Finance Manager/ Business Partner up to £46.5k plus excellent holidays and pension

Cardiff, South Glamorgan
17 Jul 2017
15 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking for a QUALIFIED ACCOUNTANT to work in a large organisation known for its flexible working environment.

The position is Finance Manager - Research & Grants, a role within the Finance Department.

The Research & Grants team provides a complete support and guidance service to project managers and other stakeholders on the financial aspects of our research & grants activities. Research & Grant activities currently make up 10% of the income and is targeted as an area of growth. The successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of Research and Grants officers responsible for ensuring that they proactively manage the financial aspects of its research & grant activities. Working in a team environment, you will be primarily responsible for the following:

  • To act as the subject expert on the funding rules associated with research & grants. This will include initial training and ongoing support and guidance to ensure that projects remain compliant and deliver against targets.
  • To provide specialist advice, guidance and support to project/programme managers throughout the project life cycle to ensure a high standard of financial management and a successful project overall.
  • To be an integral part of the approval process for all new research & grant projects
  • To provide timely and accurate management information for project managers and senior management within the faculties and report performance against budget to directors and other senior managers on all research & grant activity.
  • To manage the production of financial claims for each project/programme in line with the requirements of the funding organisation and external and internal auditors, minimising the cashflow impact for the University.
  • To deal with any day to day general budgetary and financial issues in relation to projects.
  • The range of stakeholders within this area is large. The post holder must establish and maintain relationships with external funding providers; external project partners; external auditors as well as a wide range of internal teams.

Principal Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Provide financial information to programme managers and senior management within the University to promote sound financial control and improve decision making.
  2. Represent the University on financial matters at project/programme management meetings with partner organisations where appropriate.
  3. Review / feedback / approve all new research & grant projects
  4. Review and develop monitoring & reporting processes in line with changes to funding mechanisms to enable the University to comply with the requirements / regulations applicable to a wide range of grant / research projects.
  5. Provide tailored guidance and advice relating to the criteria applicable to projects from a variety of funding streams thus ensuring the University remains compliant. E.g. eligibility of expenditure, match funding issues, monitoring of expenditure against budget.
  6. Oversee the financial planning, recording and reporting of research & grants projects ensuring the highest level of integrity for our financial records
  7. Manage the preparation and submission of precise and timely financial returns to WEFO and other external funders, ensuring all expenditure submitted meets appropriate eligibility criteria.
  8. Work closely with internal, external and European auditors as and when required, providing responses to audit reports as and when necessary.
  9. Undertake any other duties appropriate to the post as may be required.