Finance Research Grants Manager

Michael Page Finance
14 May 2017
13 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The role is responsible for the post award accounting of all research and externally funded grants and contracts delivered by the organisation, including bursary and project reporting. It will have its own portfolio of projects to manage and oversee, focusing on those that are complex in nature due to the number of partners, international activities and size.

Client Details

A leading not for profit organisation that have undergone extensive expansion over the last few years. The research grants function has been a major success and continues to be a leading light within finance.

Based in Reading Berkshire this role organisation are a major employer of local talent and are recognised as an employer of choice.


  • Ensure the provision of an effective and efficient management accounting function for all research and similar activities
  • Oversee the financial administration and control of the total research grant income of the University
  • Support the Finance Planning and Strategy team with their preparation of research budgets and forecasts.
  • Oversee and report on the application of bursaries, studentships and stipends.
  • Exercise the relevant delegated authorities assigned to the post where applicable
  • Act, when required, as deputy to the Head of Specialist Accounting
  • Develop processes and procedures to ensure that projects are managed in efficiently, in compliance with the University's financial regulations and funder terms/conditions, including ongoing liaison with PIs and Heads of Schools over the life of the projects.
  • Ensure the timely raising of financial claims and compliance with contractual requirements to maximise cash flow
  • Provide training where required to PIs on project financial administration
  • Develop standard and bespoke reports to meet the needs of PIs and other users
  • Provide expert knowledge and guidance to PIs and Heads of Schools on the financial regulations pertaining to their grants
    • Manage the transition of research projects from Research and Enterprise Services (pre-award) to the post-award activities in the Research Accounting team.
  • Ensure the preparation of accurate period and year end reports on project / research activities to enable effective management and financial reporting to both internal and external users
  • Act as the lead on all external audit reviews and ensure all research and other projects comply at all times with audit requirements
  • Attend where necessary any departmental, University or Council meetings to present reports and similar items that require sign off and endorsement by the relevant committees or groups
  • Assist in the preparation of the research-related returns, KPIs and statistics.
  • Liaise with funding agencies, external bodies and research councils as appropriate
  • Ensure support is provided and, where applicable, attendance of team staff is exercised at school / area research meetings and similar, if required by the school / area
  • Work and liaise with Research and Enterprise Services colleagues to ensure the seamless flow through of projects and maximisation of income where applicable
  • Ensure the work of the team supports and enhances the strategic goals of the University especially as regards research income generation and performance and provide guidance and expertise to assist in the achievement of those goals
  • Act as the lead contact for all post-award research accounting and similar matters and actively engage in related group forums
  • Ensure knowledge on funding policy, funders policies, accounting treatment and other related matters are comprehensive and up to date within the team
  • Manage the overall activities and performance of the team ensuring deadlines are met where appropriate and users requirements are fully met
  • Ensure the team are fully trained and knowledgeable regards their duties and understanding of the project accounting function, where necessary and applicable carry out that training
  • Attend any relevant sector groups, networks or meetings as a representative of the University and to promote exchange of good practice
  • Attend any internal groups, committees and meetings relating to the growth and delivery of research activity within the university as the financial expert on post-award research accounting matters


Qualified Accountant

Research Grants Experience

Managerial exposure

Happy to work in Reading

Job Offer

Salary range from £45,000 - £55,000 + generous benefits.