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Research Finance Manager

Finance and Business Affairs

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £44,737£ £52,764 per annum
  • REF: 1874648
  • Closes: 25th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Research Services provides a range of comprehensive services and specialist advice in support of UCLs externally funded research portfolio.

The Research Finance Manager role is responsible for managing a team of Research Finance Administrators (5-6 FTE) in the Post Award team. The team coordinates, manages and provides guidance and support on all aspects of post award research grant and contract management of project finances. They ensure compliance with internal financial regulations and the terms and conditions of external research funders. Supporting academic and professional staff to ensure the University maximises research income and mitigates risk.

The post-holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the team to ensure the support service functions are delivered in an efficient, responsive and professional manner, to the highest possible standards. They will monitor policies and quality standards, procedures and systems for the post award management to ensure effective working and continuous improvement. They will ensure robust financial management and compliance throughout the research award lifecycle.

Key Requirements

The ideal candidate will have significant experience of research grant and contract financial administration as well as managerial experience in a large and complex institution. You will be highly organised with the ability to handle a diverse and busy workload and to prioritise effectively to meet demanding and often conflicting deadlines. Strong leadership skills and the ability to effect and manage change will be essential. You will also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels, and be able to play a leading role within a team whose support services are in constant demand.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Sarah Howells on s.howells@ucl.ac.uk

The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work please see www.ucl.ac.uk/ways-of-working to find out more.

Due to the effects of the pandemic, the team is working remotely at present.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

25 Feb 2021

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This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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