Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC252719
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48877 - £54308
Date Posted 07 February 2020
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 23 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877 - £54,308
Grade: UKRI - F
Contract: Open-ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 23rd February 2020
Interview Date: TBC


You'll be part of the Management Reporting team which has responsibility for building operating expenditure budgets for councils and providing reporting to BEIS, UKRI Central, councils and local budget holders.

You will:

  • Be able to lead the team through change ensuring that everyone understands their responsibilities and inputs and develops new ways of working to adapt to internal and external change;
  • Be able to build an appreciation of the nature of the different business areas they support and build strong relationships with key stakeholders to ensure that the forecasts and budgets produced have strong buy-in; and
  • Work with your team to harmonise and standardise processes where practicable and develop insightful reporting, highlighting cost drivers ensuring users have the valuable information they need

Your team will also perform a range of reporting, systems and control functions, but fundamentally will be responsible for producing accurate budgets, forecasts and reporting which has had input and buy in from business partners to provide information that can support robust decision-making.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the management reporting team by:

  • Developing, managing and maintaining strong working relationships with key stakeholders in your business areas 
  • Show effective leadership skills in motivating and developing team members. Maximise the team’s performance through clear task management, smart objective setting and effective development and performance management of team members
  • Promote a ‘one team’ approach where continuous improvement is encouraged
  • Building a strong understanding of your owned business areas and their associated cost drivers enabling the team to provide effective challenge and support when building budgets and forecast
  • Working with the team to develop reporting across business areas, harmonising and standardising where practical and developing the budgeting and forecasting models and processes
  • Having a strong understanding of the financial risks, pressures and opportunities both in current and future years to ensure effective financial decision-making in these areas
  • Ensuring that internal financial controls are complied with in these business areas, including UKRI financial and governance policies and processes, Managing Public Money as well as BEIS and local level delegated limits
  • Act as the key liaison point between the central UKRI Management Reporting team and their business areas
  • Seeing the big picture, ensuring the team meet deadlines and identifying trends in data presented
  • Oversee the provision and development of management information support across the finance area to enable team members to make the best use of the tools available to them
  • Taking responsibility for the output of the team to ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Working with the team to ensure there is cover for all key activities.

This job description is intended to provide a broad outline of the main duties and responsibilities only. You may be asked to carry out any other delegated duty or task that is in line with your post.

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:


  • Qualified Accountant (ACA/CIMA/ACCA/CIPFA or international equivalent)
  • Strong leadership, with ability to engage and empower colleagues through change and coach individuals to improve their performance, including formal line management experience
  • Highly numerate with the ability to provide insightful analysis, working with reliable excel models and communicating the key elements to effectively influence decision making
  • Ability to build relationships with senior stakeholders and influence them with impact and professional credibility
  • Experience of balancing the conflicting demands of stakeholders and working to tight deadlines
  • A willingness to be “hands on” when the role requires it. 


  • Experience of working within a similar role and environment
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and particularly a strong knowledge of Excel including modelling and controls
  • Experience in delivering or managing change
  • Experience of accounting/finance in the public sector.

Interview Criteria:


  • Clear, demonstrable relationship management and influencing skills, with ability to instil confidence within stakeholders
  • Strong leadership, with ability to engage and empower colleagues through change and coach individuals to improve their performance, including formal line management experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Personal resilience and a confident approach to solve issues and find solutions 
  • The ability to respond calmly under pressure and to make impartial and well-considered judgements
  • Aptitude for and application of continuous improvement, ability to innovate and challenge established thinking in self and others, and to offer insights and ideas with practical application coupled with the ability to drive change
  • Good organisational skills, ability to deliver at pace and meeting changing priorities to time and to a high standard
  • Ability to remain focused on the bigger picture.

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.

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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