Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC252824
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30782
Date Posted 12 February 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 March 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 (pro-rata for Part Time)
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 0.8FTE)
Closing Date: 4th March 2020
Interview Date: 23rd March 2020

The creation of UK Research and Innovation represents the largest reform of the research and innovation funding landscape in the last 50 years. As a new, independent, non-departmental public body, it brings together the functions of the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and the research and knowledge exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (Research England).

The UKRI Governance, Assurance, Risk and Information Governance (GARI) function is part of the new UKRI Central Services team, working across the nine Councils with existing, diverse capabilities, and will be responsible for ensuring that the organisation operates best practice throughout its governance, accountability, risk management and information management arrangements.

You will work as part of the Funding Assurance Team, an established Team which provides highly valued assurance to the UKRI Accounting Officer on the accountability of public funds provided to Research Organisations to conduct world leading research. You will report to the Deputy Head of Funding Assurance, working alongside other Assurance Consultants delivering assurance assignments for UKRI. This post may include direct line management of other funding assurance staff.


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the International Funding Assurance Team providing assurance for the UKRI Accounting Officer and the National Audit Office that funds being set overseas are being used in accordance with UKRI terms and conditions. This is an area of increasing risk to UKRI and you will play a significant role in actively managing this risk.

You will take the lead on the UKRI post award finance checks and play an active role in undertaking due diligence checks for both UK and overseas research organisations. You will be responsible for undertaking, delivering and at times assisting colleagues with funding assurance assignments in line with an agreed plan of work both in the UK and overseas. Assignments are either undertaken as visits to research intensive organisations or desk based reviews for smaller organisations. Visits in the UK usually last two days, although visits overseas can last for up to a week with visits being undertaken back to back to ensure they represent value for money. When leading a visit, you will assume responsibility for all fieldwork as required, including production and ownership of the final assurance report.

You will be required to develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the terms and conditions under which research funding is awarded. You will also be involved in gaining a greater understanding of controls in place to manage research funding across the world. This information is fed back to the teams running the calls and the UK research management community to strengthen both existing and future collaborations.

An important aspect of this post will be to develop and maintain good working relationships with stakeholders, both internally within UKRI and externally with research administrators at Research Organisations and other funding bodies. This helps to ensure that the role and importance of Funding Assurance is understood and recognised within the wider research community. Consequently there will be a need for you to represent the team at various conferences/seminars/workshops as required.

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 & Interview Criteria:


  • Five GCSEs (grades A to C) (or equivalent qualification) or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Ability to analyse complex data and summarise in concise, accurate and clear reports
  • Knowledge of the principles of Full Economic Costing, as the basis of UKRI funding
  • Knowledge of the UK Research Organisation sector and/or Funding bodies
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills and ability to present to diverse audiences (written and oral)
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, adaptable and proactive with the ability to work flexibly within a changing environment
  • Proven experience of writing clear, well-structured reports
  • Strong experience of building and maintaining effective working relationships (internally and externally)
  • Willingness to travel across the UK and overseas including overnight stays as required
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload demands
  • Excellent knowledge of software packages, including, but not limited to Word and Excel
  • Excellent general PC skills including email, Zoom etc.


  • Experience of leading/undertaking reviews into business operations
  • Recognised Finance or risk qualification
  • A degree in a relevant subject
  • Knowledge of grant, studentship and fellowship administration processes within the Research Councils and/or Research Organisations, especially post award
  • Ability to influence and persuade others, to work with people of all levels and build effective relationships with them
  • Experience of planning and delivering overseas travel.

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.

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