Research Finance Officer Ref: 3273

School/department: Research & Enterprise Services (Research Finance)
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract:  fixed term for 1 year with the possibility of extension or permanency
Reference: 3273
Salary:  starting at £30,046 to £33,797 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 22 February 2021
Closing date:  26 March 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date
Expected Interview date:  week commencing 12 April 2021
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced research and/or finance professional to join the University’s Research Finance team in the Division of Research & Enterprise Services. This post is fixed for 1 year initially, with a possibility of extension or permanency, and will provide an appropriately qualified individual with the chance to gain valuable experience and professional development as part of a team managing a large portfolio of research projects.

The post will contribute to the busy team of Research Finance Officers who together undertake the post-award finance administration and reporting of a broad range of competitively won research grants of varying size, value and complexity. Funded by the University of Sussex Business School, this post will focus on helping to manage the School’s growing grant portfolio, with shared responsibility for a range of duties including: running reports, communicating with funders and academics, managing budgets, advising principal investigators, approving expenditure, implementing financial transactions, and ensuring compliance with funders’ terms and conditions. The School has one of the largest grant portfolios of any UK business school, with projects ranging from small seed grants to multi-million-pound international research centres funded by a variety of funders, including companies, UK Research Councils and the European Commission, among others.

The successful candidate will have prior experience of research administration within the University and/or experience of financial administration. In addition, s/he will be highly numerate, well organised, and a good communicator, as well as having a firm understanding of current University systems, including the finance system (Unit 4). 

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

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 3273) (PDF XKB)

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal details and equal opportunties form [DOC 108.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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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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