Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Corporate Hub
Reference Number IRC255491
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £
Date Posted 12 October 2020
Contract Type Apprentice
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 08 November 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £27,390
Grade: Apprentice
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 3 years
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 8th November 2020


About the role

With a strong interest in launching a career in Finance, we know that you want to use your talent, skill, and dedication to make a difference. At UKRI you will get the opportunity to do just that. Our Finance teams support world-leading science and innovation and enable ground-breaking research that will inspire, shape and define our future.

UKRI is the largest public sector funder of research and innovation with an annual budget of £8bn. With a Finance team of just over 150 people across our UK sites, we have responsibility for enabling the delivery of high-quality financial services to ensure public funding for research and innovation is spent efficiently and effectively. We are part of the Government Finance Function with the ambitious vision to “put finance at the heart of decision making, driving the agenda, not just keeping score.”

Our impact is felt across the whole organisation where we work with policy makers, leadership teams, researchers, programme and project managers, engineers and scientists, to share perspectives and expertise, influence decisions, and put forward creative solutions to problems. 
Finance is a large department and the work is always varied. One day you might find yourself supporting UKRI’s overall budgeting and associated financial planning at Corporate and Council level; the next you may be providing financial advice or supporting the production of our Statutory Accounts. We can offer you real breadth of experience in a truly unique organisation.

The UKRI Finance Team are looking to recruit 6 Graduate Apprentices to start in January 2021 based either at Polaris House, Swindon or the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire. The role will incorporate an ACCA Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeship alongside a challenging but rewarding role. We will fund and support your studies over a 3 year period to achieve full ACCA qualifications in addition to helping you develop a broader range of personal and professional skills. We know it’s important to consider future career prospects and there are plenty of opportunities to continue your professional development after your initial apprenticeship within UKRI.

Key Accountabilities

Prior financial experience is not required, and this opportunity is ideal for recent graduates looking to start a career in finance or those who are looking for a career change.

The key accountabilities will depend on the specifics of each placement. However, they are likely to include:

  • Carrying out reconciliations, monitoring expenditure/income and support the production of management accounts, including variance analysis
  • Cost centre and Project budget setup and maintenance
  • Maintaining key spreadsheets and trackers, providing advice and analysis on the financial data
  • Preparing journals and collating backing papers and evidence to maintain an audit trail
  • Support writing the annual accounts and year end processes, including collating and preparing notes to the accounts
  • Supporting asset management, recording and physical verification
  • Preparing reports, including graphs and data to help explain numbers in reports
  • Preparing forecasts to help effective cash management
  • Support to the Governance team on the internal audit programme
  • Working with stakeholders within UKRI
  • Developing knowledge of the rules and guidance that underpins Government Finance
  • Providing ad-hoc administrative tasks across the team
  • Take responsibility for your learning and development under the apprenticeship.

During your training, you will be expected to be self-motivated, organised and able to follow policy whilst meeting deadlines. With great attention to detail, you’ll work diligently through the varied work assigned to you. We will provide the support to enable you to succeed.

The Selection Process

Initially, you will be asked to submit an online application form outlining your suitability for the role. If you are successful then you will be invited through to complete a numerical reasoning test. The final stage will be a digital assessment centre.


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 and Interview criteria


  • Educated to Degree level/equivalent qualification or relevant experience
  • GCSE in Maths and English
  • Good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication (both written and verbal) and problem solving
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Good ICT skills, including MS Office
  • Self-motivated
  • Good time management skills
  • Able to work well within a team but also show initiative, with the ability to work independently
  • Able to travel occasionally to other STFC sites and to either Reading or Bristol for training.


  • Experience working in a finance or business environment
  • Experience working in a team.

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.

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:

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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