Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail UKRI – Strategic Finance Business Partners
Reference Number IRC249144
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 15 May 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 02 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £33,459 (plus allowance of £2,500 for qualified accountants)                     
Band: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time although job share would be considered
Closing Date: 2nd June 2019

The Technology Management Accountant will work as part of a small team, responsible for supporting the Technology Department Director and senior staff in financial planning and management of an annual operating budget of £20M with a current portfolio of 145 external projects and 30 internal projects. The external bid process is a major part of this role with the Department submitting £24M worth of bids annually (approximately 12 bids per month).

You will be responsible for maintaining effective financial planning and control of departmental and project budgets, playing an active role in:

  • the process of bidding for and winning new projects
  • ongoing financial management of the department’s projects and activities
  • performance management including budgeting, forecasting, reporting and analysis.

You will be expected to develop a thorough understanding of all aspects of departmental activities from a financial perspective and be well integrated with the department, maintaining excellent working relationships with the project managers, business management staff and the senior management team. You will also need to communicate effectively within the wider UKRI & STFC Finance teams in order to coordinate departmental finances with STFC’s overall financial planning and management.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • advise project managers on costing and pricing project proposals in accordance with Council policy and other financial aspects of project proposal preparation and support them in negotiating for new business
  • attend bid review meetings, providing advice on completion of bid forms and the bid process
  • set up and maintain budgets and forecasts for projects in Oracle Project Accounting
  • produce monthly management reports and ad hoc reports for project managers using OBIEE and Hyperion management information tools
  • support project managers in budgetary control and forecasting of their projects, reviewing actual expenditure and income against budget, analysing variances and promptly following up significant issues
  • assist in preparation of any financial reporting required by customers and funders and liaise with them in connection with reviews or ad hoc queries on financial issues
  • prepare annual budgets in Hyperion Planning
  • attend Senior Staff Meetings, and other project meetings as required as well as various Finance Directorate meetings.

This is an outline description of the key responsibilities and accountabilities involved in the job. This is not an exhaustive list and you might be expected to undertake any other duties across the wider directorate, commensurate with the Band and level of responsibility of this post, for which you have the necessary experience and/or training.

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 Criteria


  • part-Qualified Accountant (ACA/CIMA/ACCA/CIPFA), or equivalent experience (QBE) - Please note that UKRI supports training towards professional qualifications 
  • experience of working in a Finance environment – minimum of 3 years
  • experience of IT systems and applications including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint with a particular focus on Excel skills
  • good written communication
  • clear experience of supporting in the delivery of effective budget-management.


  • experience of Oracle including Oracle Project Accounting module is desirable
  • experience of Hyperion
  • experience of working in a research environment
  • experience of working in a government accounting environment.

Interview Criteria


  • clear experience of supporting in the delivery of effective budget-management
  • demonstrable experience of month-end processes - accruals and prepayment calculation, variance analysis etc
  • clear experience of developing effective working partnerships
  • high competency of ICT skills/ IT systems and applications including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint with a particular focus on good Excel skills
  • excellent oral communication skills
  • personal resilience and a confident approach
  • aptitude for and application of continuous improvement
  • good organisational skills, able to manage and prioritise own workload and meet deadlines in a very timely manner
  • experience of working in a team.


  • experience of Oracle including Oracle Project Accounting module
  • experience of Hyperion
  • experience of working in a research environment
  • experience of working in a government accounting environment.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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.

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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The closing date for applications is 2nd June 2019 with interviews scheduled for week beginning 10th June 2019.