Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC252832
Location London See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 14 February 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 March 2020
Interview Date 19 March 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £42,576 (depending on qualifications and experience, plus possible £2,500 allowance for exceptional candidates)
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 11th March 2020
Interview Date: 19th March 2020 in London or Swindon



We are looking for a Senior Management Accountant within the Programme Management Office (PMO) with line management responsibilities for two operational members of staff.

The ODA PMO is a new team responsible for financial management, tracking and reporting, information management, risk and issue tracking and project management. ODA PMO sits within the BEIS-led Research and Innovation ODA Unit. The Unit is responsible for ensuring BEIS spend supports cutting-edge research to address the problems faced by developing countries, 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, that includes policy, delivery, finance, analysis and communications experts. This role can be based in Swindon and or London, as the role involves engagement with BEIS/Delivery Partners, planned travel (1 to 2 days a week) is scheduled as appropriate/required.

The PMO supports the management of a budget of more than £2.2billion for research and innovation in developing countries.

Within the ODA PMO, the ODA Finance team leader position plays a key role in the financial management of budget allocations from BEIS to Delivery Partners, to implement 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


Reporting to the Head of PMO office, this role leads a team of two Management Accountants on the weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual management reporting cycle of Newton, GCRF and other ODA research expenditure.

The focus of the Senior Finance team leader role is as follows:

  • Engage with Delivery Partners, BEIS Finance and in-house ODA teams (Fund Management and In Country Teams)
  • Lead and support ODA financial reporting both accruals and cash based, calendar year and financial year based
  • Supervise updates to monthly/quarterly cash/accruals forecasts
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of the ODA Finance office to ensure routine tasks are planned and completed in a timely and efficient basis i.e. set up programme codes, coordinate ODA budgets, agree budget allocation tables for grant letters, programme spend reports, process invoices received and payments to Delivery Partners
  • Oversee the cash management process to facilitate prompt and accurate payments of ODA funds to external Delivery Partners
  • Supervise two members of ODA Finance team to commission and quality review quarterly programme submissions (Actual and Forecast) from delivery partners and respond to queries
  • Work with Delivery Partners and stakeholders to improve Finance processes
  • Represent ODA Finance at meetings and forums, as appropriate
  • Lead the team to manage and resolve ODA Finance queries promptly
  • Routine line management responsibilities.

You will work closely with the delivery partner’s finance and programme 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. Your team provide reports that directly feed into the ODA Research and Innovation Boards and work closely with colleagues in BEIS and other government departments (primarily DfID and HMT, but also sharing best practice with OGDs).

You will 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. Strong negotiating skills are important to ensure that positive relationships are built, as a key feature of the work is delivery through partnership. You will need focus, stamina and an ability to work accurately and at speed.

Project management skills would be an advantage, including the ability to work flexibly, and to plan, manage and deliver a portfolio of queries and activities with different timescales, priorities and delivery mechanisms. You should have good excel skills and be comfortable working on joint platforms like SharePoint.

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.

You will also be involved in a change project to streamline the way in which reporting happens. This is an exciting and challenging role and will suit a management accountant looking for opportunities to gain exposure to a wide variety of stakeholders, both within Research Councils and central government.


The key responsibilities of the post will be:

  • Monitoring GCRF, Newton and other ODA research spending
  • 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 reporting ODA spend appropriately
  • Supervising the coordination and collation of forecasts and spend on both an accrual and cash basis from multiple sources and analysing this information in order to measure performance of the various ODA funds
  • Supporting the compilation of financial progress and ODA reports as well as general data maintenance using the data collected from Delivery Partners
  • Supporting the reporting of ODA spend to a range of stakeholders
  • Working closely with BEIS colleagues and to develop an audit and assurance plan over ODA spend
  • Undertaking change management work as required to improve ODA monitoring processes, such as the development by external developers of a new software tool to improve reporting by Delivery Partners and support the wider work of the delivery of these funds
  • 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
  • Ensuring management reporting is in line with accounting developments that have a potential impact on ODA spend
  • Applying HMT’s ‘Consolidated Budgeting Guidance’ and ‘Managing Public Money’ guidelines and rules to ensure that ODA spend satisfies HMT requirements for propriety of public spend.

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


  • You will be a strong leader who can build highly effective teams and influential relationships
  • Experience of producing financial management accounts
  • You will have a broad skill base with a focus on producing financial management accounts and information through innovative solutions
  • Demonstrate the confidence, composure and credibility needed to challenge the way activities are delivered
  • Experience of stakeholder management across partners and teams
  • Demonstrable ability to establish effective working relationships and networks internally and externally at a senior level
  • The ability to prioritise, monitor and resolve workload across a team, quickly
  • 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
  • Excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills
  • Excellent planning, organisational, analytical and time management skills
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint.

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

  • Leading and Communicating
  • 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.

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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