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Research Accountant
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF32607

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 14/06/2020

Job live date: 13/05/2020

Salary: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum

Employment type: PM-ALC

Department: Finance

Division: Finance Planning & Strategy

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

Employment Basis/Type: Full time, Permanent

The University of Reading has a strong research culture with research contributing approximately £39m of income per annum.  Research is at the heart of everything the University does and the Research Accountant has a critical role in providing financial management support to internal and external stakeholders.  

The role will be based within the Research Accounts Team which sits in the wider Finance Planning and Strategy service within the finance function.

The Research Accountant will work closely with colleagues within finance and Research and Enterprise Services (RES) and will liaise directly with senior staff including the Principal Investigators and the Head of Research Services. The role will report to the Research Accounts Team Leader and will work closely with the other Research Accountants and Research Accounts Assistants, a team of 10 in total.   

The post holder will provide an effective and efficient support function on all post award accounting matters for a portfolio of Schools. This will include both internal and externally funded grants and contracts and so we are looking for candidates who have good experience in project accounting for a wide portfolio of projects, particularly research grants or contracts. Some understanding of management accounting would help form the basis of project accounting.

Main duties and responsibilities:
•    Overall responsibility for the financial management and accounting of all research projects from the acceptance of the award, through to receipt of final monies and closure.   
•    Liaising with external funding agencies, especially the EU and research councils to ensure all projects are being delivered in accordance with their requirements
•    Providing support on all research accounting matters to Principal Investigators and other stakeholders
•    Preparing and provide financial statements and reports to Schools, funders and grantors in line with their requirements and the funding agreements
•    Ensuring budgets and forecast outcomes are accurate and integrated into the University wide planning process

You will have:
•    A good all round accounting knowledge with particular experience of project accounting for a wide portfolio, ideally research grants, contracts or other external funding
•    AAT or other accounting qualification.
•    Experience of working in a large finance team
•    Experience of using financial systems, ideally Agresso
•    The ability to interact effectively with all levels of University staff and externally
•    The ability to apply rules and regulations to issues
•    A high level of numeracy and attention to detail

Closing Date: 14th June 2020

Interview Date: 24th June or 26th June 2020

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Research Accounts Team Leader

Contact role:

Head of Finance Planning & Strategy

Contact name:

Aanisah Ehsan

Contact name:

Marie Misselbrook

Contact phone:

0118 378 7165

Contact phone:

0118 378 5201

Contact email:

Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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