Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC248252
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 06 February 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: D
Contract Type: Fixed Term until 31st March 2021
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (0.6 FTE or above)
Closing Date: 25th February 2019
Interview Date: w/c 11th March 2019


This is a vacancy for a Management Accountant within the ODA Research Programme Office.

This Programme Office supports more than £2.2billion research and innovation spend for development over the spending review period. This role will have a key role in the delivery of two significant government Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds – the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Further information on these funds can be found at and

The Programme Management Office is part of a new organisational structure and will be responsible for Financial management, Tracking and reporting, Information management, Risk and issue tracking and Project management. It sits within the BEIS-led Research and Innovation ODA Unit which is responsible for ensuring BEIS spend supports cutting-edge research to address the problems faced by developing countries and works to build science and innovation capacity in developing countries and the UK. It is a multidisciplinary team of approximately 20 people, based in both Swindon (employed through UKRI) and London and including policy, delivery, finance, analysis and comms experts. This role will be based in Swindon but require regular travel to London.


This role supports the Senior Management Accountant on the monthly management reporting of Newton, GCRF and other ODA research expenditure. You support the Senior Management Accountant in preparing the forecasting and reporting on BEIS ODA spend and highlighting areas of potential concern before they materialise. This will not only involve standard financial reporting (i.e. Financial Year, accruals based), but also the reporting required for OECD-DAC statistical information (i.e. spend on a Calendar Year & cash basis).

You will be expected to work closely with the delivery partner’s finance and analysis leads. These delivery partners include:

  • UKRI Councils
  • Royal Society
  • British Academy
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Academy of Medical Sciences
  • The British Council
  • Met Office
  • UK Space Agency
  • Research England.

This is a high profile, externally focussed role. You will be providing reports that directly feed into the ODA research and innovation board and work closely with colleagues in BEIS and other government departments (primarily DfID & HMT, but also sharing best practice with OGDs).

You will work within the management accounting team to ensure that the funds are accurately reported to enable their effective management, and ensure that statutory reporting requirements are met. An essential part of this role therefore is to ensure that the data capture, curation and administration processes are efficient and fit for purpose.

Given the nature of the role, an ability to foster a collaborative, collegiate approach across virtual teams in support of collective working will be needed. Furthermore, a good understanding of the importance of data security including the appropriate use of individual data, confidentiality and anonymity is key to this role.


The key responsibilities of the post will be:

  • supporting the Senior Management Accountant in monitoring GCRF, Newton and other ODA research spending
  • coordinating and collating forecasts and spend on both an accruals and a cash basis from multiple sources and analysing this information in order to measure performance of the various ODA funds
  • developing and maintaining relationships between the ODA Research Programme Office, BEIS finance, analysts, and the finance teams within the delivery partners, to ensure the funds are delivering ODA strategy appropriately
  • developing an understanding of Department for International Development rules on ODA spend classification as well as an understanding of the relevant BEIS budget allocations processes
  • supporting the compilation of financial progress and ODA reports as well as general data maintenance provision using the data collected from delivery partners
  • supporting the reporting of ODA spend to BEIS, HMT and DfID
  • undertaking periodic work on projects and activities that support the wider work of the delivery of these funds.

Other key information

Although these contracts currently only go through to the end of the spending review (SR) period on 31 March 2021, we expect these will be extended subject to SR outcomes.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria:


  • successful candidates will be experienced in producing financial management accounts
  • a strong ability to analyse and interpret data and financial information
  • analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to quickly understand new and complex issues and to apply solutions. Ability to offer new insights and generate original ideas with practical application
  • experience of stakeholder management across partners and teams. Demonstrable ability to establish effective working relationships and networks internally and externally
  • excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills
  • excellent planning, organisational, analytical and time management skills
  • proficient in using Microsoft Excel, OSCAR and Financial systems.

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • collaborating and Partnering
  • managing a Quality Service
  • delivering at Pace.


  • an understanding of BEIS ODA R&I including the Newton fund and GCRF
  • an understanding of UK Aid strategy, the contribution of research to overseas development and Official Development Assistance (ODA)
  • ability to demonstrate significant experience of government accounting, i.e. Managing Public Money, Consolidated Budgeting Guidance.



  • part or fully CCAB, CIMA or equivalent qualification or qualified by experience.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Limited parking subject to waiting list (Polaris House, Swindon only).

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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