communication skills

My client is a market leader within the education sector with aspirations to become a world leader. Their research income having grown by 53% over the last 5 years to £137.8 m in 2018/19.

£41,000 up to £49,500 plus £5k supplement for qualified accountant, plus excellent benefits benefits

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