Head of Research Finance Ref 8435

School/department: Research and Enterprise Services
Hours: Full-time hours considered up to 1FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 8435
Salary: starting at £51,799 to £60,022 per annum (with a discretionary range dependent upon skills and experience)
Placed on: 28 April 2022
Closing date: 25 May 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: week of 13-17 June
Expected start date: September 2022


Job description

An exciting opportunity exists to join the University of Sussex to lead the Research Finance team in the provision of high-quality post-award advice and support for research and knowledge exchange activity. The post-holder will lead a team managing all financial and legal aspects of awarded grants and contracts, ensuring compliance with funder and sponsor terms and conditions. 

You will manage the provision of project reporting to relevant stakeholders, alongside statutory reporting to ensure compliance with funding policies. You will also support grant and contract holders to maximise funding and resources to deliver agreed research and contract outcomes.

A key aspect of the role is to lead on the provision of research income, cost and contribution forecasting, building robust processes to meet the annual academic planning round requirements.

If you have experience of research finance administration processes and systems, with highly effective leadership skills and the ability to think strategically and develop excellent service provision, then we want to hear from you.

Please contact Emma Potts, Interim Director, Research and Enterprise Services (e.potts@sussex.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 8435 [PDF 112.82KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to profservicesrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.


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