The Research Finance department at University of Manchester sits within the Directorate of Finance is responsible for managing annual research income of around £1.3 billion from a portfolio of 2,500 live research grants and contracts across the three University Faculties.
The UKRI Productivity Institute (AWARD) is a collaboration between the University of Manchester and Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).
The Institute brings together world-leading experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, working directly with policymakers and businesses to better understand, measure, and enable improvements in productivity across the whole of the UK, with the aim to improve living standard and well-being. Working within the University’s established communities of good practice and processes for research finance, and with the Institute PS team, the Senior Research Finance Officer will act as the point of support for all Institute finances.
Following a major new 5 year strategic award to establish a world-leading Productivity Institute, we are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Finance Officer primarily to support the Institute.
Managing a small team, you will work as part of a group of colleagues within an RS Delivery Team to assist the delivery of services that maximise our ability to financially plan, manage and monitor research grants and contracts and deliver a high-quality research support service to academic and other service users.
As a Senior Research Finance Officer, you will be a self-starter who is able to form strong working relationships with other members of the RS team, other Finance colleagues and with academics. Your key deliverables include:
To provide financial support and mentorship to a team of Productivity Institute project support assistants and administrators
Ensuring accurate financial reporting and performance analysis of your area of responsibility
Line Management of a Team of Research Finance Officers and Research Finance Assistants including training, development and support.
Accountability for regular, accurate and appropriate processing activities in your area of responsibility
Provide excellent Business Partnering Services to Academics including regular and high quality Project reviews, ensuring compliant with Funder Terms & Conditions
Ensuring all Final Claims are submitted in line with the Funders Terms and Conditions and in a timely manner.
Identifying and resolving financial risk including under or overspends versus the awarded research budget
To support Senior Management in the financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting processes for research activity in the Faculty.
Please see the job description for more details on the main duties of the role and the essential criteria we are looking for in a candidate.
As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments will be made on merit.
Blended working arrangements may be considered