An excellent opportunity to join a leading university on a Fixed Term Contract basis, initially 3 months, with plans for it to be 6 months.
This role will support the Head of R&FP in providing financial reports and analysis to senior management bodies, to support and guide them in making informed strategic, tactical and operational decisions based on clear and robust financial information.
The team is also responsible for ensuring that high quality budgets, forecasts and long term financial plans are formulated to support the overall university strategies, and that faculty budget holders have a clear understanding of their financial performance, and that they are responsible and accountable for this performance.
This team has responsibility for all financial regulatory returns to Office for Students (OFS) and other bodies, and coordinate all other activities requiring input from across the wider Financial Management team.
The primary purpose of this role will be to support the Head of Reporting & Financial Planning to carry out the responsibilities of the team. There will be an emphasis on reviewing and planning current processes for annual regulatory returns, being the dedicated business partner for our research activities, development of systems and account hierarchies and mentoring members of the team. There will be an opportunity to deputise for the Head of Reporting & Financial Planning, as appropriate.
Main duties and responsibilities
Coordinate the production of the monthly financial results, including adherence to the month end timetable, and prepare commentaries for SET, Council, and its committees, ensuring that the reasons for variances and the implications are clear. This will require close working with the Faculty / PS finance teams
Review and improve annual OFS and HE-BCI return processes
Review and improve annual TRAC return processes
Assist Head of Reporting & Financial Planning to undertake improvement projects for the Financial Management team
Research Accounting Finance Partnering - relationship management and adding value, resolution of operational issues, continuous improvement
Oversee research overheads journal at month end and regular forecasting
Oversee research capital reporting - improve planning and monitoring
Monitor Worktribe interactions with Agresso - understanding processes, reports and interfaces - active member of working group
Assist research colleagues with work on REF framework - once requirements are made clear
Provide budgeting and planning support to cover for Reporting & Financial Planning Manager
Assist Financial Accounting with preparation of Expenditure note for Financial Statements
Assist with Cubane survey (periodic) and other such benchmarking exercises, as required
Deputise for Head of Reporting & Financial Planning as required
Assist Head of Reporting & Financial Planning with team mentoring and development (no direct management responsibility)
To be considered, you will need to be fully qualified CIMA/ACCA or equivalent with strong business partnering experience, excellent communication skills and the strong abilities on Agresso.
Ideally your experience will be from a Higher Education environment, though exceptional candidates outside of this will also be considered