Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC252697
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 04 February 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £42,576
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th February 2020


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 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.

We are recruiting three Finance Business Partner roles who will be placed within either Innovate UK (two roles) or the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (one role).

Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive inthe race for future prosperity.

Engineering and physical sciences play a crucial role in underpinning modern economies and societies. Driving progress through human curiosity and experimentation, they deliver affordable solutions to national and global challenges. EPSRC provides the research base which underpins the manufacturing, engineering,telecommunications and computer programming sectors, amongst others, which contribute over £300 billion per annum Gross Value Added and over 4 million jobs to the UK economy.


Reporting to the Head of Finance in the Council placed, you will provide a comprehensive financial business partnering service to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), working closely with stakeholders to add financial awareness to decision making, and deliver outcomes that are in line with Council and UKRI priorities, thus ensuring that budgets are used effectively.

You will also perform a range of reporting and control functions, but fundamentally will be responsible for positioning finance to work with the business and link all activity to the delivery plan, communicating the importance of Finance to UKRI staff at all levels – presenting insightful information to stimulate longer-term thinking.

You will work with other Finance Business Partners and colleagues across UKRI to seek opportunities for improvement, change and efficiency within finance, strengthening internal controls, financial analysis, and effective management of programmes.


  • Develop, manage and maintain exceptional working partnerships with senior managers, Directors and stakeholders to support organisational objectives widely
  • Assisting in the development of strategy by evaluating options, impacts, potential risks and solutions
  • Decision support, offering challenges to relevant senior stakeholders as required to ensure robust financial processes
  • Liaise with Directors and closely work with budget holders to advise on available funding to aid in establishing strategic priorities using judgement, evidence and knowledge
  • Input to completion of monthly management accounts
  • Analyse variances: actual vs.forecast and budget with analysis and commentary
  • Prepare monthly grant expense reforecasts and report on the commitments made
  • Reporting on the current opportunities and risks identified to best help deliver strategic goals and the greatest value
  • Assist across the business in negotiation of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and grant agreements, inparticular, the expenditure profiling through and coordinating sign-off
  • Sign off on the preparation of co-funding invoices/grant claims, including any supporting reports to co-funder and Innovation Leads
  • Liaise across the business to input into maintenance of integrity of grant data within systems and planning schedules
  • Review new competition/grant applications, ensuring that the business case is robust and there is sufficient headroom, given the organisation’s priorities
  • Manage the application for additional budget
  • Ad-hoc finance project support as directed by the Head of Finance

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.

Key skills:

  • Clear, demonstrable relationship management and keen influencing skills, working with senior stakeholder groups
  • High competency of IT systems and applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, with a particular focus on exceptional Excel skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to apply a “consultancy” approach
  • Personal resilience and a confident approach, willing to apply good judgement to solve issues and find solutions independently
  • Highly developed team working skills, able to form effective working relationships quickly
  • Ability to apply a tactful and diplomatic approach
  • The ability to respond calmly under pressure and to make impartial and well-considered judgments in complex situations
  • High degree of organisational ability and attention to detail
  • 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

Other key information:

There may be the occasional requirement for national travel.

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:


  • Qualified Accountant(ACA/CIMA/ACCA/CIPFA) or equivalent experience (QBE)
  • Clear experience of supporting in the delivery of effective budget-management, leading managers to prudent solutions through effective influencing
  • Demonstrable experience of month-end processes - accruals and prepayment calculation, variance analysis etc.
  • Clear experience of developing effective working partnerships and offering challenges where necessary to senior stakeholder groups
  • Proven experience in the preparation of budgets, forecasts and financial plans
  • Experience of working strategically to balance the conflicting demands of multiple stakeholders whilst protecting the integrity and ownership of the documented processes
  • Demonstrable experience of working as part of a wider-business, consulting with senior stakeholders and effectively ‘partnering’ with stakeholders to meet organisational and financial objectives
  • Understanding of the role of governance, risk management and assurance in project delivery.


  • Interest/background/experience in innovation or research, business competitiveness and technology policy or delivery

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.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

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:

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