Research Finance Manager Ref 21547

Division: Research and Enterprise
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours). Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). (The Research Finance Team currently operates a hybrid working model)
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 21547
Salary: Starting at £37,099 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 11 September 2023.
Closing date: 29 September 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: As soon as possible   

Job description

About the role

As Research Finance Manager, you will play a pivotal role in supporting a cluster of Senior Research Finance Officers to manage their post award research portfolios, supporting and deputising for the Senior Research Finance Manager/Senior Research Accountant Business Partner while also managing your own portfolio of projects. You will provide post award financial advice and guidance to academics and other stakeholders in the University.

About you

Ideally you will have experience of working in post award financial management in a higher education setting, with a good grounding in accounting principles, and IT and communication skills. You will need to have effective prioritisation and management skills to manage your own portfolio and support the needs of your cluster and other members of the team.

About our Division

The Research and Enterprise Division is leading developer of ideas and innovations that contributes to the Global Community. We contribute to new knowledge, ideas, and solutions. This leads to real change in the world and makes a difference in our lives. Our Strategy focuses on People, Research Strengths, Interdisciplinarity, Integrity, Grant Capture, and International Reputation. Last year alone we submitted 681 bids, received 230 awards, completed the set-up of 227 projects just to give an idea of how dynamic our Division is.

Why work here…

Our University is situated just off of the A27, next to the beautiful South Downs where you will enjoy everything that our 150-acre campus has to offer. We are easily accessible by public transport; a 5-minute walk from the train station and bus stops within the campus. We have dedicated cycling paths and encourage our staff to cycle to work with our offering of a cycle to work scheme. 

Sussex is a renowned, research-led International University and this is only possible because of the people that work here. Whether you are Faculty, Student, or a member of a Professional Services Team, it’s our people that make us great and we want you to be part of that.

The benefits that you will receive from day one:

  • Generous pension scheme  12% total Pension Scheme(grades 1-6) 31.4% total (grades7-10)
  • Life insurance of up to 3 times your annual salary for any pension-enrolled employees.
  • Purchase additional Annual Leave though our Scheme for a great home and work life balance
  • Discounts of public transport, Cycle to work Scheme, and special rates in hotels in Brighton and the Sussex region.
  •  Discounts on high-street shops through our Rewards partner, along with a Cash back Health Plan.
  • Considerable discount on our on-site Gym Facilities because we care about our employees’ Health and Wellbeing.

Please contact  Louise Wrigley 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 21547 [PDF 193.22KB]

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

How to apply

Download our professional services application form and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as 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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