Senior Research Finance Manager Ref 8354

School/department: Research & Enterprise Services / Research Finance & Contracts
Hours: Full Time hours considered up to 1FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 8354
Salary: starting at £42,149 to £50,296 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: to be confirmed  
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

  • The Research Grants Manager (Post-Award) through proactive engagement & management of the Research Development Officers, will work to support departments & PI’s to provide a professional, effective, timely and responsive service.
  • The post holder will add value through providing quality assistance and expert advice on all post award related matters while also working with various teams in professional services such as; HR, Payroll & the contracts teams advising on contractual matters such as Collaboration Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements. This will include the drafting and negotiating of some agreements.
  • This is an interesting and varied role where you will lead a team of 14 to support and manage to help organise workload, planning to key deadlines, overseeing the management and administration of the Research Finance Officers and services delivered to academic and departmental staff covering all aspects of post award research including, project set up, timely invoicing, internal & external audits and the financial management of research grants. Building good relationships with wider teams is key to the job, along ensuring that the processes to support research funding are in place. 
  • We are looking for a customer orientated individual, who has experience of or the aptitude for line management and can use their initiative to solve complex problems. A high level of numeracy and accuracy is important, as is the ability to manage a diverse workload for themselves and their team. 
  • They will have a thorough understanding of the UK HEI research funding landscape.

Please contact Ashley Blake for informal enquiries

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Download job description and person specification Ref 8354 [PDF 111.13KB]

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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

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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