Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Corporate Hub
Reference Number IRC255355
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £38969 - £43300
Date Posted 16 October 2020
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 01 November 2020
Interview Date 11 November 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £38,969 - £43,300 per annum (depending on experience)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 Years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 1st November 2020
Interview Date: 11th November 2020

The role will report to the Lead Finance Business Partner for SPF, FIC, International (inc. EU Exit), Public Engagement and Corporate Projects and accordingly the range of responsibilities will be varied across the year however will include;

Providing finance support to the International team in connection with the Horizon Europe Short Term Alternative programme to include;

  • Preparing robust financial models for Opex and Programme
  • Agreeing and capturing key assumptions underlying the model with the International team, BEIS Finance and other stakeholders
  • Supporting senior decision-makers within UKRI to enable them to make informed corporate decisions based upon timely, accurate and complete financial information
  • Work with Councils and IUK to establish funding need for both Programme and Opex
  • Create and post all necessary accounting journals to correctly account for the Programme Income and Spend, in line with accounting standards and UKRI Accounting Policy and with a clear and supported audit trail 
  • Meet with and engage all recipients of programme funding and ensure that at all times spend patterns align with budgets and forecasts and where necessary initiate appropriate actions to correct potential variances.
  • Receive, assess and offer considered opinion on requests for additional funding or reprofiles
  • Liaise with BEIS on an ongoing and regular basis so as to ensure clarity of financial positions and outcomes
  • Constructively challenge stakeholders assumptions offering different positions and views but being prepared to recognise the strength of alternative strategies. 

Providing wider finance resource to the FBP team (SPF, FIC) on an ad-hoc basis so as to assist with modelling, process improvement or work-load pressures as required

It is envisaged that there will be a number of corporate projects which this role will support and that these will be varied in nature, scope and duration however this role will;

  • Support the Lead Finance Business Partner to deliver projects and project support
  • Work across boundaries and disciplines to acquire the information required by the project team
  • Produce data, information and analysis in the formats required, suggesting improvements where appropriate
  • Constantly seek opportunities to add value to projects utilising experience and financial expertise
  • Maintain a network of relationships across UKRI such that you become a “go to” person to assist in resolving issues of “who, where, what” and be able to access information and relevant individuals when faced with new project tasks. 
  • Requesting, capture and creation of data and modelling to support the decision-making processes of UKRI.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 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 or QBE
  • Working as a Business Partner
  • Exposure to large organisation
  • Good user of Microsoft products.


  • Experience of public sector, not for profit, higher education within finance function.

Interview Criteria


  • The role will require interaction across the organisation, and beyond as well as with colleagues outside of finance and a high degree of tact and diplomatic skill will be essential
  • Strong Excel skills as well as a high degree of competence in MS Word and PowerPoint
  • An ability to prioritise effectively and communicate with stakeholders in respect of timescales for delivery
  • The ability to write reports, papers and submissions in a professional, presentable and coherent manner setting out information that users will understand and will assist them in optimising the decision-making process.


  • Previous experience of Oracle and OBIEE
  • A background in the Public Sector or Higher Education.

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.

Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list (Swindon site only).

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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